Sat 5 Dec 2009
Lost Cowboy has only been around for a few months, but even the casual observer may have noticed that we love stationary. We love paper, cards, journals and anything related to these things. What may not yet be known, is that we also love road trips. Put those two things together, and you have heaven!
Such was the case last weekend when Sophie and I (Jim) took a road trip from my home base just south of Boston to Wellfleet, MA near the end of Cape Cod to visit the season-ending sale at Jules Besch Stationers. Wow! What a run-on sentence – but it told the story!
Last summer while Sophie was in town from London for our annual vacation in Wellfleet, we stumbled into Jules Besch Stationers and fell in love. While chatting with the proprietor, Michael, we learned that in the fall he hosts two big events, a tea in October when he introduces the holiday card collection, and an end of season sale the weekend of Thanksgiving where everything in the shop is 20% off. Unfortunately we couldn’t make the tea, but Sophie was due back for Thanksgiving, so we planned a day trip.
Let’s just say it was well worth the trip and the anticipation. First the shop, according to Fodor’s: “Jules Besch Stationers has extraordinary cards, fine stationery, journals, papers, and pens. Proprietor Michael Tuck’s warm and welcoming nature is as beautiful as his products are; he also offers full calligraphy services.” We couldn’t have said it better!
Sophie and I made the nearly two hour drive and by the time we arrived in Wellfleet we were giddy with excitement. We made it inside the shop and were greeted by Michael who was happy to hear how we had been planning this visit for months. We spent quite some time looking at all the cards and making selections for just about everyone in our lives.
Jules Besch Stationers has a nice selection of unique cards made by local folks and some designs by Michael himself. And then there are the nicest cards from manufacturers like The Museum & Galleries Collection and Lost Cowboy favorite (or “favourite” as Sophie would say) Meri Meri. I bought a great card from the former (“School Days” a 1928 print by Jessie Wilcox Smith) and several items from the latter – to add to an already large collection.
Sophie purchased many great Christmas Cards and my big find were cards from Le Clair Handcrafted Cards, who specialize in cards featuring “Whimsical vintage images.” Put the words “whimsical” and “vintage” together and you have the perfect Lost Cowboy find. But you got to love these whimsical cats on these great cards.
There are hundreds of great cards here and most of them unique. It is great to be able to browse such an eclectic collection all in one place. The shop itself is loaded with vintage fixtures and antique desk accessories – also 20% once a year during the end of the year sale.
After making our purchases and wishing Michael a good winter, Sophie and I had a lovely lunch overlooking Wellfleet Harbor followed by a fantastic hot chocolate in the center of town.
A few of our friends questioned our trip – saying that there is no reason to visit the Cape in late November. Sophie and I, and the lucky few who have discovered this gem of a shop know better.
(Sadly, Jules Besch Stationers does not have a website – but you can find them at 15 Bank St., Wellfleet, MA)