Happy New Year!





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OnJanuary 1, 2014, posted in: Latest News by

Christmas 2013 - Opening Times

That time has almost arrived, so here are our opening times for the next couple of weeks;


Christmas Week

Monday 23rd December Open. Last day for shipments and local deliveries.
Christmas Eve Skeleton crew, processing orders for post Christmas delivery.
Christmas Day Closed. Surprised?
Boxing Day Still closed. Really.
Friday 27th December Skeleton crew, processing orders for January delivery.


New Year’s Week

Monday 30th December
Skeleton crew, processing orders for January delivery.
New Year’s Eve Closed.
New Year’s Day Closed.
Thursday 2nd December Business as usual.
Friday 3rd December Business as usual.


Merry Christmas everyone and have a great New Year!

The Stock In Trade Team

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OnDecember 19, 2013, posted in: Latest News by

Useless, but fun Desktop Toys

You have your pens, your paper, your stapler and a desk organiser. Maybe even a photo of a loved one. Still, something is missing. A desktop toy! It alleviates boredom and reduces everyday office stress – and as it’s the festive season, what better time to think about toys.

So here’s a list of our favourite useless but fun desktop toys (in no particular order);

1. Newton’s Cradle

Probably the most symbolic toy of executive status. A simple arrangement of suspended steel ball bearings. Lift one or two away from the rest and watch the forces clicking the balls back and forth.

Entertaining, but absolutely useless.

2. Desktop Dalek

A smaller (and much safer) version of the real thing. It will “patrol” your desktop at random and annoy all by shouting “Exterminate”. A sensor stops it running off the edge, spinning back instead.

Not just for a true “Whovian”, but even mildly interested Dr Who fan – who wouldn’t want a Dalek on their desk?

3. C3PO Money Box

Have this little three legged Star Wars robot sit on your desk and every time you put in some coins it will sound out its familiar distinctive beeps. Completely unintelligible, but it’s a bit of fun to brighten your day.It won’t own your desk like the Dalek, but it may help you save for tickets to the next Star Wars film release.

Not just for fans. Maybe.

4. Desktop Henry Vacuum Cleaner

Yep, a tiny vacuum cleaner. A cute one though. A small, but fully working model of the classic that’s just perfect for hoovering up biscuit crumbs or any other dust bunnies in your keyboard.

Helping to keep your desktop clean, it’s a useful, useless, but fun toy.

5. USB Rocket Launcher

Annoy office colleagues with this small rocket launcher. It’s USB so use your laptop /PC to aim and fire. It’s probably one of the coolest but most useless of desktop toys. The missiles are quite feeble, but you don’t want to a serious work injury.

Why settle for just one desktop when you can invade your neighbours?


These desktop toys can make the perfect Christmas present for someone you know that works in an office. They may brighten someone’s day, and probably annoying a few others.

Merry Christmas!

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OnDecember 18, 2013, posted in: Banners and Information, Front Page, Our Blog by

Pen vs Sword

Pen vs Sword

Wars have been fought with swords but peace treaties are signed with a pen – or an earlier version of one. So what are the facts supporting the claim that that the pen is mightier than the sword?

The humble pen was originally made from quills or reeds that were dipped in ink. This dates back to Egyptian times, in fact the name “pen” is derived from the Latin for feather, penna.

The more modern ballpoint pen came a lot later and is quite a neat invention. The metal nib contains a hard steel ball that dispenses a viscous oil based ink that immediately dries upon contact – eliminating the need for blotting paper.

You may think the pen isn’t a dangerous instrument, but they’re responsible for over one hundred deaths a year! Mainly due to people playing with them in their mouths and the pen cap then lodging in their throat causing choking. Not a pleasant thought, but hopefully one that might discourage you from doing it.

The most expensive pen ever produced was the Aurora Diamante fountain pen, decorated with over 30 carats of  diamonds on a solid platinum barrel. It has a two-tone, rhodium-treated, 18 Carat solid gold nib and can be personalised with a coat of arms, signature, or portrait. It currently costs just over £856K ($1.4 million) A must for anyone who wants the ultimate in bling when it comes to signing those cheques at the supermarket. Though let’s face it, it’s all plastic these days.

More down to earth is the basic ballpoint pen, a true genius of modern day engineering and can be picked up almost anywhere for just a few pence. So next time your signing your name, penning that letter or simply having a scribble or doodle whilst on the telephone, have a thought for our beloved inked friend – and please keep out of the mouth.

Stock In Trade


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OnNovember 28, 2013, posted in: Banners and Information, Front Page, Our Blog by

Stapler, Post-it, Scissors?

Rock, Paper, Scissors

As you know we’re all mad about stationary here, but what is this game about?

Scissors beats paper, easy (poor paper always getting cut up).
Scissors are blunted by rock. Who would try to cut a rock with a pair of scissors?!
Rock is defeated by paper, regardless of size or weight.

A simple, but amazing game! Where did it originate from?

Apparently it was during the Ming Dynasty around 1600 AD. Yep, believe it or not, that’s when it’s first documented. Although there was a much earlier Japanese game around 205 AD which was more ABC, where A beats C and B beats A. It’s more an algebraic game and just doesn’t have the same fun factor.

Why did they choose rock, paper and scissors? Well, we know rock has been around since the start of time (or maybe just slightly after). Scissors were first used in ancient Egypt around 1500 AD. And paper? Well another Egyptian product (the very word “paper” is derived from the Latin papyrus). So taking that into account, we really have no idea why they were picked.

Thousands of years later, why hasn’t it been updated? Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory invented his own version, named Rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock. Bit geeky, but he’s trying to do something new.

So why not Photocopier, Paper, Scissors (Photocopier copies paper, scissors jams photocopier). Too silly? Okay then, Stapler, Paper, Scissors? Or maybe Stapler, post-it, laminator?

With so many stationery items to choose from, what would you pick?

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OnSeptember 11, 2013, posted in: Banners and Information, Front Page, Our Blog by