As though the universe is reading my blog (what up, universe), right after I mentioned in my Dia & Co review that I’d be interested in checking out a pinup/vintage-themed subscription box…one popped up! Pinup in a Pack is a monthly accessory subscription box for pinup girls. For $19.99 each month (shipping included in the lower 48), you will receive a box of 3-4 pinup/vintage-inspired accessories worth up to $50 delivered right to your door. I definitely give a critical eye to subscriptions and curated boxes of all kinds; I’m ex-Ipsy, ex-Gwynnie Bee, ex-Dia & Co…it takes a lot for a box to convince me that I’m better off subscribing than putting that money toward things I know I want. So how does Pinup in a Pack stack up? Find out after the jump.
My first experience with Pinup in a Pack actually happened before I even ordered one. After seeing the box on Instagram, I was very intrigued…but I noticed that the store section included a lot of sunglasses. Much as I love an adorable paid of retro shades, as a full-time glasses wearer I have no use for non-prescription sunglasses; the chance that 1/3 of every box would be something I couldn’t use wasn’t one I was willing to take. But I really wanted to try this box! So I reached out to the Pinup in a Pack organizers…to my delight, they were totally happy to make a note not to include sunglasses in my box. I totally would have understood if that was just too much trouble to deal with, so I really appreciated the quality customer service.
But the exciting part, of course, is when the box arrived:
The box came in a USPS priority envelope; I’m not sure if all boxes are shipped with a signature requirement or if my post office is just being weird (it often is), but they wouldn’t leave the package in my apartment lobby.
My April box included a scarf, bamboo bangles, and a bow ring. I’ve actually been planning to buy bamboo bangles for a while now, so I was really happy to get these! The scarf is so cute. You all know how I feel about pineapples, and this summer fruit print is perfect for the warm weather. I’m not a big fan of the ring…it’s cute, but it’s so plasticky, it feels like kiddy jewelery to me. I’ll still wear it, but it does feel like an obvious weak link in the box.
Is Pinup in a Pack worth the money? I’m not 100% sure yet. If you’re just starting out with pinup style (if you are, check out my 5 ways to start working retro flair into your everyday style!), a box like this would definitely be a great way to build up a collection of accessories. I do feel like I could use new accessories, so I am tempted. I think it’s a solid value to get these three pieces for $19.99, though not like a WOW! value. But every subscription box goes through peaks and valleys, and you have to have some of the boxes that are closer to the actual price value to have the ones that could hit that $50 value marker.
So, like the Dread Pirate Roberts, I’m saying, “Good night, PInup in a Pack. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning next month.” Let’s wait and see…I’m curious to find out what will come in the May box and how long a niche accessory box can go without feeling repetitive.
Do you have a subscription box you really enjoy? I’m just so picky about them…a big part of that might be that I’m a super Type A control freak…