The Gentleman Stationer

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  • A handwritten thank you from me!
  • Patron-only posts
  • Access to periodic member-exclusive sales
  • Special discounts and exclusive promotions for members, including first chance at T.G.S.-exclusive products
  • Access to special members events and meet-ups (currently virtual, and, when things settle down, in-person)

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  • Everything in the previous tier, PLUS
  • Complimentary Sample Pack of Blog Swag (Sticker, button, coasters, etc.) when you pledge
  • The chance to vote on reviews and content
  • Direct access to Yours Truly via a special member-exclusive e-mail address
  • 10% off member-exclusive sales

Bespoke

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  • Everything in the previous tiers, PLUS
  • 20% off member sales 
  • Dedicated pen show time walking a show if we overlap. Though I try to keep myself generally accessible to everyone, if you're supporting me at this level I'll make time to help you pick out a pen, evaluate a purchase opportunity, or just help you navigate what can be a confusing and intimidating experience, especially if you're a first-timer
  • After six months of support, a one hour-long personal consultation annually via Zoom, if you'd like to pick my brain on a pen you're considering, or simply want to discuss the hobby  

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About The Gentleman Stationer

First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who has read and followed the blog for the past five years. It's hard to believe it has been that long, and your feedback and engagement, not to mention the conversations and adventures we've had at pen shows and meetups over the years, have made my presence here some of the most personally fulfilling work I've ever done.

So Why Patreon? 

For the first five years of the site's existence, I funded The Gentleman Stationer using a combination of advertising, retailer affiliate programs, and a whole lot of dipping into my own pocket. I owe it to my family to make TGS truly self-sustaining, and I owe it to you, my readers, to keep pushing forward and improving the quality of your experience.

I've previously been reluctant to launch a membership program for many different reasons, the first of which is my fear of over-committing to things, the second being my desire to do something unique and not just another "send me money if you feel like it" plan. I needed to have something fun to offer beyond the standard blog content, and I have some ideas for the future that I think a select group of devoted readers will enjoy.

TGS Patreon Benefits

More than anything else, Patreon provides me with a forum in which I can post more personal content. For reasons both professional and personal, I need to maintain a certain degree of privacy on the blog. Patrons-only content offers lets me to open things up a bit more and connect with you all on a personal level.  Back in early 2020, when I originally launched T.G.S. Patreon, I had envisioned hosting Patron-exclusive events at pen shows. Though I had the opportunity to meet up with several supporters in Philadelphia and Baltimore, once things started to shut down that all went out the window. For 2021 I'm starting something new: I plan to host monthly virtual hangouts for members, either via video or online chat. Use this as an opportunity to ask me questions, to share new purchases and other finds with each other, or simply to hang out with other like-minded individuals. 

Patreon supporters also receive the exclusive opportunity to acquire gently used stationery goods (typically retail samples, "scratch and dent" items from the T.G.S. Curated Shop that can't be sold full price, and pieces acquired for review on TGS or for my own collection) at the best prices I can offer. Supporters will also receive monthly discounts on specific items in the Curated Shop, as well as periodic promotional offers from other makers and retailers with whom I partner. Finally, this past year I launched my first exclusive product, the T.G.S. Penwell in an "Aged Red" finish, and Patreon subscribers had the first opportunity to purchase a Penwell at a special members-only price. Look for more creations in 2021!   

Thank you once again for supporting me, even if you can't contribute financially! All funds generated from Patreon will be re-invested into growing The Gentleman Stationer and expanding the range of content I can offer my readers. 
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$204.42 of $300 per month
Special TGS Exclusive Products. At $300 per month I can work on developing and offering my own exclusive products, which will likely be collaborations with retailers and manufacturers. I've had preliminary discussions, but I need additional funding to make this happen. Don't worry - it'll be good.
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