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And Now For Our Volunteers

While a lot of credit goes to show organizers, that’s not the whole story.

Rave reviews of Scriptus have come in from all fronts, and much of it has to do with how smoothly things went on the actual day. And just like the oil that keeps your car from over-heating and breaking down, we had a team of volunteers whose hard work was vital to the success of the show:

  • Claudia (Cyber6)
  • Chelsea Armstrong
  • Lauren Armstrong
  • Lisa Cox
  • Allan Friedman
  • Robert Maguire
  • Robin McLaughlin
  • Luke Reece
  • Dorothy Russell

They put in long, hard hours doing behind-the-scenes work; hours that could have been spent wandering around, enjoying the good pen, ink, and paper-y things on display. Claudia’s persuasive powers put an ink table on the floor, for which she provided samples of both ink and paper, and then attended from start to finish. Hourly attendance counts were done (a big thing, as free admission provides no data). The front table (information and raffle) was an entity in and of itself, again thanks to a seemingly tireless team.

Thus, our eternal gratitude goes flooding out. So long as we have a volunteer team supporting Scriptus, you can be guaranteed that we will put in the hours organizing a show for them to support!

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Post-Show Report

  • “The venue was great…and the day of the week and time of year worked perfectly. The organization was fabulous…. Well done.”
  • “There was a very good variety of items and vendors. I also had a good time talking to many of the attendees. It was for me an excellent introduction to pen shows.”
  • “I would say [the show] was the best ever and I have taken part in every pen show that has ever happened in Toronto. Nothing comes close to what you have achieved…”
  • “It was so good to see familiar faces behind the tables and the smiling faces of the attendees. I think we all made a lot of people happy…”

And in one day, it’s all done.

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9:50 a.m. Ready and waiting.

The first Scriptus pen & writing show took off at a run, with people lined up outside the Toronto Reference Library well before the 10:00 a.m. start time. There were a few last-minute exhibitor cancellations, but we were able to call in a few last-minute waiting list replacements, and all of the tables were filled and set up by opening time, when people started flooding in.

Crowds were consistently solid up until the last hour or so, and our visitors represented a wide range of people and interests. The repair table was busy all day, and many people simply took a number and spent time enjoying the various exhibitors’ tables until their turn came up for repairs. A number of show attenders also made arrangements for impromptu meet-ups out in the library, sharing their new-found treasures with friends and online acquaintances.

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10:30 a.m. A full house on a sunny morning.

Our volunteers were willing, able, and capable. The front desk was constantly attended, and fielded both general questions and raffle sales.

The ink sample table was also a great success, and was able to introduce a number of people to all sorts of new colours and ink-types, including the much-anticipated powdered inks. Tomoe River paper samplers were very popular, and will undoubtedly result in skyrocketing addiction rates!

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Sean makes a mess. Over, and over, and over…

The raffle was very popular, and sales were strong enough to guarantee a show for next year. We will be announcing the winners in the next few days, as well as arrangements for them to pick up their prizes.

All of the exhibitors reported that people were thrilled to be in attendance, and that the venue was an excellent one. Many appreciated the opportunity to meet their customers face-to-face, with a number coming from other provinces and from the U.S. to enjoy the show. Sales were very strong, and it was a joy to see how happy people were to find pens they had hoped for, observe dozens of gleefully ink-stained hands, and see people able to instantly start writing with pen & ink, and on paper, that they had just discovered that day. By our estimates we saw some 1,200 people visit over the course of six hours, many of whom spent a few hours with us.

With Scriptus 2014 such a roaring success, we can confidently say that a show in 2015 will happen. As we confirm specific details we will, of course, let you know.

Scriptus 2014

No rest for the wicked!

Scriptus on CBC

The CBC Radio Toronto morning show Metro Morning has scheduled an interview about Scriptus with our handsome spokesman, Philip Akin. Tune in to 99.1 FM, at 6:25 7:20 a.m. on Friday, October 31!

As if you weren’t already excited enough…

Call For Volunteers

Scriptus is looking for a few hardy souls to help out with the smooth running of the show. We are looking for help in the following areas:

  • Manning the raffle/information table throughout the show;
  • Morning & afternoon loading dock guard;
  • Miscellaneous things, as we think of them!

We deeply appreciate our volunteers; without them the show can’t run smoothly. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts, in advance. And, of course, we are more than happy to waive the entry fee for them, and their entire extended families… Oh.

If you are willing to help, even for just a part of the day, please send an email to:

Update: our first volunteer was within 15 minutes! Huzzah!

Exhibitors Map Now Online

After months of hard work, Scriptus 2014 is nearly upon us. In just under two weeks Toronto will have it’s first pen show in over four years, and it’s first ever stationery show!

We are pleased to announce the release of a finalized floor plan. The venue is a beautiful one, but even the best venue has it’s challenges. Who needs electricity? How do you place different types of exhibitors? Who gets put under the back stairwell? (Philip does, of course!)

But after hours of deliberation, we have a finalized map and list of vendors. It is available in pdf format, which can be downloaded to your portable device, or printed out in hard copy. Copies will also be available at the show, right at the entrance.

So get planning! Inks, paper, or pens first? We are looking forward to seeing you there.

pdf-icon-transparentScriptus 2014 Exhibitors Map

On-site Repairs at Scriptus

No pen show would be complete without offering on-site repairs, and Scriptus is no exception.

We are happy to announce that Sean Gosse, formerly of PenRX, has agreed to be available for on-site repairs and nib work at Scriptus. Many will remember his ink-stained fingers at the Toronto International Pen Show, in previous years.

So dust off your pen box, dig out that not-quite-right nib, and bring them in with you. Just five weeks to go!