Unboxing: Owlcrate “A Glorious Haunting” September 2020

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This month’s theme is “A Glorious Haunting”

Full box spoilers after the jump.

Blanket by Michelle Gray
Inspired by The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Enamel bookmark by Lapels and Spells

Sleepy Hallow lip balm by Fiction Bath Co

Skull Spoons inspired by The Bone Houses

The Black Flame candle by Novelly Yours
Inspired by Hocus Pocus

Book of the month: Horrid by Katrina Leno

Pin designer: The Pickey Witch

In addition to some color changes to the cover, the dust jacket had reversible art.

This box was a much closer representation of the Owlcrate that I fell in love with. The blanket was great.

I wish the design of the enamel bookmark as different. Ouija inspired designs aren’t really a great thing to send. Sure, it’s not obvious but people still have strong feelings on it. As cute as the skull spoons are, you can easily find those anywhere (including Wish.)

One of the reasons I fell in love with Owlcrate was the fact that they used their platform to elevate & promote small shops. They still do that do a certain extent. (Novelly Yours is run by a book blogging acquaintance I made years ago when I was still The Cheap Reader.)

I really wish they’d return to those roots. Remember their community. I’d be okay with just a few, solid merch items if they were made by shops within our community rather than a lot of junk stuff that I can easily buy from Amazon/Wish/etc.

October’s theme is Legends and Lore. You can see my prediction for October’s book boxes here.

Want to try another book box? Here’s a helpful guide.

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7 thoughts on “Unboxing: Owlcrate “A Glorious Haunting” September 2020

  1. I’ve never used Owlcrate (in UK) but I feel similarly about Illumicrate. They’re boxes used to quarterly and really fab but now they are monthly they just seem to be repetitive and cheaper items to bulk out. I’ve switched to a book only rather than full crate but even then the book choices are becoming ‘bigger’ names rather than books I might not have found in my own.


  2. I liked reading this review– the photos really fit the theme of the box. I am not sure Owl Crate looks at reviews for feedback when making future boxes, but I would also really love to see more content from bookish indie shops! I also loved the blanket.


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