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stracci2000

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So surprise that people still refer to my blog post that was written so many years ago! Wow!!
Hi @fussykiki !
Thank you for posting those instructions so long ago! Of course I had you bookmarked!
I made several of your square boxes with velvet and satin, but I had to cut the fabric to size 'cause I couldn't find the velvet ribbon you suggested in your instructions.
Yes, we are still making the boxes!
 

yssie

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Heads up here that Mrs. Box seems to be having quality control issues (still? again?).

I bought a set of five. All boxes show some combo of uneven and fraying seams, stains, glue bubbles (that you can’t “stroke out” with the grain), poorly covered cushions.

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The website states an easy return policy. I have emailed in to send all mine back.
 

MeowMeow

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Heads up here that Mrs. Box seems to be having quality control issues (still? again?).

I bought a set of five. All boxes show some combo of uneven and fraying seams, stains, glue bubbles (that you can’t “stroke out” with the grain), poorly covered cushions.

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The website states an easy return policy. I have emailed in to send all mine back.
I think it might be still. I told myself I was just too picky and clearly my expectations were too high for those boxes. The edges looked just like yours :( I ended up having 3 of them. One I sucked it up and kept. Tried again in a different colour thinking I had to be a one off and was peeved it happened again so I exchanged it. Third box was just barely acceptable to me and I wasn't willing to mail it back again so I kept it. I was hoping QA had improved :( those beveled boxes were looking super tempting. I hope they get you your refund quick.
 

yssie

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I think it might be still. I told myself I was just too picky and clearly my expectations were too high for those boxes. The edges looked just like yours :( I ended up having 3 of them. One I sucked it up and kept. Tried again in a different colour thinking I had to be a one off and was peeved it happened again so I exchanged it. Third box was just barely acceptable to me and I wasn't willing to mail it back again so I kept it. I was hoping QA had improved :( those beveled boxes were looking super tempting. I hope they get you your refund quick.
They're very precise and thick and sturdy - if done well they have potential to be much more neat than any that I've bought off Etsy! No bowing, no bending, sharp corners, clean edges. But for $75 a box before shipping for cardboard and velvet - "done well" is not optional :???:
 

MeowMeow

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They're very precise and thick and sturdy - if done well they have potential to be much more neat than any that I've bought off Etsy! No bowing, no bending, sharp corners, clean edges. But for $75 a box before shipping for cardboard and velvet - "done well" is not optional :???:
Yeah they have the potential to be absolutely gorgeous! Probably why I'm still pining after them. It's just after my 3 experiences with them it's hard to want to give them money again. Even if the product looks really pretty. I just don't feel i can trust them to give me a good product. And seeing your multiple boxes with the same issues I had makes me sad. All that should've been worked out a long time ago.
 

yssie

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The packaging is kind of hilarious...

So the set of five I bought arrives in an unmarked white box that just says shipping from The Mrs Box. If you happen to know that The Mrs Box sells ring boxes, great. If you're the husband of someone who happens to know that The Mrs Box sells ring boxes, well, "The Mrs Box" could be anything, really, right?

...The set of five boxes comes in a single long white box that is also unmarked on three sides. My other half asked if I wanted some privacy opening it :lol: I can definitely see how for those not in the know the proportions of this box - in combination of the mysterious The Mrs Box label - might be reminiscent of, um, other feminine utilities :lol:

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PintoBean

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@yssie - have you tried the family joolz (etsy)?
The boxes I have are sweet! Bonus - woman owned business, made in America, mother, widow, breadwinner!!!

Sometimes when I don't want to "keep on keeping on", I think about how she has kept chugging along, and it motivates me.
 

yssie

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@yssie - have you tried the family joolz (etsy)?
The boxes I have are sweet! Bonus - woman owned business, made in America, mother, widow, breadwinner!!!

Sometimes when I don't want to "keep on keeping on", I think about how she has kept chugging along, and it motivates me.
I bought five of her baby boxes yesterday! The smaller the better - I'm super happy to hear that I'm buying from a wonderful person, too!
 

yssie

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I bought five of her baby boxes yesterday! The smaller the better - I'm super happy to hear that I'm buying from a wonderful person, too!
Well. Short review here. I purchased five boxes from The Family Joolz.

Size description on listing is inaccurate: Listing states approx. 3cm wide and tall; my five small square boxes range between 3.8-4.1cm tall and 3.5-3.7cm wide. By comparison, The Mrs Box boxes are exactly as described - all 3.5cm wide and 3.5cm tall on the dot.

Seller policy describes a 24hr refund period. Seller may ship anytime within a several-week period. However, seller will provide no leeway for COVID travel interfering with timing of receipt (which is understandable - she has no guarantee that the boxes have not been used in the meantime). If you, like me, travel for work despite COVID, I strongly suggest starting a conversation with seller prior to purchase to ensure practicalities of timing can be addressed.

The colours are gorgeous. And the packaging is completely adorable. However, at $35 each, the boxes are overpriced for quality, in my opinion. Seams don't match up on any of mine, top inserts aren't aligned, obvious glue/wax/melt(?) spots on the raised textured ribbon lining (not sure what it's called), foam visible on the sides of the ring inserts. Workmanship on one of my boxes is egregious - seller agreed to a refund of that one box. Seller offered to replace foam inserts, and attempt to lower box height on the others for an extra charge.

When I requested a return of all five, expressing that I was unhappy with the sizing inaccuracy first and foremost, seller provided explanation that the boxes are handmade and she's not a machine, and that if I'd wanted more specific information regarding box sizing than the approximation provided I ought to have inquired prior to purchase, and that I really should have purchased one box first to ensure I was happy with make. I suppose that's true.

All in all - really quite unimpressed. I'll try my luck with The Mrs Box again, based on accuracy of listing and unhesitating acknowledgment of obvious defects with immediate offer to remediate or refund.
 
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aac2013

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I have bought 4 Mrs Boxes over the years (3 are the old style vintage velvet and 1 new style but still a couple of years old at this point). I also have 4 from JuliaB which were very well made for a fraction of the price. Sadly she no longer sales them. Most recently I bought a multi ring version from this Etsy vendor and was delighted at the quality. I bought the traveler size which I use for, well travel. It came in fitted velvet bag rather than a box. Can’t speak to the smaller version but the pics look great. Crisp edges and seams were super important to me as was smooth surface. If anyone is interested I can take a picture with my actual box rather than the one I copied from the vendor page. Just posting as another option, particularly for anyone who might be interested in a multi ring option.



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aac2013

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Oh, I just realized that I needed to post my Mrs Boxes. The black one is the new velvet style and the other 3 are for the older vintage velvet runs.



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