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6 vintage Owl Clips / small 3/4" or large 1" paper clamps / MCM industrial design / secondhand sourced, embodied e/m, ethical office supply

6 vintage Owl Clips / small 3/4" or large 1" paper clamps / MCM industrial design / secondhand sourced, embodied e/m, ethical office supply

Regular price $12.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $12.00 USD
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The paper clip is our muse: a ubiquitous item that we often don't even consider in day to day life...and yet, somehow, they caught our attention more than a decade ago, and we've been collecting and learning about them ever since (we'll get into all the reasons why below).

At the time of this listing, there are no small (.5" wide by .75" tall) owl clips or round-eyed large (.67" wide x 1" long) clips available for sale on eBay or Etsy, nor have any vintage ones sold on eBay in the last three months -- so while we're sure some of you will stumble across them at an estate sale or wherever, and others of you are smugly clutching your pocket protectors at this very moment, it's safe to say that ease of access to these bits of history are generally out of 'I want it now' reach (sure, you can get new #3 clips at the big box, but as with so much other cheaply manufactured schtuff these days, they don't compare).

So - since we don't know when we'll stumble across more of these, we're divvying them up and pricing them as precious: when you choose this listing, you will get six original vintage clips in the size of your choosing (small - 1/2 x 3/4" or large - 2/3" x 1", specifically with the old style rounded eyes).

Use them sparingly, enjoy them in moderation, and treasure them always: as they should be.

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