Q&A with our Fans #2


This is the second question and answer blog post with some of our fans. We met Deb through a Facebook contest. She won a contest and in talking with her we found out she was a serious Retro collector!

Name: Deb Hays

How many Retro pens and product do you own:
I’m not sure — but over two hundred pens

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Which Retro was your first one? Was it a gift or purchase for yourself?
I honestly don’t remember which one I got first, although I’m pretty sure it was a Tornado, probably one of the lacquers.  I bought it for myself.

What characteristic about our products are you drawn to?
The pens are a superior quality for a very reasonable price.

Do you have a favorite or a top five favorites?
Not in any particular order:
1. Swish – I bought the “Swish” for myself and my son to add to our collections.  When I got the pen, I realized that it was such a cool pen, and I am such a basketball fanatic (Hoosier from Indiana, and graduate of Indiana University) I really wanted to show the pen off and use it during basketball season.  Torn between that and the desire to keep my pen pristine for my collection, I decided the only solution was to buy a second one.  That pen is now safely tucked into my pen case with the rest of the collection, and I am showing off my first Swish every chance I get.
2. Lincoln
3. Marlin
4. Joker
5. Pretty much all the lacquers
But honestly, it’s like asking a mom which child she loves best.  Each is different, and beloved in its own way.

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How long have you been collecting Retro 51’s?
Probably since the early 2000s.
 
What made you start collecting Retro products?
They are beautiful pens, reasonably priced, and when I started, I had 2 kids to put through college.

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Which Popper theme do you think we need to come out with next?
I love the Sports themes, so I’m expecting a baseball pen; but I also like the idea of superheroes. (I know someone else has superhero pens, but I also believe you could do it much better.) Ialso wish you had a larger inventory of fountain pens, as I have begun using them regularly.  In fact, at this point, yours are the only non-fountain pens I do use.

What is your next Retro 51 purchase?
The Jackie and the Dimples (thanks, I just bought the Cherry Blossoms pen from Fahrney’s and I had promised myself to lay off for a little bit — not now.)

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Thanks Deb for taking your time to answer these questions and share your collection with other Retro fans and us!

-Retro51 Team

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  1. Reblogged this on Musings of an Art Therapist/Artist and commented:
    Art Materials: I love them all and I am obsessed with pens! I’m a big Retro 51 collector, but I don’t have a huge collection. This person does!

  2. I love Retro 51 pens. One of my favorites is Bloom, the red ones, limited edition. I think I lost it and replaced it and then I lost it again and could not find another one anywhere. That was terrible. I also lost my bubble gum colored one but I replaced it! and recently lost the Roosevelt. It’s terrible to lose these beloved pens! I’m in NYC so I probably left one in the subway. My new favorite is the monochrome pink one. Love it.

    • Natasha, thanks for commenting and sharing our blog post. Wow, you’ve misplaced some pens, that has to be frustrating! Thanks for being a fan despite these losses. If you call our customer service looking for a certain pen, sometimes they can help you out. 1-800-466-1951

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