The Crazy Suburban Mom: Finding a Pocket Rio on eBay

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Finding a Pocket Rio on eBay

I get a lot of questions about my pink pocket Rio.  I have used it successfully as a wallet for a long time now and people really seem to wish it's a model Filofax still made.

Pocket rio filofax wallet

The leather is really nice (stiffer, more structured) and has held up well banging around in my purse and I love the soft pink color. I don't like many  of the Filofax pinks but I really like this one.  

  The main issue I have is there aren't any dedicated credit card slots and I do wish the inside was leather and not fabric. 

Pocket rio filofax wallet

The Rio holds a lot considering it's not a squishy leather (especially in the billfold slot).  The zipper pocket it less successful, it's hard to get change out.   

At the moment  a cream one is listed for $58 buy it now with Free Shipping to the US.  The seller doesn't list worldwide shipping but it never hurts to ask.


 Rios come up on eBay from time to time (usually not in the pink though) so if you really want one it pays to set up a custom search  where they email you when one pops up.  Saved searches is one of those helpful but non-intuitive eBay functions.    To save a pocket rio filofax search just type that into the eBay search bar...

ebay search1

Click where it says SAVE....

ebay search2

And a 'save search' pop up will appear.  From there make sure email me daily is check and click save. Getting an email when something you really, really want is listed is great.

But honestly, there are other Filofaxes that would work as well...  Maybe better because some have a leather interior,  credit card slots and a zipper pocket that might work better.  

For example...


The Chameleon has five credit card slots, the large pocket for bills and comes in five colors.


The Finsbury has the large wallet pocket and two credit card slots and comes in seven colors.  I kinda love this blue...


The Malden also has two credit card slots and the billfold pocket. I've never seen one up close and personal but I think the zipper pocket might be more suited for change then the Rio based on the pocket in my A5.   I can get a ton of stuff in there so check the pocket size out.  If the zipper compartment is a flexible as the A5, this might be the best wallet option.

And if they make this in the new iPad cover aqua color I will be totally obsessed with getting one.

I think a pocket Filofax makes a great wallet.   If you want one and can't find (or wait for) a Rio, definitely check out some of the other options.  

Hope this answered some questions I've gotten and will help you find perfection in a wallet.


Morag 11/27/12, 10:52 AM  

I have used a pocket chameleon as a wallet for months now and I love it. In addition to keeping credit cards in the slots I also have credit card holders on the ring binder and I keep shopping lists in there as well. I keep loose change in the zip pocket at the back which opens quite wide :)

Tiki Jane 11/27/12, 12:34 PM  

Thanks for this info! Great help!

Kristin Peters 12/1/12, 8:26 PM  

I just bought a personal rio for 22.00 free ship on eBay! It looks perfect, never used.

Lily 12/8/12, 8:47 AM  

I do exactly the same as Morag, by the sounds of it - I have my most used cards in the front credit card slots, a few very rarely used ones tucked behind there, and the rest in credit card inserts. Also some notes/ maps pages, and finance logs.

Cruz Johnson 8/19/13, 7:56 AM  

I love your Pocket Rio. It is SO CUTE!

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