The Crazy Suburban Mom: Losing your best friend

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Losing your best friend

I haven't done much posting in the last month, and while I've done some videos, most haven't been about a Filofax brand organizer which makes me sad. I feel an emotional connection to my Filofax binders; something akin to the connection for a friend who helped pull me out the other side of hard times.


These binders of mine are more then tools; they are my confidants, my road maps to success, the leather-wrapped, physical  embodiment of my inner voice, nudzhing me to get all to-dos, to-done.  A Filofax, and the pages therein,  are where I go when I need to mull things over, find an obscure but needed bit of information, tackle obstacles, and dream about what could be.  And they are one of the few things in my life all about me.

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This morning I was thinking this over when an email popped in my inbox about a half price sale on black personal Maldens (on the UK site).  I went right over to see about it and yep, half price black Maldens.   I clicked on the other colors to be sure they weren't on sale and nope.  Not on sale or in stock so I clicked back to the black one.  In a matter of a few seconds the black one was gone too.

I went to the US site to check and anything that had big enough rings and a good design in leather was out of stock.

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So, where does this leave me?  The newer models don't do it for me, there are fewer and fewer leather models, and none look like they will age well.  The pocket configurations are odd, the rings don't hold up under normal use,  they arrive in your mailbox, unprotected, thrown in an envelope, and none look like someone acquainted with planner use tested the design prior to production.

Add to all of that; any possible candidates go out of stock before I have time to consider my purchase and save up for it.

Change is inevitable but this doesn't feel like change; it feels like the dismantling of something special. This morning it got to me.  I feel an indefinable loss that I can't quite wrap my head around and feels oddly like grief...  Like I've lost something special.

filofax

Or my best friend.


17 Comments:

Jane O. 6/1/14, 10:12 AM  

Tracy,
You've summed up what I've been feeling since shortly after discovering the Filofax brand back in 2009. However, change is inevitable. Keep your eye out for the older binders, post an advert or two, and breathe. Unfortunately, those of us who are into the older binders can't ignite change as long as the 'new' Filofax crowd keeps buying buying buying the new models. This trend will slow, and then our collective "bring back quality" voice may be heard.
Hugs,
Jane

Nancy Zarroli 6/1/14, 10:13 AM  

Beautiful post, Tracy. You were able to articulate something that I'm sure is so hard to even come to the realization yourself! It's so hard when Filofax barely has any stock. Perhaps you can find what you love from someone else (used)?! I was going to say perhaps this is a sign you're ready for something else but it sounds like you're actually missing it. What about your Ording and Renda (or whatever that binder is called!?!?!) You semed to have been happy in that!

janet 6/1/14, 10:45 AM  

What a wonderful post! I hear ya - I feel the same myself fairly often - particularly about expensive binders being thrown in a thin envelope.

I have found that vintage binders and other brands such as Van Der Spek have brought the love back.

Big hugs

Tracy Reinhardt 6/1/14, 10:54 AM  

Jane, I agree. If there was knowledge of how well the old ones sell ... but I find it hard to believe there isn't. I don't know... this morning I just don't know

Tracy Reinhardt 6/1/14, 10:55 AM  

Nancy - yes the ordning and reda was a joy pretty much. I think my feeling about filofax isn't only about it's usefulness though. I just have an emotional attachment... and at this point with O&R I've got no ideas if the refills will be available anymore....

Tracy Reinhardt 6/1/14, 10:57 AM  

janet - I'm all but priced out of binders like gillio which I think are well made and well thought out with a great pocket configuration. Vanderspek is much more affordable and another possibility - But having to save up for each binder is daunting and there is no guarantee what I saved for will be available when I have the money - on any of them But both are options

Camilla 6/3/14, 9:28 AM  

From an environmental point of view I think it is really great that they are selling out so fast (the Malden Ochre stock disappeared in less than 60 days). Though, it is frustrating as a customer not knowing if the model you want, in the colour you love, will be available when you've managed to save up for it. I really think they should have a pre-order system in place if they can't keep enough stock. Oh, and also mark their models with "standard" and "limited edition". For instance, the malden in ochre might be marked "standard" since it is a model they seem to always keep in stock. For as long as a filofax was marked as "standard" we as customers would know that even if it is out of stock it is not being discontinued in the next 12 months. "Limited Edition" would be the kind of filofaxes that they just make once, and when stock is gone it is gone.


Anyhow, as for finding the Filofax you want, have you tried the german or french sites? They tend to have things that are not available on the uk site and the other way around. That was how I managed to get hold on m A5 Original in Yellow.

Camilla 6/3/14, 9:28 AM  
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Camilla 6/3/14, 9:28 AM  

From an environmental point of view I think it is really great that they are selling out so fast (the Malden Ochre stock disappeared in less than 60 days). Though, it is frustrating as a customer not knowing if the model you want, in the colour you love, will be available when you've managed to save up for it. I really think they should have a pre-order system in place if they can't keep enough stock. Oh, and also mark their models with "standard" and "limited edition". For instance, the malden in ochre might be marked "standard" since it is a model they seem to always keep in stock. For as long as a filofax was marked as "standard" we as customers would know that even if it is out of stock it is not being discontinued in the next 12 months. "Limited Edition" would be the kind of filofaxes that they just make once, and when stock is gone it is gone.


Anyhow, as for finding the Filofax you want, have you tried the german or french sites? They tend to have things that are not available on the uk site and the other way around. That was how I managed to get hold on m A5 Original in Yellow.

Lisa 6/3/14, 11:47 AM  

I feel much the same. I've only started using my filofax, finally taking the leap after finding a reasonably priced model on eBay. It's already become my security blanket. I knew I wanted an older version filofax, so I'm not tempted by the newer ones. Agree that the new models do not seem very substantial. I need a workhorse, not a pretty face I'll have to change out in a year. Good luck in your search.

Tommes S. 6/3/14, 1:34 PM  

I feel pretty much the same about the new models. I'm so glad my old Filofax still keeps going strong. I just cannot imagine what will happen if it should ever fall apart. I hope Steve and others from Philofaxy can convince Filofax to return to former standards, at least for some binders!

Good luck, Thomas

Aimless Allee 6/3/14, 2:52 PM  

After accumulating 20+ FF in the past couple of years and not being in love with any of them, I recently bought the Day-Timer Malibu. It is leather and floppy like a Malden, but I like the colors better and the pocket config. And it's reasonably priced...no inserts, but I've got plenty of those. My favorite thing...it lays flat out of the box! And the closure lays flat too. It can use FF Personal, but since it is a tad bigger than a Malden, I am using FC sized inserts...that extra 1/2" makes a big difference for me. Oh, and 2 pen loops that actually fit real normal-sized pens!It's not perfect, but better than what I've seen from FF.

Aimless Allee 6/3/14, 2:57 PM  

Random question. I love watching your videos and seeing your art. It has inspired me to be a bit more creative. Did you go to school for art or is it just natural talent? I would love to see a video about your art journey.

Tracy Reinhardt 6/3/14, 4:40 PM  

Camilla - I hadn't really thought of it as being a good thing for the sell outs and you have a point for sure - there is more then enough surplus junk in dollar stores. I suppose it's the frequency they are out of stock and how the world as it is, allows for no considering time. Once things are gone they are gone and many things are not remade. I have located some abroad - but really.... the quality is so much lower then my vintage filofaxes my heart isn't in the new ones.

Tracy Reinhardt 6/3/14, 4:43 PM  

Lisa yes, exactly. Have you seen maryann moll's youtube channel and her last video about the vintage savannah - I do understand what she said and how she feels I think I've watched that video 50 times... http://youtu.be/w5wfBtoMIMs

Tracy Reinhardt 6/3/14, 4:43 PM  

Tommes - I worry about that as well... Its so sad really

Tracy Reinhardt 6/3/14, 4:48 PM  

Allee - I would do that too but it wouldn't be the personal size so... no inserts would fit... it would be a giant pain. If I thought it would really, really improve something I would do it but... They do have ring size going for them and they are affordable - and the pen loops for sure... As to the art, I took art classes in high school which was a really (really) long time ago - I don't draw naturally - like if I want to draw a bird I can't just sit down and do it - I have to find a picture of a bird and copy it - or find a youtube tutorial on it.... I also read art books - there are always weird random tips even in books I never use for anything else - that improves something I've been meaning to post about all this, so many people have asked

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