I was really excited to find out that the July edition of Once Upon a Bookcase was going to be featuring Beetlejuice for the Anything/Everything & Manly Man Box, as well as a classic Bronte Sister read for the Girly Girl Box!
Once Upon a Bookcase has been a box that I’ve looked forward to for nearly a year now and I am so excited to announce that they’ve switched manufacturers and are producing even higher quality phone cases than before. But more on that a little later.
This was the last month that they were with their original cases, and both themes had me very excited. I had actually never seen Beetlejuice but decided I needed to watch it before settling on which box I was going to go with. I ended up loving the movie and stuck with my Anything/Everything box.
The case featured the read Handbook for the Recently Deceased, a huge prop from the movie for those of you who haven’t seen it and I absolutely ADORED this design. I thought it was a design for the phone case, tying it to the movie.
The first item included was a folded up, spiral frisbee that read Beetlejuice three times, in black and white. This was absolutely adorable and so fitting with the theme, however it wasn’t something I could see myself using.
My favorite of the items included were the fingerless, black and white gloves which will definitely be used a ton this coming fall/winter!
Also included was a little packet of movie props, including a rubber cockroach (I’ll admit, I squealed a bit when I opened the box and saw it), a Beetlejuice Business Card and the photograph of the ghosts. All three of these were perfect with the theme but I really wasn’t sure I’d get much use out of them.
As usual, the artwork on the monthly description card was beautiful and I loved it! Definitely going in rotation for my picture frames!
That said, the Beetlejuice Box was kind of a miss for me, item wise. I absolutely loved the case and was thrilled with it (which is the whole point of the box) but the extra items just didn’t do it for me. That’s when I emailed them and asked if they had any extras of the Girly Girl box and lo and behold she still had a few!
This was one that I was SUPER excited about and as soon as I received it, I knew I should have switched originally.
The Wuthering Heights phone case was stunning. In my review for the February LitCube, they teamed up with Chicklit Designs (the creator of Once Upon a Bookcase) to create and include an item for their boxes. The design is the one you see above on the phone case! I was so excited to have a matching wallet (the February LitCube item) and phone case, both are stunning and I was beyond excited to have both.
The first item was an absolutely beautiful, a tree necklace with bits of purple stone included. This pendant has already been worn multiple times and I absolutely love how dainty but unique it is.
A Wuthering Heights notepad was also included which was super cute, and at the rate I write myself notes, I will never complain to get cute note paper!
The last item was a laurel wreath type headband which I think was beyond beautiful however was quite tight (good, you don’t want it to slide off) but so tight in fact that it actually broke when I tried to put it on the first time. No biggie, just one of the o rings came apart – easy fix. I just never thought of myself as having a large head, so I worry for people with bigger heads and how they used it.
Overall, I definitely loved this box more than the Beetlejuice one, however there is one more fact I’d like to bring up.
I used both cases for about half the month each, and both began to crack along the ‘spines’. By crack, I mean the design began to peel and chip away to become very faded and obviously I was a bit upset. However as a long time subscriber and having this had never happened before, I emailed them just to let them know what was going on.
They were already aware of the situation and were switching manufacturers for the following month which thrilled me, and I thanked them. A few days later, I was surprised to find a package in my mailbox from an address I didn’t know. Upon opening it was a brand new Wuthering Heights case by their new manufacturer. I didn’t ask for a new one, and I specifically said to them that regardless I was happy to be a subscriber and knew this wasn’t their standard. They had absolutely no cause to send me a new one….but they did it anyway knowing that mine had chipped.
I was so overwhelmed by the absolutely incredibly customer service they provided. All my emails were answered within 24 hours and the quality of help I was given was above and beyond what I expected. I am so incredibly grateful to companies who take the time to ensure their customers are happy and who do everything in their power to guarantee that.
This box is one I look forward to each and every month and I highly recommend it to everyone!
If you’d like to get your hands on a future Once Upon a Bookcase, I absolutely recommend heading to their website and signing up! And be sure to check out their Instagram for hints on each months theme options!