Calm and Collected
Bob Slate Stationer
If you’re of the mind that not all desk calendars are created equal, head to Bob Slate, which carries a bevy of options, including the much-lauded Quo Vadis line. 63 Church St., Cambridge (and two other Cambridge locations at 1288 and 1975 Mass. Ave.), 617-547-7181, bobslate.com.
Lekker Unique Home Furnishings
The vast stainless steel magazine rack collection at Lekker rivals the beauty of most magazine covers. 1317 Washington St., Boston, 617-542-6464, lekkerhome.com.
The Museum of Useful Things
The MUT’s Red Vinyl 1 1/2 Bushel Hamper holds (and hides) one-and-a-half bushels of memorabilia. 49B Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-576-3322,
If you think “pretty file cabinet” is an oxymoron, you haven’t seen the collection at Neo Interiors. 279 Worcester Rd. (Rte. 9), Framingham, 508-271-9900, neointeriors.com.
This (ironically) cluttered family-run business offers reams of practical filing supplies, along with funky gems such as a fish-shaped stapler, a tissue dispenser shaped like Shakespeare’s head, and a very liberal student discount policy. 311 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-6650.
The myriad cloth-covered albums at Vellum may inspire you, finally, to take your photos out of that shoebox and display them properly. 55 Dartmouth St., Boston, 617-247-2323, vellumstore.com.