NEW Platform Coming Soon!
When I first decided to become a retailer, and start this store three years ago, monthly fees and price were a big concern! As you should recall (especially if you knew me when...), Fees and hassles were a big factor in my decision to stop selling (then vintage pens) only on the "big board", and the "bay". My teaching of history, and love of the subject, is why I chose the name of "Federalist Pens". "Federalist Frank" started as a joke in response to the "big social board" request (demand) that I create a personal page. I was not allowed to only have a business profile presence- even though me, and other fellow retailers pay them monthly to "boost" some of our posts (Yes- this is how they pay bills people..). Now, that handle is synonymous with the store itself! I'm a marketing genius- LOL!
So, three years later (year 4 as far as the IRS is concerned/ask your accountant!)- we are doing quite well, and my traffic is exceeding my accepted monthly rate! My current web platform was good for a start, but I am now paying over $50 per month to host it! This is twice the amount I should be paying- It was time to shop! After consulting a fellow pen retailer, and seeing some of the options out there, I decided to switch to the Shopify Platform! A nice flat rate- no overages for traffic, nor products! I anticipate the "One Man Pen Store" of being able to complete the migration in about 3-4 weeks. It will definitely be in July, as I do not wish to continue paying for two platforms any longer that necessary!
I already know that Shopify is a much friendlier platform! Even the back office is much easier to use! It has a very friendly mobile platform, and Shopify even hosts it's own secure checkout! I will also continue to accept PayPal and Amazon Pay at Checkout! You can still shop on my current platform- I have no intention of keeping the store "off-line"! Contact me regarding the latest products from our brands (the less updating I do here at 3DCart also results in less "Migration" fees), so you can take advantage of stock and discounts on those products!
Stay tuned for an announcement- a "Grand Re-Opening" of Federalist Pens!
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Onward and Upward!
WOW! Three years in already this July, and look what you have helped me accomplish! 20+ Pen Brands, 10+ Ink Brands, and 5+ Paper/Accessories! We have added Pilot, Kaweco, Pineider and Marlen Pen Brands! We have added Diamine and Iroshizuku (Pilot) Ink Brands! Got Inky Fingers? We even have Amodex Ink Stain Removal Products added to the store this year!
Looking for more? No Problem! As I write this, I am planning to switch store platforms this summer!
3DCart was a good platform at first, but my store traffic has greatly increased! Now, I am paying double/triple what I did when the store first opened! I am looking at more “friendly” platforms. Look for a whole new store “Look” this summer!
Speaking of store: I am also looking into Pop-Up/Temporary Store opportunities! Philly Area Pen Pals have been hungry for a B&M Store for a while. The success of my venture will greatly determine whether I take the risk to open a permanent physical store! Stay Tuned!
Greetings from my (little but growing!) Pen Corner in the World!
This is a busy month for Pen Pals! Two Pen Shows are (Going On) this month! This weekend is(was) the Atlanta Pen Show, and next weekend is the Long Island Pen Show (NY's Only Pen Show!).
Join me this coming weekend (4/21 & 4/22) at Hofstra University- Hempstead, NY! I am at my same location in the auditorium with four tables this year! More info on the Long Island Show here:
If there are any products that you would like me to bring to the event- leave a comment below, or email me: frank@
Stay Tuned for more Brand announcements on the site later this month! We are adding EVEN MORE Pen and Ink brands to the site!
Shop Online- Save Money!
There is nothing wrong with going to a Brick & Mortar (B&M) Store. Many dealers have started B&M, and are staying that way. Some have closed their stores in order to go online only. Many modern stores (such as my eCommerce Store) have started online, and intend to remain an online presence. There are a lot of advantages to keeping overhead low by remaining an eCommerce venture (no physical showroom).
Cost savings is a big factor in remaining an online-only retail store. The lack of utility bills, and monthly lease payments is a BIG factor. Online dealers should offer you the best price and value based on their lower monthly expenses. We all buy the same products, from the same US Distributors. We have reached a working business agreement with these distributors. It is the reason we all use the phrase- "Authorized Dealer".
That being said- it is easy to see why these pen dealers, like me, are successful. Monies spent on overhead elsewhere can be spent on buying more products! In regard to mutual brands, and products that I sell- I will beat any authorized dealers' advertised price on their legitimate(Official) website! I have posted this in previous blogs, and will continue to stand behind this statement. People come to my tables at pen shows- skeptical because of low prices; skeptical because of seeing products in both marketing displays and in their pen boxes! YES- we are an authorized dealer. YES- the products are new. YES- you get the Box and Paperwork/Warranty for your product (AT THE SHOW!).
This is my third full year as a pen and products retailer. Before that, I was(AM) a collector/user/lover of FPs for a decade (actually a fan of BP/RB pens my entire life, but only the last 15 years or so as a fan of fountain pens) as Frank, or "FrankieX" on some pen forums! I had also attended the Philly Pen Show in the past as a weekend vendor/trader with vintage items. My knowledge of pens and related products is available to anyone whom asks me of it- FREE of charge! You can email, message, or call me toll-free! I am also known to recommend other dealers when I CANNOT HELP YOU! I am not paid (nor compensated in any manner) for my online blogs, comments, or posts.
I do not have a team to boost my online presence, or my posts. I am the individual who posts comments, compliments, suggestions, etc... I am the store! (On this note- BIG SHOUT OUT to my Brother, Dad, and (Fiancee) Nadine who frequent pen shows with me, help out, and are a big reason for my success!)
Shop Online! Shop Here! Save Money! Frank
(International Correspondence Writing Month)
It's February! Time to get out that pen, and write to a Pen Pal! That's what InCoWriMo is all about! You can find participants on pen forums, as well as social media! Write about your latest pen and ink finds, catch up on correspondence, or just doodle! It's all Good! ;-)
Write to: Federalist Pens, 100 Springdale Road Ste A3 #295, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 USA
I will gladly write back!
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Baltimore/Washington Pen Show
March 2-4, 2018!
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2018 Philadelphia Pen Show
Fountain Pen Day/Ohio Pen Show/Black Friday Weekend!
What a great month it has been so far! Fountain Pen Day was celebrated- at a Pen Show! THE- Ohio Pen Show (wink) was held 11/2-11/5, with FPD on 11/3/17! Cary has worked very hard to make this day a huge success- now truly celebrated worldwide!
The Columbus Show will be held the first weekend of November for the foreseeable future!
This is always one of the best shows of the year!
Black Friday is next weekend- along with Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday! Look for extra discounts, Free US shipping, and a Free Platinum Preppy Pen with $50 purchase all weekend! Celebrate Small Bizz Saturday- We encourage pen pals from the Mid-Atlantic to shop at Fed Pens. If you live in Philly/South Jersey, ask about local delivery!
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We took on sponsorship opportunities this year as well! I have become a regular sponsor for the "Well Appointed Desk". Ana actually purchased the first Robert Oster bottle from me at last year's DC Show (she actually waited for me to unpack the Oster Products...), and she did the review of Robert Oster "Aqua" not too long afterward. Thanks to great reviews such as that, Oster Inks have really taken off! I also donated both an Aurora Pen (Inkdependence), and a Bexley Pen (The Pen Addict) for reviews. These pens were given away as my way of "Paying it Forward"! Look for more review/giveaways and sponsorship opportunities in the future!
An Incredible Month!
|What an incredible month it has been! We had a great show down in Raleigh, we gave away ink at our local pen club meeting, and donated TWO PENS this month for giveaways at pen review sites! Next Month, we are celebrating our second anniversary at Federalist Pens!|
About 3 weeks ago, we attended our local pen club meeting (Philadelphia Pen Collectors Group) hosted by "The Pelikan's Perch". Josh is known in the pen community for his knowledge, and extraordinary collection of modern Pelikan Pens! We helped in this event by providing attendees a sample of the new Edelstein "Smoky Quartz" Ink!
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Get Thee to a Pen Show!
You have never been to a pen show?? You are missing out on an important aspect of our hobby! Pen shows are a chance to sample products, learn about the latest pens/brands, and the opportunity to mingle with "Pen Pals"!
We are in the prime time season of pen shows- especially on the East Coast! The Long Island (NY) Show has just passed, and Atlanta is later this month! I am fortunate that the region I reside in afforded me the opportunity to visit as many as four pen shows (Philly/Baltimore/LI/DC) per year. This opportunity to sample products, network, and sell vintage for several years inspired me to open Federalist Pens. I now go to most East Coast Pen Shows (as my teaching schedule allows me too), and sell new products as an authorized retailer! You can sample the products we offer at our tables!
Who is Federalist Frank??
Recognize this picture? It was my avatar on most pen forums for years.. (This pic was from a pen club meet/show at some point). It was seen on FPN, FPG, FPC, and The Fountain Pen Community. This was the forum that I ran for several years before I decided to close it to new posts (cost saving measure). "The Community" also lives on as well in the Facebook and Linked-IN Group pages that I manage!
I was Frank (or FrankieX) on pen forums for a good decade or so.. I sold vintage pens on the forums, and on eBay. Around 2014, I decided that I wanted to get into the retail end of pens, and sell new along with vintage items. I did very little activity on the forums between mid 2014-15 to get ready for my store "Launch" (Never let anyone tell you that starting/running an on-line store is easy...).
This is my second full year as a pen retailer, and the hard work is paying off! Many pen forum vets knew me, and my good deals from my vintage days (Frank's BOGO Sale/etc....). The transition to selling new has been challenging at times, but the word is out, and we are growing!
Yes- I may be new in the dealer circle, but not to pen collecting and pen selling!
Yes- It is also true that I still teach/tutor students daily (2 PT position(s)...)
The fact that I do not rely on revenue from Fed Pens is actually an advantage to you- I like passing my savings on to my customers! But do not mistake my busy schedule with a lack of concern for you- customer service is always a priority!
Speaking to you as a fellow collector/user- you can expect great service, great products, and a no-nonsense, no questions 30-day guarantee on these products! I also offer some of the lowest prices among authorized US dealers. Shop with confidence at Federalist Pens! (Find it cheaper?? Let me know!- I may just beat it!)
Greetings from Federalist Frank! What a great first quarter in pen collecting! A lot of
new products from your favorite brands! Conklin Pens has introduced 4 new models this quarter! Taccia Pens has the new Pinnacle and Spectrum Models! More details in the "New Pens" Section..
More news- we are going to be hosting a special event this month on February 25th. We will be hosting a Lamy/Filofax Event (Show) at our local Dave and Busters' in Philadelphia! Our regional Lamy Rep will be joining us to demonstrate products, and support us with sales/orders. Join us for fun, games, and pens if in the region! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP/reserve seating!
Baltimore Pen Show is coming next month March 3-5! See below for details!
The Lamy/Filofax Event!
Hosted by Federalist Pens and Paper
Saturday, February 25th
Dave and Busters
(Franklin Mills Mall)
Season’s Greetings from Federalist Pens!
Holiday Sale 2016
Store Wide sale going on now, thru December 31st !
Save an additional 20% Off with Coupon Code “Holidays” at Checkout!