July 2, 2003
One of the best places to buy papirklip is at Papirmuseets By (or The Paper Museum City) in Gråsten. I had this place on my list of must-sees for my return trip to Denmark -- and I was certainly not disappointed. I can't possibly tell you how much money I spent in this place!
The huge (over 1000 square metres) showroom is divided into little houses (hence the name Paper Museum City), each displaying items of a particular theme, for example, Christmas, baby, and graduation.
I've noticed that the focus of the business has shifted in the past 10 years from completed papirklip to items which you assemble yourself. You can still find completed papirklip wreaths, cards, and mobiles to take home with you but by far the majority of the business is now do-it-yourself products. There are so many possibilities -- cards, table decorations, invitations, and even doll house furniture! You can even make your own lamps! If you are into scrapbooking, this is an absolute dream destination for you! One of the things that Karen Marie Papirklip does best is a combination of leaves and flowers. I can see these do-it-yourself pieces making exquisite scrapbook decorations!
I love Christmas and all the decorations which go with it. Karen Marie Papirklip makes wonderful Christmas items. Traditional ‘nisser' (loosely translated as elves) are everywhere.
One of the best things about papirklip is that it packs well for travelling because it is flat. No excuse not to buy some for everyone back home!
Located in the shop is a small museum about paper. For 15 Danish kroner, you can take a look inside the history of one of the most important inventions of humankind. Where would we be without paper? I didn't have time to check out the museum, unfortunately, but for only CA$3, maybe I should have.
Papirmuseets By is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5:30pm, Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, Sundays from 11am to 4pm and on holidays from 11am to 4pm (closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day). It is also open until 9pm on the first Thursday of every month.
Like many places in Denmark, Papirmuseets By does not accept credit cards. Therefore, be sure to find a bank machine before visiting (I guarantee you'll need the cash!). If you can't visit the store, be sure to check out their website to place orders.
From journal Danish History and Patriotism at its Best