In the last few weeks, we haven’t been sure what would be going on in regard to the Royal Mail strike. Worried that we might never again walk past a red rubber band-adorned pavement, we started collecting the little gems as exquisite reminders of how noticing that cute little rubbery guy could brighten up one’s day. As the collection of these elastic treasures started mounting, we started investigating a way to best economise, Ikea-style, the storage surface area that the slow wave of malleable redness was taking up. You know, that ‘Just because I have nowhere else to put it that doesn’t mean it can’t look vaguely cool’ solution. That, folks, is how we gave birth to Pepe. As you can instantly see, Pepe is a ball made up of rubber bands.

Pepe has grown into a bit of an obsession in the creative department. We have spent hours scouring pavements and drains, and have just stopped short of mugging posties (although Simon the Aussie was not too shy to help himself to a nice little stash he found on top of an unguarded trolley). With Pepe growing in leaps and bounds week by week, we have been strutting while maintaining that Atari-playing, emo-retro cool suaveness that us swanky creative types are best known for.

Here are some pictures of Pepe’s very gradual progress so far:

He began as a baby...

... and became...

... a slightly bigger baby.

It was with much horror that we have recently discovered that we have been played for fools. You see, our wonderful (grumble grumble) Customer Services team have actually been constructing there own ball of rubber band glory for the last two years. And, whilst it pains me to admit it, the CS Ball whom we shall not dignify with a name, is somewhat monstrously larger than Pepe. That was fine – we were prepared to endure the sniggering, the taunting and the name-calling. It did, however, reach a breaking point when Jade loudly pronounced for the entire office to hear, “Wow, if you look at them next to each other, it seems only fitting that Pepe orbits our [name removed out of spite] ball.” And that was the final straw.

Luckily, the Royal Mail strike is over. And with Customer Services hungrily hoarding any bands that come into our office, we are left scavenging the streets for tidbits that the Postie might have dropped on the floor. Luckily for us, we have you, oh valued and loyal reader of the blog, and this is why we implore you to help us. Similarly, as is the spirit of the IWOOT blog, that help will most certainly be rewarded.

So, without further ado, I (finally) introduce you to THE MOST RANDOM COMPETITION WE HAVE EVER RUN EVER EVER. Basically, we would like you to send us in any Red Royal Mail Rubber Bands that you might find. And, keeping the fun factor, we will be giving a sur-PRIZE to the person that sends us the 1st, 25th, 50th and 75th envelope containing a rubber band.

Send all red rubber band packages to:

Pepe, Creative Department
Unit C11 Parkhall Trading Estate
40 Martell Road
SE21 8EN

Make sure you include your address and phone number so we can send you your prize, should you win!


Competition Terms & Conditions:

• The competition closes as soon as the 75th package arrives.
• Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 25th, 50th and 75th rubber band pakages we receive – only one package to be sent per person in the interests of keeping it fair.
• This competition is completely free to enter, no purchase is necessary.
• No cash alternative is available for the prize(s) offered.
• This competition is open to residents of the UK only.
• Employees of I Want One of Those and their immediate families and anyone professionally connected with the promotion are not eligible to enter this competition.
• The winner will be notified of their win via the e-mail address provided in their package, and under the name submitted on their entry. If a response to this notification is not received within 14 days, IWOOT reserves the right to randomly select another winner. In light of this, please ensure you submit an email address that you use regularly!
• No responsibility will be accepted for entries that are not received.
• From time to time we may include customer comments and feedback on the site, and in our catalogue and other media. By submitting your comment you are granting us permission to publish it and, if necessary, edit it for clarity and typos.

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