Here are a couple of the tools of my trade that always come in handy
- All sorts of pens, chalk, paint pens, and pencils for marking and writing on any surface.
- Tape, tape and more tape. All kinds of tape, especially blue 3M-brand tape (it’s effortlessly removable), brown paper tape and masking tape in all widths. I use all of these regularly and for all sorts of purposes: hanging maps on walls, holding pictures in frames or securing paper bunting over a doorway. Velcro and 3M-brand hanging products attach to many things.
- Adhesive putty, commonly known by the name Blu-Tack, can be a cheap alternative to framing. Use it for sticking up all your ephemera.
- Look out for old or vintage hardware, such as hooks, curtain rings, clips and clasps, nails, and tacks, and you’ll find lovely and distinct shapes that are unavailable today.
- Sewing notions, such as thread and cotton, ribbon, scissors, safety and dressmakers’ pins for hanging, displaying and mending.
- Buy picture-rail hooks, string, wire, sharp skinny brass hanging tacks (they are unobtrusive and easily removed), and all kinds of nails.
- A small, handbag-sized notebook for measurements, reminders and lists. I like Moleskine and Muji brands.
- Tape measures: a lightweight 150cm (60”) one that’s always in your bag, plus a sturdy, retractable 5m (5 yards) one.
- Digital or phone cameras are a must.