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Hidden Gems At Uncle Eli’s: It’s Not Just Art Supplies

Located at 129 E. Beaver Ave., Uncle Eli’s Artist Marketplace & Gift Emporium has been serving Penn State students and local State College artists for decades.

When walking in, it’s easy to initially be distracted by the sizable art supplies section, so here are some hidden gems you may have missed:

Candles

We’re in love with the candle selection, folks. There’s a wide variety of scents that any nose would enjoy sniffing.

Most of the candles have a comedic spin like, “1 U.S. Premium can of Whoop Ass,” “A Candle for What the Actual F**k – Smells Like an Existential Crisis,” and “Gettin’ Lit – Smells Like Lunchtime Cocktails and Other Bad Ideas.”

Jewelry

Uncle Eli’s has quite a collection of unique bracelets and watches, charming necklaces, and boho-style rings. Many pieces are also made by local artisans.

Home Goods

The home section is perfect for the “I don’t need it, but this gives me serotonin, so I’m getting it anyway” crowd. Some products include espresso mugs that look like a cactus when stacked, nesting measuring cups that look like chickens, fun-shaped string lights, and these leaf ice cube trays.

Sunglasses

Fun for a statement piece in an outfit or for a theme party, there were tons of sunglasses options. Among the options, we saw light-up, bedazzled, and cactus-shaped sunglasses. However, I decided to try these on because they make me feel like a weird Batman.

Incense

The sheer number of incense varieties was a bit intimidating for a non-incense user. They have all the accessories for those seeking an earthy-smelling home or those looking to pursue more spiritual ventures. Throughout the store, there are stations with crystals, sage bundles, and pendulums.

Coffee Mugs

The mug shelf also had many options. Notable mugs were zodiac signs, heat-transforming designs, and even one dedicated to Edgar Allen Poe.

Greeting Cards

This is kind of self-explanatory. There was lots of variety and all of them had a quirky and creative theme. Honestly, though, we wouldn’t expect anything different.

Stickers & Buttons

To be honest, I’m a little biased when it comes to the stickers and buttons. Whenever I come here for art supplies, I always grab one to add to either my laptop or backpack.

I’d like to add that this sticker can allude to coffee, as caffeine impacts the natural state of a human.

Other Knick-Knacks

This was 100% the reason why I wanted to look around the store. To start, I was distracted by these little glow-in-the-dark cats that I definitely didn’t need. Most of the toys were super wacky. Among the highlights were a squeaky blobfish toy, mini rubber feet to wear on your fingers, and numerous resin sculptures of balloon dogs.


Next time you’re either looking for a funny gift or you just want to add some variety to your shopping trip, we highly recommend checking out Uncle Eli’s.

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Marie Moyer

Marie is a third-year student majoring in journalism and minoring in graphic design. She loves being fiscally irresponsible at local farmers markets, watching niche documentaries on HBO, and going to Penn State hockey games as "self-care." You can find her on Instagram @_mariemoyer_ or send her suggestions (and cat photos) via her email [email protected]

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