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Old 12-28-2008, 09:57 PM   #1  
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Default SU! Colour Caddy...any opinions?

I'm looking at buying one soon, but they're not cheap! It's just that I've run out of storage room in my old 'system' (a wooden CD holder box thingie). Is the caddy good quality? How much room does it take up? Any problems or things I should be aware of?

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Old 12-28-2008, 10:31 PM   #2  
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I LOVE MINE!! I just got it and I can't believe how convenient it is to have. It takes up about a 12X12inch space because it rotates. Mine is as sturdy as can be and I store my stickles upside down in the top part of the caddy along with some reinkers.
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And I looked online for the wooden type of storage units and other alternatives and they are WAY more than the SU Color Caddy so I highly recommend it.
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I have one and think they are cheaply made for what they cost. I would prefer a wooden one.
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I agree. I've had my caddy for over a year now and I really want a wall unit. The caddy hasn't been that sturdy (especially with the extended kit) and once it's filled up, it becomes heavy and awkward to move around. And if I don't remember to turn the top handle clockwise, it will unscrew itself from the center. My DH hasn't had the time to make me one, so I will have to search for some custom made ones online.
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I love my Color Caddy. How much do you "move something like that around"? If you do, pick it up from the base, NOT the handle and you won't have a problem. If you have a wall unit will you be "moving it around"? I have the extender and I have had my unit since SU! came out with it, and I have never "unscrewed the handle". Sounds like that one isn't put together quite right... btw, I can turn mine clockwise or counter-clockwise.
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i have it and love it. I have the extender kit on top, too - so I keep my classic ink pads in mine and then the top three 'extra' rows hold a couple of the other colors - basic black, basic gray, etc as well as the current in colors. reinkers and a couple other odds and ends on the top rack. I put mine on a cheap rubbermaid turn table so it turns easier, then I don't have to use the top handle to turn it. It sits on the corner of my table and takes little space, turns to find the pad I need and is easy to reach. It's heavy when filled and not something I like to move too much, but can if i need to.
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I have one with the extender..and will be buying a second one during SAB. I don't have the luxury of lots of wall space to hang a wall unit on. so this serves me just fine.
I will say having the extender makes it slightly more awkward, but nothing serious. and it really has a small footprint.

and since we expect to be moving overseas next year, I cannot have things that require screwing into walls anyway..
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I have been thinking about getting one too...but keep hearing such mixed reviews that I am not sure...
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I have had mine for a couple years and I agree with the good reviews. It doesnt take up a lot of space and I have the extender on mine as well. I would like to get another one here in the next couple months. If you do need to move it pick it up from the bottom. I dont use the handle at top to turn it I just use each side where the pads are placed to turn it around. I like the idea of using a rubbermaid lazy susan (turn table) to place it on to make it easier to turn. I personally think the wall units take up way too much room and are way too bulky. My craft room is our bonus room over our garage and is good size and even with that there is no way I could have a wall unit. I am completely 100% happy with my caddy from SU and like I said I will be buying another one to put all my IN COLOR stamp pads in. Hope this helps!
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I have a wall unit my DH made me but it's just a basic (think those old cassette tape organizers) unit. There is no place for my reinkers or markers in it. I have no more wall pscae however and my wall unit only has a couple of empty spots left (holds 60 pads) so I'm going to be getting the SU caddy because I have lots of counter space.
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I have two and love them, the extender make it kind of top heavy. Well worth the money when like others I do not have the wall space. two thumbs up!
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My upline has one and I think it's cheap. It's difficult to turn and I decided I didn't want one. DH made me an awesome wall shelf for my stamps and ink pads, so I didn't have to think about actually buying one. My upline is always "moving hers around" because she has a large stamp room. She moves it from table to table and although I love most SU product, this is not one of their better ones. That said, if you have all 48 classic and craft, it's nice that there is a place for each of them!
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I have two and love them. I started with one and the extender kit. Maybe I just didn't put it together well because that extender kit made it a little wobbly. So I decided to put all the core colors on one and then In Colors, Craft and Neutral colors in the other. I actually bought a spinner thingy, like a lazy susan, at Bed Bath and Beyond for like $3 each. It makes it turn better, in my opinion. If you use Stampin Up pads, it is worth the money.
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Will Close to my Heart stamp pads fit the caddy?
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I am going to have to go get a lazy susan for mine. I LOVE my caddy. I think its perfect!
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My DH also made me a wonderful wall unit to hold all 48 pads plus 12 extra. The SU one also looked cheap to me and my DH for the price he said I can build it for alot less which he did.
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Default Thanks everyone!

There sure is a division among people as to whether it's a cheap product or a good buy...I think I'm leaning toward getting one, since I'm in an apartment, I don't think I should be putting something as large and heavy as a wooden ink pad holder on the wall (I've hung enough pictures already as it is!)...

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Mine sits on th edge of my work space which only takes up 4" deep by 21" long of space on my table which works great for me
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I have one and really like it. My sb area is small and storage is at a premium. I don't move mine around but it does turn easily. I did buy the extender kit when it first came out, waited too long to try it and realized they were missing a part or something cuz it didn't work but it was too late for me to ask my rep - I waited something dumb like a year LOL. I do have a problem now that there are >48 colors and I have some other type pads and have to figure out how to store those. But I do like my SU! color caddy. Andrea
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I have three SU caddies and really like them as a storage option. I've never used the extensions since I don't want them to be any taller, but am very happy with mine.
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Has anyone tried the porta-ink traveler from BEST Organizing Solutions? It seems like it would be a tad cheaper (about $50 with shipping). Do these work with SU inks?
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I have three of them with extenders. They were a little "cranky" about turning, and my husband sprayed the base with something, and they are great. I have a "system." I use one for SU original pads, one for the "in" colors, and one for craft colors and Staz-On. I love having the refills matched with the pads! I am thinking of buying another one to use for odd pads that I've purchased for individual projects.

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Well I like mine and it has the extender! It does not *spin* quickly like a lazy susan might but it *turns* easily. It does not turn accidentally. What I like is that it is right at my fingertips on my desktop. I do not have to move to get my ink or put it away. I use the stamp pad and then put it right back without ever getting up.
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I bought one and didn't like it. Couldn't get it to turn (even after spraying) and was flimsy IMO. I traded it to a friend and she likes it! Good for us!

I really like the Stack and Store Caddies and have two of them.

Guess it just depends on what suits our purpose and style.
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