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About Us

        We’re going back to basics, to the essence of the Museum of Useful Things. We're returning to where it began (over 17 years ago) - the web. New developments allow us to have the site we envisioned years ago - a forum|store|repository of useful things. We are presenting an edited collection of our favorite MUT products, some old, some brand new, and some of our own design. 
        Our particular parameters and aesthetics do not define useful to everyone. We are referring to products and tools that have a clear function, get something done, and do it in a pleasing way to the user. The Museum of Useful Things byline has always been “the beauty of function” which to us represents the satisfaction of a well-designed and economical product (not just in price, but in usage) made of appropriate materials, that does the job well, intuitively if possible. Not all useful things are tools, we are including products for storage, reference, and other specific and necessary uses.
         Our product collection has evolved over the years, some products are no longer made, some didn’t make the cut, some are new discoveries and some are the same ones we started with years ago. Please peruse our collection and find that product that will enhance your home and office life. If there are things you are looking for, but don't see in our current collection, please give us a call at 866.497.1221.

        Please note we are not able to ship orders every day. In the event you need your order shipped using a priority shipping method, please call us at 866.497.1221 and we will get your order sent out asap.
    We hope that you are happy with your purchases.  In the event that you are not, we accept the return of unused products in original condition and packaging within 30 days of receipt. Returns should be packed securely, and sent to Black Ink, 5 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Prior to shipping returns, email us at info@blackinkboston.com with the order number and reason for return. Include original packing slip or copy of confirmation email in the box. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot refund shipping costs, only the price of the item(s) returned. Items received damaged or broken should be reported immediately upon receipt.