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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Small Economies: Greeting Cards



 
I found graduation cards at 8 cards for $0.10. I love those baskets with reduced goods. The cards were originally $4.97 for the pack of 8 cards. Yes, they were reduced, on sale, my kind of price, definitely my kind of price, cheap, almost free. One set of the cards has 2013 on it, but that can be overcome and still be useful. I am thinking a seal/ribbon/??? of some sort could be affixed in the middle where 2013 is now. or, a little grandchild can cut it up for crafts.
 
When I taught GED, I had many graduates. Other teachers did not feel obligated to send a card. Actually, neither did I, but I did because the gesture only cost me a stamp. Somewhere, most likely in a yard sale or thrift store, I found cards in the shape of a black mortarboard. They cost me less than a penny each, and I am still using them. My grandson received one when he graduated this spring.
 
My son and two daughters will each get a package of the eight graduation cards and I will have another for myself. All three are very careful with their money but do  spend on outrageous cards....well, rarely. All these will be appreciated and used.  For instance, my dil sent me a thank-you card that was meant for baby showers. Her baby is six-years-old. The little grandson sent me a thank-you note on a Christmas thank-you note.
 
As I have stated before, I have not bought a card at full price for over ten cents in over twenty years. These are my latest acquisitions. I do have some for Thanksgiving (for little grandchildren) and for Christmas, all acquired the same way.
 
Your turn
Do you ever find greeting cards reduced and snap them up for your use? Will you look for reduced cards in the future? These are not as spectacular as some, but they get the job done. Would you send more cards if they were all this cheap? Or, do you just go ahead and spend what you must on full-price cards?

10 comments:

  1. Actually, I make my own cards....I am a stamper. But, I buy nice stationery at thrift shops for more formal correspondence --thank you notes, and condolencesn. I can buy a complete or almost complete set if Eaton (or similar) quality stationery with envelopes for 50 cents. I also buy the cutsie stuff for my daughter. She loves to write and draw and play office. These are always welcome under the tree at Christmas!

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    1. Meg B,
      Oh, great cards are made by stampers. I think your made cards or reduced and thrifted cards are just fine for all occasions. None of the thrift store or yard sale cards are musty. Really old ones are charming.

      Where/how do you buy the Eaton cards so cheaply?

      I do send stuff just for the little grandkids to play with and cut.

      Once I went to a church indoor yard sale. A bookstore gave them cards in boxes, right off the shelves. So most of my cards were high quality once. However, high quality is not the deciding factor some days.

      My son loved to play office in his father's office and at a little desk.

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  2. I have a very large stach of cards waiting for the perfect time, waiting for the perfect person. Some I have paid full price for (and shuddered), but most I have snaffled at a discount. And I feel no shame. Quite the opposite.

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    1. EC,
      I tell my children how cheaply I get cards and things. I hope to inspire them. I feel no shame, either, just proud of my mad sale-sniffing skills.

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  3. I hope I didn't say anything to offend you, I was just rambling. Mrs. Rat is the reduced for quick sale Queen of Nevada! She buys a lot of her cards at big lots. A dollar beats 5.97 at Walmart. thanks for being such a caring friend to me and the Mrs. I really appreciate you!

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    1. Rat,
      Well, I am the reduced for quick sale Queen of Alabama! Oh, yes, $1 is much better. If I did not have this special talent for finding nice cards, I would be at Big Lots, too. I care about the two of you. Stay well and calm.

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  5. When I was in to card making and scrapbooking my friend and I used to say that a mistake was just a reason to add another embellishment! lol So, yes, you can easily add a sticker to cover the 2013. :-)

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    1. Sue,
      The same thing happens in sewing. My friend who made flower arrangements said she added to or just redid anything that did not sell. I also thought putting a picture of the graduate's face there would be nice.

      Thanks for the input.

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