For two years during college I worked at a fancy greeting card store and ever since then I have been mad about cards! To me, there is no greater feeling in the world than finding a card that equally represents the recipient, your own personality, and your relationship to the recipient. To find a card for a friend’s birthday that secretly reflects an inside joke the two of you share is like finding a piece of gold in a pile of rocks. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting a handmade card as much as the next girl, but finding the perfect card in a shop seems even more impressive sometimes..
In college I was getting cards for everyone and for EVERY occasion. The basic birthday, mother’s day, Valentine’s Day, then even weird ones like St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween. I’ve mellowed out a bit since I no longer get an employee discount on cards, but I still haven’t lost the thrill in a good card search!
Some of the highlights from my old job were the lesbian wedding card (so progressive!), cat wearing a sweater (I LOVE cats), bunny in a leather jacket (and look at the envelope lining!), and the St. Patrick’s Day man butt (because it’s just so random…).
I keep all the cards I get in a special box because I can’t bear to throw them away! Most of the box is filled with pre-made greeting cards, but a lot of it is handmade cards that my creative boyfriend has made me over the years. The first card he ever gave me, however, is the star of the collection with a vintage sewing machine on it that says “You’re sew rad.” It’s clever and funny and perfect because I love to sew!