I’ve missed you all! It’s been a wild couple of weeks for Cook Family 3.0. Some great things, like birthday parties. Some not as great things, like icky potty training messes. I’ll share more at a different time, but I do want to get these resources out to you.
I originally tried to record this, but I got FIFTEEN MINUTES INTO IT and my program froze. Also, HOW? Like how does a person talk that long about paper?? Apparently I can and I fifteen minutes care about it. Instead of just talking about it, I’ll be sharing some photos and links!
Let’s go over a small detail that I think can take your happy mail to the next level. Also, it gets your happy mail to it’s destination… yes I’m talking about stamps. People joke about collecting stamps as such a boring or stupid hobby, but since getting into sending happy mail I can understand why people would collect them. (This last statement might say a lot about the kind of person I am…). You can purchase stamps at your grocery store or office supply store, but they just sell generic American flag forever stamps. BORING. Do yourself a favor and head on over to the post office (Yeah, who does that?! Cool kids with cool stamps.). You could also order stamps from the USPS on their website!
(Here are my two sets of stamps I have left, so I’m do for a post office trip soon!)
Lets get into the card portion of this resource post.
I love checking out the Target Dollar Spot for their cards! Often times they have little themed areas and stationary that matches. The cards come in sets of 8 often times and cost just $1 (which comes out to about $0.13/card)! These cards are blank inside and can become a card for just about any occasion you might find yourself needing a one. Here are just two examples I pulled from my basket:
Another place in Target that I’ve gotten some great stationery is near the actual cards. Please don’t think I’m against purchasing regular cards for birthdays or holidays or just because. I love a good Hallmark $6 card every now and again, but for my regular happy mail habit $6/card isn’t gonna work for the budget… However, next to the regular cards is a section of ‘Thank you’ cards, birthday invites (with matching ‘thank you’ cards!), more expensive packs of blank stationery, and such. Several years ago Adam found a HUGE set of VERY COLORFUL notecards with matching envelopes. I’d like to tell you they were $13, but I cannot remember or find anything like it on their website. If you’re interested, it seems like you’ll have to check your local Target (hooray for you!). These little notecards have come in handy when writing small notes to Adam or when giving a gift card to someone for a holiday. You can match cards to their envelopes to mix-and-match for some fun. Very cost effective if you’re doing a high volume of cards, so you teachers or leaders looking to send encouragement to your team or students this might be the route to take.
(I used one color envelope but all the colors of notecards for reference)
I don’t hit up this place often, but if I do, I check out their stationery section for some hidden happy mail gems. They have some super amazing quality cards at really nice prices. The one set I purchased there makes me SO HAPPY. It’s a 20 count set for only $3.00 (coming out to $0.15/card). This makes my heart and wallet very happy.
Hands down probably my favorite place to hunt out new stationery. This craft supply store as all manner of things to elevate your happy mail, even an entire aisle dedicated to crafting your own cards/envelopes! I’m totally not on that level, and probably won’t ever be, but if thats what you’re into they’ve got you covered. Michaels also has little bin sections in various places around the store that has inexpensive themed bits and bobs: notebooks, ribbon, packs of cards, decor pieces, bags, and who knows what else. The packs of cards are my favorite. These often come 6/pack at $1.50 (a little more pricey at $0.25/card). I like that there aren’t so many in a set because I can usually use them up quickly, thus not feeling guilty getting more. I’ve found all kinds of great card sets, so I only chose three to photograph for you all. Christmas cards from there might be the best for those of us who don’t send a million, they have so many with great messages, and it’s basically the only place I’ll purchase ‘Thank You’ cards.
(Side note: Michaels has other really neat stuff and great coupons. A+ shopping in my book.)
If you’re not familiar with this website how are you internet-ing?? Literally in my top 5 favorite websites to shop. Etsy is full of individual shops where people are selling thrifted goods, paper crafts, pottery, cross-stitch, jewelry… basically all manner of handmade things. Please go check it out and support some great entrepreneurs.
Below I’m going to link to some of my favorite shops for stationery. These places are less “cost effective” but I like to purchase these cards like I would from Hallmark. Anniversary cards, Galentine cards, graduation cards, etc.
I need to stop there because I HAVE SO MANY PLACES I LOVE ON ETSY.
Buuuuuuuut, there are two more places I’d like to share under the Etsy header.
Emily McDowell and Little Low were two places I’d originally purchased from on Etsy, but have since GROWN to their own sites! It’s amazing how supporting people’s business can help them expand and gain more exposure. It makes my heart so full and happy to know these people were supported and they kept on their grind to make their business work. And their products are AWESOME! Unique happy mail is great mail.
I almost forgot to share with you a little thing I like to add to my cards. These little ‘Awesome Citations‘ add another layer of fun to your happy mail. I find they also make people laugh, which is a mega bonus with happy mail. I also use their ‘Pep Talk Nifty Notes‘ in many pieces of happy mail. You can find Knock Knock products on their website (already linked) or check out some of your local bookstores.
Sending happy mail isn’t so much about the vehicle but about the message. You can have a $1.00 card, $7.00 card, or $0.15 card but a million dollar message. Sharing your heart with people you love and care about matters so much more than what it looks like. I loved sharing these resources with you, but don’t get so caught up in the aesthetics and choices that you don’t just go out and send. the. mail. Have fun with this and spread some positivity around, people need that in their mailboxes.