Email is great but there is indeed a time and a place for a fantastic and crisp note card.
I find that cards and stationary are typically relegated to formal communications, birthdays, major holidays and showers. And that saddens me. Toronto is home to some stunning stationary stores that carry a diverse selection of designs, or can create customized stationary (which is fabulous and posh, isn’t it?). It’s also incredibly convenient: if you have a supply of cards and envelopes that you adore, you’ll never be in a last minute pinch when the card stores have closed (and be stuck perusing the dollar store – yikes!)
Did a friend treat you to lunch? Have you lost touch with an old chum? Did a colleague go above and beyond to bestow some helpful wisdom? Send them a proper card with a few handwritten lines.
There’s something lovely and evocative about opening an envelope to find a beautiful card inside – a feeling that opening an inbox or e-card can’t deliver.
These are my favourite stationary suppliers – additions most welcome.
The Papery, 124 Cumberland St, 416-962-3916
Paper Things, 99 Yorkville Ave, www.paperthings.ca
The Paper Place, 887 Queen St. W, www.thepaperplace.ca
(First published on She Does The City, March 2008)