Tips from a card shark

Maybe you have friends and relatives who are greeting-card snobs. They send those handsome but expensive items that arrive in lined envelopes and require more than one stamp. What you find at H-E-B this late in the season doesn’t quite have that je-ne-sais-quoi.

So if you do buy all your cards at H-E-B, you can wait and send some of those red-and-gold lunar new year’s cards with the coins, peaches, and goldfish. Or you can stock up this year for next year and do it on the cheap. Or do both.

BookPeople on Christmas Day (it’ll be open beginning at noon) is a good first stop for those Caspari and Crane’s cards. The day after, Northwest Hills Pharmacy up on Far West may have some of the same two pricey brands left, although the stationery person there usually does a very good job of estimating seasonal inventory and the pickings are sometimes slim. Breed & Co. hardware on 29th is another good hunting ground. And at Half Price Books the finds are usually Mudlark Papers and Recycled Paper Greetings, for those tree-huggers on your list.

At all these places are to be found wonderful self-gifts to be bought with the money saved when buying those Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings cards.

Addition: Sometimes World Market (formerly known as Cost Plus) has the high-dollar greetings on sale before December 25, and certainly usually afterwards if there was an overstock.

1 Comment so far

  1. Bob Dobbs (unregistered) on December 18th, 2005 @ 11:01 am

    Thanks for the tips. I and my fellow procrastinators salute you.

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