I am a stationery nerd. I love paper. It’s an addiction and I can’t stop. Not only do I buy note cards or thank you cards at least once a month, I also buy them as gifts for friends so I can keep spreading the handwritten love. I try to write someone every week…either a congrats on a new job, a thank you for something they did for me or just a hello. I do this because I truly believe in the power of a handwritten message and also to use all the stationery I buy!
There’s a thrill to receiving a beautiful card in the mail. Don’t you think so? I also have my favorite pens to write my notes with and an embosser that embosses my address on the envelope. It’s an affliction, I know. I don’t care…it’s a beautiful art lost on many people.
When I am involved in a hiring process, I’m always amazed at the folks who do not take the time to write a handwritten note after the interview. Today, it is mostly emailed thank yous. While I admit this still gets the message across…I would never leave an interview without sending a handwritten note. I believe it still makes an impact. It takes a little more effort to write the card, address it and find a stamp. Maybe I am just old fashioned.
I am always on the lookout for good stationery. Crane is probably one of the finest stationery companies on the market and a favorite of mine but I can always find something great at Target as well. My favorite local store is Shindig Paperie. I could spend hours (and dollars) in there most days. If you are ever on the Fayetteville square, be sure and stop in. Anywhere I travel, I always have my eyes peeled for a great paper store.
Since I love paper, it doesn’t stop with note cards, I love to-do lists, calendars, notepads and even business cards. The Container Store is a great place to find funky to-do lists or mouse pads and I could spend hours designing business cards for friends at moo.com!
If loving paper is wrong, I don’t want to be write! (see what I did there?)
Do you share my affliction with paper? Do share.