Sometimes, it pays not to clean out your desk drawers!
I grew up writing letters. I had occasional pen pals through school and I had friends who moved away that I wrote to. As I got older, the time between the letters stretched farther and farther, until they stopped all together. I still wrote letters on occasion and I loved stationery, but letter writing was not a regular part of my life for a long time — more than a decade, I’m sure. There was a time when it was easy to find stationery in just about any store you cared to go into. The variety of stationery back then was wonderful too! I often bought it even if I didn’t plan to write letters because you just never knew when it would come in handy for a quick note!
About a week ago, I was looking through a deep desk drawer for a particular type of greeting card, hoping I had something appropriate on hand and could save myself a drive to the Hallmark store. After all, there are some situations in which only a Hallmark card will do — at least in my book. Well, I didn’t find the card I was looking for in that drawer, but you will never guess what I did find — great, old stationery!
Just look at this stuff! It’s old Mary Engelbreit cowgirl “greetings” stationery! I love it! On the back of the folio, it says there were 16 sheets of paper and 10 envelopes and was priced $10.88. Wow! I probably thought that was very expensive back then. I wish I could find anything remotely like this for the same price now! I have 4 envelopes left and only 5 sheets of paper remaining. It’s also dated 1994 on the inside and outside of the folio. I have a fondness for Mary Engelbreit and I also have a fondness for her drawings of girls with glasses! Right now, I’m just enjoying looking at this paper. Soon, I’m sure I’ll start to use it again. I sure will hate to use the last sheet. It will feel like the end of an era.