As you would imagine, the store was 1) a mad house and 2) completely picked over.
In fact, the remaining inventory was extremely targeted. Cards like:
- Congrats on coming out!
- Get well after your brain surgery!
- Congrats on the birth of your triplet boys!
Was I discouraged? Of course not. I persevered in my search for 90% off cards that would some day be relevant to me.
I snatched up a sympathy card for losing your pet hamster. My nephew had one. It, surely, would not outlive me. I passed on the 'Congrats on buying your new unicycle' card and the inspirational, 'You can beat Lime Disease' cards.
There were a few "normal" cards but they were well hidden. I found an adorable baby card stuck between two 5,000 piece puzzles boxes and a retirement card in the 'Congrats on your Bris' section.
About 6 months later somebody at work had a baby and I went to my 90% off Hallmark card pile and found that baby card.
Alas, I had to drive to Food Lion and spend $4.00 on a baby card.
Fast forward several years and Kimmy texted a picture of the card to me with this note, "Just found this while looking for a blank card to give to Jenn. Were you planning on giving it to Linda or me?"
And she added the most annoying emoticon.
I responded, "So, Linda didn't tell you?"
Kimmy, who clearly inherited my brains, and not my gullibility texted me, "So you didn't have your reading glasses with you on that shopping trip?"
Oh, well. I'll get even with her. I've got the perfect card: "Sorry to hear that you've been cut out of the will."