Saturday I drove to Santa Barbara and like I always do, stopped by Pierre Lafond Market on the way. I feel like I’ve written about this before. I didn’t find it in previous posts so here it is. I attended Westmont College in Montecito, CA and lived near this market for one year before moving back to campus. Every time I drive to Santa Barbara I exit San Ysidro Road and make the quick, albeit sometimes expensive stop to one of my favorite stationery stores in town. Pierre Lafond is a winery, market, bistro and known brand in this area. I’m not really a foodie, but their food is delicious and desserts to die for. Brownies. Yum. What gets my attention though is their “wall of cards”. I need to write them and thank their buyer. He or she is phenomenal! I snapped a quick photo before spending at least ten minutes purchasing way too many cards for my quick stop before proceeding north. I seriously LOL along this wall. I think I startled an older couple who were sitting there enjoying their salad. There are always new brands of cards when I shop here. Sometimes I go three or four months without visiting and other times only a couple weeks. The best is knowing I can always count on a good smile or chuckle when perusing their cards.
The average card I purchased was $3.95 and a few for $2.75. Take that Hallmark. I did however splurge on a couple. As soon as I see cards that would fit someone I know I don’t even look at the price, but imagine the recipient laughing, smiling, enjoying the card I chose for them. The photo below is of a local card that had a price of $10. I normally wouldn’t pay that amount, but this is also an ornament. Very cool.
My dear friend Felicia who I went to Westmont with lives in Florida now, but she fell in love in Santa Barbara, had a ton of fun in college there and her daughter now attends Westmont. I thought she’d enjoy this keepsake. I’m all about supporting local so I was thrilled to turn the card over and read that it was designed locally by Alessaro Designs. The ornament was made in Mexico–so I’m cool with a collaboration and hoping this person receives some compensation for their artwork.
This card below was one I busted out laughing over because I actually thought this last weekend. I’m recovering well from my surgery, just need to get moving and drop a few…I don’t know who I’ll send this to, most likely just a “hi”, “thinking of you” type correspondence. There were about a dozen of these cards from Hit and Run Greetings along the wall. I limited myself to only two. Too bad you can’t see all their cards on the website, but I know I’ll be purchasing more soon. I escaped the market under a $100, but not by much. The brownies are only $2.25 🙂 So much for simplifying and scaling back with cards this year. We will see how I do this month. There are worse vices, right?
Happy February! We know what fun holiday is in a couple weeks so I’m sure I’ll post more about that soon. ~J