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The Business Card Collectors

The twins and I have been in a mad dash with each other to collect business cards from our favourite places.  It began when the Wolvog wistfully took a business card from our pet store during our last visit.  He only confided this after we got home, and I was left to (1) kick myself for not thinking of doing it myself and (2) offer him an exorbitant amount of money for said card.  Josh saved the day by driving back to the store to pick up a few more treats for Truman and business cards for Chickie and me.

Game on.

We gloated about these three business cards for a few days until we got to our favourite hotel and I snatched the last one on the counter.  A-ha!  I was one ahead.  And two if you count the fact that I paid the bill at our favourite Vietnamese restaurant and grabbed two before I signed the check.  (One for me, one for my Chickie, none for the Wolvog who brings his own dinner to the restaurant.)

We all took one from our favourite ice cream place, and I got the only one from our third favourite bookstore.  (The owner handed it to me over the counter while we were chatting, telling me to call her in a few weeks, and I heard the ChickieNob quietly breathe next to me, “Can I have one, too?”  No, you cannot when she doesn’t hear you.)

I am currently in the lead, followed closely by ChickieNob who just obtained one from the vet’s office (but so did I, dear, so did I), and trailed by Wolvog who is too sweet to play in a cutthroat manner.  He always grabs three copies if he grabs one at all.

We only take them from places that mean a lot to us, and it has made life much easier having them lined up on display because… ta da, we now know the phone number of each establishment.  I’m not sure why these little pieces of cardstock make us so happy, but they do.  And we have a shortlist of places we need to visit soon so we can collect more cards.

Do you collect things from special places?

9 comments

1 a { 08.21.16 at 9:16 am }

I try not to collect anything, and y’all are hilarious.

2 Charlotte { 08.21.16 at 9:45 am }

I used to take business cards so I would always have the number handy. But then the stack grew too big to be kept in my wallet, so thy landed in a container on my desk. And then when I would need a number it was so much faster to grab my phone and Google said establishment and pull up the number that way. And then the search is saved so it’s quicker to find next time. I do still grab a card and toss in my purse as a reminder, like if I need to call for an appointment or something.
Sounds like a fun game though. We have been stuck on Punch Buggy this summer. Your game sounds a lot less painful!!

3 Lori Lavender Luz { 08.21.16 at 12:08 pm }

Cool game.

The cutthroat gene must be recessive.

4 torthuil { 08.21.16 at 12:21 pm }

I almost never use business cards (I look stuff up online) but your game sounds like lots of fun! The only thing I still collect is fridge magnets.

5 loribeth { 08.21.16 at 2:28 pm }

I am trying to get out of the collecting habit 😉 although business cards certainly take up less room than, say, souvenir spoons or snowglobes. 😉 I do save & file business cards for my drs, favourite stores & restaurants, etc. but I have thrown out most of them when the businesses close or people change jobs, etc.

I do have a business card that a cousin gave me when we met at a family reunion in 2002. He & I were the same age, and we had corresponded for a few years about the family history, and I still have some letters he wrote me from the first Gulf War, with vivid descriptions of the scud missile attacks on the base where he was a civilian employee. Sadly, he died a few months later, a week after his grandmother’s funeral… he was just 41. I still have his card. And the letters, although I have been thinking I will send them to his sister. Her kids might like to have them someday.

6 Cristy { 08.21.16 at 3:56 pm }

Oh this sounds terribly addicting. Fun, but addicting.

7 Mali { 08.22.16 at 1:02 am }

If I want to remember the name of a business, I’ll collect the business cards. If I’m confident I’ll be able to find them online – remembering the name of the business – then I don’t bother. I have many of my own old business cards, over the last 30 years, but never know what to do with them. Maybe you guys would want some?!

Sounds like a fun game though.

8 JustHeather { 08.22.16 at 3:38 am }

As a teen I collected business cards, indiscriminately. I had hundreds and nothing really to do with them. They ended up being tossed. I do have a few business cards I keep, but they are sentimental and not many. I also collected match books. Those got used in my dad’s fireplace when I was done. 😀

9 Cyn K { 08.22.16 at 11:30 am }

This sounds fun!

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