[caption id="attachment_126" align="alignnone" width="900"] ** The front window at Rock Paper Scissors- Ann Arbor. Designed by Molly Jacques Erikson. Painted by John Copley. ** Spinners of greeting cards in the Ann Arbor store.**RPS Teammate Jess' cork board-- filled with RPS cards galore. ** The Ann Arbor store card wall. ** One of our favorite Hammerpress badget cards. **[/caption]
If you’ve visited the stores in Tecumseh and Ann Arbor or have met our fun loving founders, you may know a thing or two about RPS. Perhaps you noticed our slight obsession with letterpress, envelope liners and if we’re honest, pretty much all things paper. Or, that we love cards with a good sense of humor and a lot of laughs, with a dash of snarkiness and expletives thrown in every now and then.
At RPS, we also believe in the power of the handwritten note. Whether it’s an awesomely oversized congrats, a candid note of encouragement or a simple message of support, it means so much more when written by hand and sent in the mail.
I’ve personally always been a sucker for handwritten notes of affection. What better way to say you care than by taking the time to put a pen to paper? And here’s a hint – if words aren’t really your thing, there’s a whole host of cards out there that can say it for you. Who wouldn’t swoon over a card with “I stinkin’ love your face,” “I like you just the way you are” or a simple “P.S. I love you.” I mean, REALLY.
In today’s world of email, chats, tweets, texts and snaps, it’s never been easier to shoot friends a message…or selfie…or photo of your food (let’s be honest, I’m guilty of all three). But if you want to truly connect with someone and brighten their day, send your sentiments via good old fashioned mail. TRUST ME. I recently moved across the country, leaving friends, family and the happiest place on earth (Rock Paper Scissors, of course) behind. I still keep in touch digitally and over the phone (and I like to consider myself the California Correspondent of RPS) but there is something about the excitement of opening a handwritten note that just cannot be matched.
It’s the same way with the lovely letters that make their way to the RPS locations in Ann Arbor and Tecumseh. Whether it’s a thank you note from a vendor, a message from a customer, or a funny card from friends, it’s undeniable that there’s something special about a handwritten card.
So, here's your challenge if you choose to accept it.
This month we’re challenging you to Save the Handwritten note and to send more mail! We challenge you to send 3 cards, notes or pieces of non-bill mail a week. Take fun pictures of the envelopes, the mail, your mailbox, you writing the note, ANYTHING to let us know you’re sending more mail and hashtag #rpschallenge on instagram. Each week, we’ll draw a winner at random from participants!
Are you in? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll send you an extra special treat!