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Valentine’s Day – R U Ready?

Posted by gratrueities on February 13, 2010

Are you one of the ones running around looking frantically for the perfect Valentine’s card and gift? That was me about two hours ago.  First I stopped in my local Papyrus store thinking they would have a great choice of really beautiful (i.e., expensive) cards to select from. And, specifically, I wanted a  music card. You know the ones that play a catchy tune upon opening.

Well, big surprise. Nearly all the cards were gone. The pickings were extremely slim. And, no music cards whatsoever. Note to self: Papyrus does not carry music cards. I finally found a card that was not anywhere near perfect but would, at least, do.

I wasn’t the only one waiting until the very last-minute and the register line was about 10 deep. There were two people “working”; one on the phone and one actually helping customers. Turn’s out one of the registers was not working, on probably one of the busiest days of the year for a card shop.

I ended up leaving without buying the card and heading off to Safeway.  There I finally found a way tackier card, at a way less price and the cash registers actually worked 🙂

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New York Times 2009 Holiday Gift Guide!

Posted by gratrueities on December 11, 2009

OK…it appears that GraTRUEities, didn’t make the list this year. Perhaps we missed the deadline, since the guide was published in November – just as we launched. In fact, we will assume that to be the reason! There’s always 2010! And…we’re still pleased with the mention by the New York Post.

In the meantime, this year’s NYT list seems to have stirred some controversy…delayed as it is! Even though it took almost a month, the “Of Color/Stylish Gifts” list has now come to attention of critics. Gawker claims that the NYT’s Racially Segregated Gift Guide Offends, Not Least of All Because the Gifts Are Lame. Hmmm…

We are not ones to disdain the creations of others, or gift choices. Just take a look at these lists, and form your own opinion.

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