Stuff I Like: Clearbags.com

A while back I did a blog giveaway and asked where you buy your envelopes. I got a lot of different recommendations. And yes, I did read/sort through them all! And after comparing prices – and selection – clearbags.com is who I decided to order from. But first – the disclaimer!

**These are not products that I was asked to endorse in any way. While they might be things that are carried by companies I do design work for – they are just things that I love and want to share the benefits of with all of you. So please rest assured that I am absolutely honestly in love with these products. I do not rave about anything I do not use every day myself, ok?**

Clearbags.com – Envelopes, Crystal Clear Boxes, etc.

Envelopes:

I’ve been using Columbia envelopes that I got in bulk a looong time ago for my classes. Personally I use SU envelopes. I love the ultrasmooth quality. However, they don’t have the widest selection in sizes. Especially because I love what is called the 4-bar size (3.5 x 5) and you can only get those through SU if you get them with notecards as well.

Many of you suggested Clearbags.com and after viewing their selection and prices – I decided to give them a whirl. I was a little hesitant because I really like nice quality envelopes – I know that is silly to some people. But I figure I put that much into the card – at least the envelope can be nice too, right? This site has some pretty inexpensive options – so I was pleasantly surprised to find they were also really nice quality!

Basically, I went through their site and ordered the minimum quantity (50) of each kind that I wanted to try. Here are my thoughts on each kind I ordered….(The #’s are clickable and will take you to that particular item – in the order they were in the shipping box).

#E230 – 4 Bar (5 1/8 x 3 5/8) – Linen – White – $3.95 for 50 envelopes – I found these quite nice, a linen textured envelope. (#E220 – Same envelope only in the A2 size – $5.00 for 50 envelopes)

#EC201 – A2 (4 3/8 x 5 3/4) – White – Basis – made from sustainable forests – $7.07 for 50 envelopes – I think these are ok – nice quality, squared off flap, but not worth the $ unless you are really into the environment.

#E5301 – 4 Bar (5 1/8 x 3 5/8) – Bone White – Astrobrights – $2.05 for 50 envelopes – I found these to be great – cheap! – envelopes, squared off flap, bone white is a gray-white. (#E5202 – same envelope only in Bright White in the A2 size – $3.15 for 50 envelopes)

#E130 – 4 Bar (5 1/8 x 3 5/8) – White – Premium Paper Envelopes made from 10% recycled content – $2.95 for 50 envelopes – I found these to be a good quality envelope, traditional triangle flap – good price. (#E120 – same envelope in the A2 size – SAME price! $2.95 for 50 envelopes)

#EF20 – A2 (4 3/8 x 5 3/4) – White – Mohawk Options 100% recycled, etc. – $5.00 for 50 envelopes – I found these to be the most comparable to SU ultrasmooth white envelopes – same smooth texture, squared off flap, although perhaps a tad thinner.

#E730 – 4 Bar (5 1/8 x 3 5/8) -White – Mohawk Deckled Envelopes 30% recycled content – $9.00 for 50 envelopes – These are nice, thick, textured envelopes with a deckled edge along the squared off flap. However, I think they are pretty pricey for everyday use.

#E150 – (3 11/16 x 2 11/16) – White – Premium Paper Envelopes made from 10% recycled content – $3.50 for 50 envelopes – these are nice and thick, with a triangle flap. Made for a 3.5 x 2.5 card – not a mailable size.

#E180 – (5×5) – White – Premium Paper Envelopes made from 10% recycled content – $5.10 for 50 envelopes – I like the size of these – made for a 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 (or so) card. They are a nice quality envelope with a squared off flap.

Now these are only the envelopes I tried. It’s a pretty good variety of what they carry though. Some of the brands have many colors and sizes available. Some only come in white and vanilla. They also have a wide variety of clear envelopes as well.

I also tried their Crystal Clear Boxes. I found them to be identical to the ones sold at PTI and other sites. What I love about theirs is that you can get them in other sizes. I purchased several sizes for the A2 cards – so I can put however many cards in a gift set that I want. For the typical size (4 1/2 x 1 x 5 7/8) you get 25 boxes for $9.75. That works out to .39 per box! I was also able to order some for the 4 Bar notecards I like to make – I put 5 or 6 cards and envelopes in this size – (3 3/4 x 5/8 x 5 3/16). They were $7.50 for 25 boxes (.30 per box). I was also sent clear circle stickers to “seal” the boxes shut with. I’m not sure if they always send these or not, but I got enough for all my boxes and they were free.

Where I shopped:

www.clearbags.com
They had great prices, great variety, decent shipping charges, and I got them pretty quickly too! Overall – I am very impressed with them. I will definitely be ordering my envelopes from them in the future!

15 comments to Stuff I Like: Clearbags.com

  • How funny…I’ve bought the CLEAR envelopes from them for years…and never realized they carried REGULAR envelopes! 😉 I’m such a dork. Thanks for opening my eyes. Sounds like some pretty good prices too.

    Jane

  • TFS, I find the information that you share to be so helpful. Living overseas, I rely on all you gals to keep me up to date on the latest and greatest. It is a bonus when you share where to find certain items.
    Thanks,
    Justine

  • Thanks for doing all the work and spending all your money first! 🙂 No, seriously, I really appreciate when someone tells us what they find, what’s good and bad about it, and which was their favorite. It gives me a great starting point, not to mention peace of mind to know that others have had a great experience before I place an order with an internet company. Thanks Emily!

  • I have used ClearBags for awhile…for the cello envelopes. Thanks for the review on their envelopes!! I need to get a box pretty soon. If someone is interested they are VERY nice and helpful over the phone and WILL send you a free sample of an item.

  • Serena

    You’ inspire me to try making card. So I now know where to get the envelopes but I need info on the card themselves. Do you pre-cut/scored cards or to you just cut cardstock up yourself? I look forward to finding out so I can shop and get started. I’d like to make cards to send to DH and his fellow sailors so they can send pretty cards home to the families waiting for them.

  • Jacki

    Emily – thank you for doing the comparison and sharing it with us. It was very helpful!

  • I love clearbags.com as well! I’ve ordered clear plastic bags from them and been very happy.

  • Amanda Currier

    Thanks for sharing all the details! I’m in need of some envelopes too. I’ll be sure to check this place out. Thanks for sharing your finds!

  • Fran M

    I order clear envelopes and boxes from California Paper Goods and they are even cheaper – their clear boxes are 35 cents apiece.

  • Kim L.

    Thanks for doing all that work with the comparisons! It’s been a long while since I’ve purchased from them (I’ve only gotten their clear envelopes), so I may have to check them out again!

  • Sharon

    Emily,

    Thanks for sharing! I have bought from them but I didn’t know they were that good. You’re the greatest!

  • Thanks so much for sharing your insight and experience with us. I have been looking for an envelope resource and now I have one! Thanks so much. ~chris

  • YEA! I LOVE this weekly post you do! You have always steered me to quality products and I am so grateful you take the time to do it. It’s like having my own personal shopper!

  • This is perfect! Thank you!! I have a big craft show coming up in October and these boxes will work wonderfully for my cards. 🙂

  • […] I used some of the boxes I got at Clearbags.com (more info HERE) to package them up before tucking them in a gift bag.  […]

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