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.
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).
#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:
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!