For the last several days I have been trying to find some nice, simple paper and envelopes for writing letters on in the traditional way--personal notes by hand with a pen. Now in Britain I could go into any local newsagents or stationers and buy a Basildon Bond pad and matching envelopes for pocket change ( www.basildonbond.com ). But over here in America, it seems that no such thing is to be found.
Firstly, you don't find newsagents or stationers like you do in England. There are greeting card shops, big office supply stores like Staples or Office Depot, or bookshops like Borders or Barnes & Noble. Secondly, there is not ordinary letter writing paper, there is Stationery with a capital S. Decorated, customized, pre-printed, elaborate and ridiculously expensive sheets of paper or note cards. Crane ( www.crane.com ) comes closest to having reasonably priced plain and simple notepaper, but finding shops that stock it is hard and it's still expensive, more so if you buy on-line.
Anyone have any thoughts on where else to look?