Calling cards were traditionally a way to let people know that you had stopped by their home while they were out. You had "Payed a Call" and then they could keep track of who had come to visit and reply in kind by visiting you, obviously this was before telephones and answering machines... and text messaging.
Etsy is a great place to find handmade and beautiful cards and at an affordable price. My roommate recently bought herself a set as she is a freelancer in film and a blogger of fashion/books/and personal style and she loves them (Champagne and Chiffon). My friends and I always talk about getting personal cards- not to promote our business or career ventures- but to promote ourselves. Here are some links to some of the dealers on etsy. I really like the cards at Paper Chased. Remember, you can put as little or as much information on your card as you wish- and what a lovely way to create a memory of you to a complete stranger that stays with them.
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