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08 Jul, 2014

Happy birthday Village Quire! (Plus a giveaway)

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Westboro|Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

I’ve written about Westboro’s the Village Quire before, but to summarize (a) the Village Quire is a Fishbowl patron and (b) my go-to place to buy cards, stationary, and wee gifties of all kinds. Three cheers for shopping local!

The store is celebrating an anniversary this year, and YOU are invited to the party. The Village Quire has been part of Westboro for 12 years, and it’s been three years since they moved to their current location beside Truffle Treasures.

Customers new and old are invited to drop by on Friday July 11 between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for cupcakes and snacks. There’ll be door prizes too! One will be from one of our favourite local card makers, Alice Hinter, and another door prize will feature a fun collection of party supplies. (There may even be loot bags too!)

Can’t make the party? I have a little something for one virtual party goer.

  • This giveaway is for a $40 shopping spree at the Village Quire. (Cards! Ribbons! Gifts! Wrapping paper! You won’t believe ALL THE CUTE.)
  • In order for your entry to qualify, please leave a comment below.
  • Twitter users can earn a bonus entry by following and tweeting @thevillagequire #villagequirebday and linking to this giveaway. (Don’t forget to use the hashtag, otherwise we may miss your tweet! Sample tweet: “Happy birthday to Westboro’s @thevillagequire! #villagequirebday http://ht.ly/yUxLT”)
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.

I will draw one name using Random.org at 9:00 p.m. EST on July 15, 2014. I’ll contact the winner via email at that time and post the name here as well.

That’s it! Over to you. Good luck, and I hope to see you at the party!

40 Responses to "Happy birthday Village Quire! (Plus a giveaway)"

1 | Mimi

July 8th, 2014 at 11:31 am


July and August are chock-full of birthdays. I could use some help with the cards!

2 | Sarah

July 8th, 2014 at 1:07 pm


Their products are so nice they just take things up a notch!

3 | Joy

July 8th, 2014 at 1:13 pm


I have never visited Village Quire, but i follow them on twitter – i am hoping to visit someday because i love cards, papers and unique gifts!!

5 | wendy

July 8th, 2014 at 1:18 pm


I haven’t had the pleasure being to village Quite. I love pretty paper and cards look forward to visiting thank you for this opportunity

6 | Misty Pratt

July 8th, 2014 at 1:19 pm


Yay, I love cards!!!

7 | Douze

July 8th, 2014 at 1:47 pm


My eldest was born twelve years ago. We attended the opening with our new baby. It’s a great little store.

8 | Tiana

July 8th, 2014 at 2:02 pm


I’ve never been there. This seems like a good reason to check it out.

9 | Tricia

July 8th, 2014 at 2:12 pm


It’s got such unique stuff…I would need a bigger gift card!

10 | Jen_nifer

July 8th, 2014 at 2:25 pm


I’d love a shopping spree there! I have a weak spot for paper products and picked up Christmas photo props from there on your recommendation last year.

11 | Sonya

July 8th, 2014 at 3:07 pm


Happy Birthday Village Quire!

12 | KL

July 8th, 2014 at 3:13 pm


Love cards and paper! Happy Birthday Village Quire.

13 | Molly

July 8th, 2014 at 4:26 pm


I have the warm fuzzies…thanks for all the lovely wishes, Fishes!

14 | gemma@thesweetestdigs

July 8th, 2014 at 4:33 pm


It’s my one-stop shop when I’m looking for a cute card. LOVE village quire!!

15 | Lynn

July 8th, 2014 at 4:47 pm


Paper products are my great weakness…sigh. Thanks for the giveaway!

16 | Sarah McCormack

July 8th, 2014 at 6:36 pm


Like Lynn, I have a weakness for paper products. would love to get some for free :) and I must visit this store either way!

17 | Nicola

July 8th, 2014 at 7:09 pm


I love all their unique cards!

18 | Denise

July 8th, 2014 at 10:38 pm


My daughter would love this!

19 | Krista R

July 9th, 2014 at 8:06 am


I have a soft spot for paper products and all things CUTE. I have been to the Village Quire a few times and love it.

20 | Rebecca

July 9th, 2014 at 8:06 am


I would love to check out the store soon. I have paper/stationary obsessions. I need to leave my East-end comfort zone more often ;)

21 | Natalie Fraser

July 9th, 2014 at 8:38 am


I would love to use this to put towards thank you cards for my wedding party!

22 | Erin Sweet

July 9th, 2014 at 3:42 pm


Nothing beats a hand written note on beautiful stationery.

23 | Cat

July 9th, 2014 at 7:23 pm


Never been and would love to discover this place:-)

24 | Susan Ovington

July 9th, 2014 at 7:44 pm


I love Paper, cards and wrap!
Looking forward to visiting the shop!

25 | Elnaz S

July 9th, 2014 at 9:21 pm


I love the Village Quire! I make sure to stop by every time I’m in Westboro. Congrats on the anniversary!

26 | Jacquie Poitras

July 10th, 2014 at 9:00 am


I love their selection of cards – something for every occasion and every type of relationship. Happy birthday! Wishing you many more!

27 | Erin

July 10th, 2014 at 2:11 pm


The Village Quire is one of my favorite stores in the village! Happy Birthday VQ!

28 | Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo

July 12th, 2014 at 1:28 am


We just added a new baby to the family last week (well, NOT ME!) and this would come in really handy.

Thanks for hosting.

Besos, Sarah
Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

29 | Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo

July 12th, 2014 at 1:31 am


I tweeted out about the giveaway, https://twitter.com/zoojourneys/status/487831267568656384

Besos, Sarah
Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

30 | HollyStar

July 13th, 2014 at 1:47 am


Happy Birthday, Village Quire! I’ve been on the receiving end of so many beautiful & unique cards from your store over the years. Great, great store.

31 | Davyd Balloch

July 14th, 2014 at 8:59 am


Nothing better than living in Westboro is there?

32 | Sandi

July 14th, 2014 at 10:39 am


Can’t believe I’ve never heard of this store before! Sounds awesome! Just the kind of place I love to browse in :)

33 | Cath

July 15th, 2014 at 12:18 pm


happy anniversary! wonderful store!

34 | Sabrina McTaggart

July 15th, 2014 at 12:55 pm


A little gem in Westboro! Fantastic service too.

35 | Cathy C

July 15th, 2014 at 7:00 pm


I love all things pretty and fun and wrapping like! What a lovely pirze Fingers crossed!

36 | Maude

July 15th, 2014 at 7:17 pm


Joyeux anniversaire Village Quire! Longue vie :)

37 | Debbie

July 15th, 2014 at 8:27 pm


Wonderful place!

38 | andrea tomkins

July 15th, 2014 at 9:04 pm


Comments are closed to new entries. Stay tuned for the winner!

39 | andrea tomkins

July 15th, 2014 at 9:07 pm


The winner is Cath, who wrote: “happy anniversary! wonderful store!”

Congratulations Cath! Please check your inbox!
Thanks as well to the Village Quire for providing the prizing. :)

40 | Molly

July 15th, 2014 at 9:11 pm


Thank you again for all the warm wishes and flattering compliments – I love my little store and I am so glad it shows!

Looking forward to seeing you soon, Cath!

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