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Greeting cards now on sale at more post offices

By Ed O'Keefe

A customer looks at greeting cards at the L'Enfant Plaza post office. (Courtesy U.S. Postal Service.)

The U.S. Postal Service plans to expand its greeting card sales to 900 locations nationwide just in time for Valentine's Day, with plans to expand to 1,500 locations by March. Twenty post offices in the Washington area are selling cards. (See a full list below.)

The Eye was the first to report about the Postal Service's efforts to boost sagging revenues by selling one of the most popularly mailed items. More than half of the 7 billion greeting cards sold in the U.S. each year are sent through the mail, accounting for 2 percent of total mail volume.

Valentine's Day is the second-most popular time to send cards in the mail, behind the winter holiday season, according to the Greeting Card Association.

Washington Area Post Offices Selling Greeting Cards:

Location Address
L'Enfant Plaza Station 437 L'Enfant Plaza SW Washington, DC 20024
Colesville Branch 13217 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring, Md. 20904
Germantown Main Office 12774 Wisteria Dr. Germantown, Md. 20874
Rockville Main Office 500 N. Washington St. Rockville, Md. 20850
Westlake Station 10421 Motor City Dr. Bethesda, Md. 20817
Waldorf Main Office 150 Post Office Rd. Waldorf, Md. 20602
Prince William Branch 3360 Post Office Rd. Woodbridge, Va. 22193
West Springfield Branch 6200 Rolling Rd. Springfield, Va. 22152
McLean West Branch 1544 Spring Hill Rd. McLean, Va. 22102
McLean Main Office 6841 Elm St. McLean, Va. 22101
Merrifield Post Office -- Flagship 8409 Lee Highway Merrifield, Va. 22081
Fairfax Main Post Office 10660 Page Ave. Fairfax, Va. 22030
Burke Branch 9501 Burke Rd. Burke, Va. 22015
Annandale Post Office 4270 John Marr Dr. Annandale, Va. 22003
Reston Branch 11110 Sunset Hills Rd. Reston, Va. 20190
Herndon 590 Grove St. Herndon, Va. 20170
Sterling Main Post Office 150 S. Sterling Blvd. Sterling, Va. 20164
Chantilly Branch Post Office 4410 Brookfield Corporate Dr. Chantilly, Va. 20151
Ashburn Post Office 21731 Filigree Ct. Ste. K Ashburn, Va. 20147
Winchester Main Post Office 340 N. Pleasant Valley Rd. Winchester, Va. 22601

SOURCE: U.S. Postal Service

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 3, 2010; 2:24 PM ET
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