Card$mart

Min. Liquid Capital: $60,000

Total Investment: $150,000 - $150,000

Net Worth Required: $300,000

Financing Available: Third Party

Training Provided: Yes




Card$mart is America's first and only national discount card and gift shop chain. Card$mart licensed stores provide customers with a unique shopping experience filled with quality product at value prices.

For more than 20 years, Card$mart has been the only national brand of card and gift shops to offer the 50% off Every Card Every Day concept successfully. When you join our network of independently-owned Card$mart shops, you join a community of passionate entrepreneurs who are excited about the future.

By becoming a Card$mart licensee, you automatically become part of a dynamic sales and marketing team. This concept has a proven success formula and a national brand that is recognized for quality and value. From helping you evaluate the perfect location to planning your grand opening celebration, we provide you with the essential support and network to become a successful Card$mart business owner.

Card$mart and Designer Greetings corporate history

The primary vendor and parent company of Card$mart, Designer Greetings Inc., is one of the nation's largest greeting card companies, with more than 35 years of experience and innovation. As the exclusive supplier to all Card$marts, each shop offers the latest trends in the industry. A family-owned-and-operated company founded in 1982, Designer Greetings takes pride in producing one of the most extensive greeting card lines in the United States - with access to more than 22,000 everyday and seasonal cards.

Designer Greetings is proud to employ a talented staff of artists from around the globe. The attention to detail that they give their award-winning cards satisfies customers and meets the needs of every important occasion. Offering exceptional quality at a superior value, Designer Greetings is the perfect choice for every occasion – and the perfect choice for retailers and consumers alike, giving Card$mart shops an edge over the competition.

Benefits to joining the Card$mart Program

  1. A proven business model
  2. Store-opening assistance
  3. Technology
  4. Gift-buying assistance
  5. Exclusive promotions and marketing programs
  6. Fixture and merchandising support
  7. Additional discounts and rebates
  8. Site selection guidance

The Preferred Giftware Vendor Program

One of the many benefits retailers receive when they become a Card$mart owner is the Preferred Giftware Vendor Program. This program provides superior terms of sale for members of the Designer Greetings Buyer Network.

Benefits to the Preferred Giftware Vendor Program:

  1. Receive extra discounts to enhance profit margins for Designer Greetings buying network members.
  2. In-Store promotions to increase customer traffic and sales.
  3. Experienced input of fellow Designer Greetings member retailers to develop and manage a list of preferred giftware vendors sorted by gift category
  4. Creative marketing assistance to develop promotions, complete with professionally designed point of sale signs.
  5. Quarterly preferred giftware vendor update bulletins that highlight new products, best sellers and special promotional offers from dozens of vendors

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