I am a great fan of snail mail. My business is
built around that concept. I love all the new and interesting stamps
that are released and my postmistress knows when I come in, I am not
buying the regular Flag or Liberty Bell stamps. I want to see what is
new – but more on that later.
Early this year MooreMagnets suggested I might find the blog www.MissiveMavin.com interesting. And I do. She is also a seller on etsy and promotes snail mail. In the course of reading her blog, I discovered http://www.postcrossing.com/.
Postcrossing is a site for people who like to
send and receive postcards. It works quite easily – even I was able to
figure it out. You register on the site and ask for an address. You are
given an address, a short bio of the receiver and a ID number to write
on your card.
Once your card has been sent and received, it
gets registered and your name will be put on the receiver list. I have
received about 14 cards from all over the world.
Some are scenic cards.
Some are art cards.
All are interesting.
Perhaps more interesting than the cards are the
many stamps that accompany the cards. The USPS has a global
international stamp that is round. It cost $1.10 to send an
international card. I use both the global stamp or one forever stamp (46
cents) and two postcard stamps from last year (32 cents each). It gives
the recipient a variety of stamps at one time.
But the stamps from around the world are amazing.
Can you imagine a stamp with guitar strumming pigs? Got one from the Czech Republic.
The card from Finland has sledders on it – why is that not a surprise?
Some stamps are just scenic.
But all the stamps have one thing in common. They are unique.
For those of you who are just flag and bell stamp users, here are a few of the new stamps I found at the post office this week.
So if you are looking for an interesting hobby,
check out Postcrossing. Or if you don't want to join an organized
group, take it upon yourself to send someone a card. You might be lucky
enough to get one in return.