Like many of you, I like to splurge on stationary. Stickers, stamps, deco tape, washi tape, envelopes… I really have to controll myself. As I would like a lot of stationary on the cheap, I tend to stear away from most Dutch stationary webshops (it is often a little bit more expensive, but you receive it the next day) & browse Etsy first. When I find something I like, I check the price on shipping. Everything over $4 is too expensive for me, since I’ll probably only order a sheet of stickers. Unless it’s a stamp, but as we all know: stamps are forever, stickers are not (when it comes to snailmailing).
So my quest continues to Ebay. I ordered there a couple of years ago, but it turned sour when Etsy showed up. Now I go back and try to find stationary for a reasonable price. Just hit “Buy it now” if you are not into bidding, like me. You will be amazed! Usely shipping is very low and most of the time even free. You can find all kinds of lovely vintage stationary, stickers, postcards..
Here are 11 of the items on my watchlist, items you will probably also find on Etsy or any other stationary webshop, as they are resellers. I have yet to find the source of all this magic, but when the day comes, I will be sure to notify you. Get your paypal accounts out & have a look…
Travel Clear Stamps Anchor, Ship, Compass (a lot of stamps!) for $3,99 (link)
Alice in Wonderland postcards & envelopes (60 cards! 60!) for $12,34 (link)
Antique quill & ink set (awesome, right?) for $13,99 (link)
Old stamp stickers (153 in total!) for $16,99 (free shipping) (link)
Sealing stickers (real cute, 5 sheets) for $3,12 (link)
Paris cards & envelope set (56 cards, 36 envelopes) $12,34 (link)
Deco stickers (24 sheets) for $9,99 (free shipping) (link)
Around the world clear stamp stickers (6 sheets) for $3,49 (link)
Anchor stamp (I saw them on Etsy for $11…) for $2,54 (link)
7 Gypsies Apothecary label stickers (2 sheets) for $1,95 (link)
Alice in Wonderland stationary (writing paper, envelopes & stickers) for $3,32 (link)
Modern day gives us lots of opportunities to communicate. Think about it; when was the last time you received something in your mailbox, other than bills or adds? Right. So I decided to sent my best friend a package. Not a regular package, but a care package!
Inspired by my friend Irene, I picked a theme. As you probably can tell, I am in love with the ocean. Mermaids, anchors, shells, old ships, pirates.. My best friend likes it too, so it was fairly easy. Blue, greens, a bit of bronze..
I ended up having to seal the package shut, because it was so full. I added an insence stick, a brass chain with a lot of different marine charms, 3 small glass vials, a goldwrapped turquoise bead, a big brass key, some smoking papers (she forgot it at my place), lots of stickers, some cards & notes..
There is this cute girl. She is really pretty & a little shy. She loves My Little Pony. Not just love. She is a hooked. So when her older sister ordered a piece of jewelry from my webshop, this was the perfect opportunity. She would get a little gift. Because she is cute. Did I mention that already?
Anyway, it was just a simple gift; Summer lovin stamps by Basic Grey. I also wanted to add inkpads, but the envelope was already full. No biggy. I finally got a change to use my wooden envelope templates I purchased a year ago. The next day she received the package and sent me some supercute pictures. She made a necklace from the ribbon with the unicorn on it!
I just wrote about the wonderfull snailmail I got from Irene (if you don’t remember, here is the link) & realised it was time to surprise her back. I do have an old typewriter, but it is residing in the shed. Why? Because it doesn’t work. I could pick it up for free, the girl wanted to get rid of it. So it will make a nice decoration piece if I move to a bigger house. It is really retro & I love it. But it would take up to much space now and spiders and dust will live in it. I am storing it for later. I think.
Anyway, back to the package. I thought about it late at night, while I was in bed already. I decided it was the first thing on my to do list in the morning. And I couldn’t sleep, because I was to excited. At 11:00 pm, it was finished! Unfortunatly, it was already packed and wrapped, so no pics. I will do my best to describe the content. It had a handwritten letter in it, with cute houses on them. There was also an little address book, some stickers, more stickers, some paperstamps.. Next time I will take pics. I promise.
I actually received this package on the 15th of October 2012, but blogging about it now. This package sparked my imagination and jumpstarted my love for snailmail. It is sent by Irene, who started out as a customer (she bought a lot of my jewelry from Qrioza).
During the year, I lent her a dress that I bought on Etsy and she loved it. I decided she could keep it (well, in exchange for some money) & she was ecstatic. I have to say, the dress fits her perfectly. After that, she sent me this package, without notification. It was heartwarming.
She used a theme (fairytales) and really made it special. It contained a flower, a postcard, a lovely vintage print, a game card from a Little Red Riding Hood, two teabags & lots of other great stuff.
Irene is really kind and she also has a wonderful blog, called Lentetypes. Check it out!