Q: Do you only sell postage stamps? Do you offer any other services?
A: We offer a wide range of services! We curate postage stamps and design an array of paper goods for our clients, including custom stationery, wedding invitation suites, birth announcements, bridal shower invitations, and thank you cards. During the holidays, we also handmake beautiful one of a kind postage stamp ornaments using cancelled vintage postage stamps. This is the beautiful way to display a collection of stamps that might otherwise go to waste.
Q: How do I adhere my vintage postage stamps?
A: Most vintage postage stamps have a gum adhesive on the back that becomes sticky when moistened. So, you can just go the good old fashioned way and lick your stamps. If you want to avoid tasting the old vintage gum (especially if you working with a large quantity of stamps), you can use a moistened sponge. Use a delicate touch and run the sponge along the back of the stamp. Just be careful that the sponge isn't too wet. If the glue gets too wet, it will slide around on the paper before adhering. Finally, you can also use a glue stick (e.g., an Elmer's brand glue stick) to adhere a vintage stamp.
Q: How should I arrange my postage stamps?
A: The technical answer is that you can place your stamps anywhere on the face of the envelope (i.e., the side with the address). The traditional method is to arrange the stamps in the upper right corner of the face of the envelope. If your return address is on the back of the envelope (instead of the upper left corner), you can also arrange the stamps across the entire top edge of the envelope. Please note that USPS asks that your return address be on the front of the envelope. That said, I have sent out hundreds of letters with the return address on the back of the envelope and have not had any problems.
Q: I want to use vintage postage stamps to mail my wedding invitations or another large mailing, but I have a tight budget. What can I do?
A: The first thing that I would recommend is that you please send me a message. I am always happy to help and will work with any budget! There are several things that we can do to create your perfect mailing, while keeping the cost down. Keep in mind that some vintage stamps are more expensive than others. Based on your budget and theme, I will look through my collection and provide you with several options. I can also reach out to stamp dealers that I work with and track something down for you.
We can also incorporate a current USPS stamp, alongside vintage stamps, to complete your arrangement. This is also a good idea if you need more than the standard 49 cents for your mailing, because vintage stamps come in smaller denominations (e.g., 10 or 13 cents) and it may be difficult to exclusively use vintage stamps. For example, in the picture to the left, the wedding invitation cost 93 cents to mail. I incorporated a $0.71 cent butterfly stamp that is currently available through USPS and added two vintage stamps to complete the assortment and keep costs down.
If you want to use a current USPS stamp in an assortment, check out the USPS website to see the options. You can order those stamps yourself and just let me know which stamp you picked out so that I can work on finding vintage postage stamps that work well alongside it. I would also be happy to purchase the USPS stamps and include them in your order. I will charge you the cost that I paid for the current USPS stamps (i.e., the face value of the stamps plus any shipping that USPS charges me if I order the stamps online).
Q: How do you photograph your vintage postage stamps?
A: I use natural outdoor light when photographing my stamps to get the truest color possible. Nevertheless, please allow for slight variations as computer screens may slightly alter the hues. When photographing an individual stamp, I use a macro lenses that allows me to photograph the stamp at close range and capture as much detail as possible. Please see our collection page for individual, close range, photographs the stamps.
Q: I'm having a hard time picturing a vintage stamp assortment on my envelopes. What should I do?
A: I would be happy to help! I have an assortment of envelopes and can send you a picture of your stamps against a certain envelope color. Below is a sample of the envelope colors that I have in stock. Just send me a message and I would be happy to help you.
Q: Why are some postage assortments more expensive than other assortments?
A: Certain postage assortments are more expensive than others, because a certain postage stamp in the assortment is driving up the price. For example, certain postage stamps that are popular for weddings (e.g., love stamps, Grace Kelly) are hard to find and are sold at a premium price. If there is a stamp assortment that you like, but it is above your budget, just send me a message. We can play with the assortment to find a way to bring the price down.
Q: I need a single type of postage stamp to complete my own assortment. Do you sell individual postage stamps?
A: Yes (availability permitting). Just send me a message and I would be happy to help you.
Q: I am working on my wedding invitations and I'm trying to plan ahead. Is there anything that I should know?
A: Planning ahead when working on wedding invitations is a great idea. Although there are a lot of things that you will need to know, below are my tips for preparing your wedding invites. If you have a question that I didn't answer, please feel free to email me! I am happy to help in any way that I can.
(1) Take your invitations to the Post Office. Before you buy and stick on your postage, go to the post office and ask them to weigh a complete invite so you know exactly how much postage each one requires. If your mailing weighs over one ounce, your postage will be increased. Make sure to keep that in mind when you're deciding on adding extra enclosures to your invitation suite (e.g., maps, postcards or reception cards). All of these things will increase the weight of your mailing and, accordingly, your postage.
(2) Non-Machinable Surcharge. The machines at the post office can only process certain envelope shapes and sizes. If your envelope is an odd shape (i.e., if it's too rigid, is a square space, as clasps, strings, buttons, or similar closure devices on the back, etc.), the post office will consider it as being "non-machinable." This is important because non machinable letters are subject to a 22-cent non machinable surcharge per envelope. If your letter is non-machinable and you forget to include postage for the surcharge, your letter may be returned to you for insufficient postage.
(3) Consider having your invitations hand processed. Even if your invitation doesn't meet the non-machinable criteria above, you should still consider paying the extra fee to have the invitations hand-processed. Hand Processed letters are sorted by hand rather than by a machine. This is important because the machine can bend or wrinkle your invites. Just note that while most post offices try to keep hand-processed mail separate from regular mail, there's no absolute guarantee that your invitations won't also go through the processing machines.
(4) Hand-Canceling. Another way to avoid having your invitations run through the sorting machine is to hand-cancel your invitations. When you drop off your letters at the post office, they cancel out the postage so that it can’t be used again. Usually, letters are cancelled by a machine. To avoid the risk of your invitations getting snagged or damaged, you can ask to have your postage "hand cancelled." When an envelope is hand cancelled, the postage stamp is hand stamped to cancel out the postage. Make sure to check with your local post office first to make sure that it has the hand stamp. If it does, you can ask whether the post office will hand-cancel the postage for you, or if you can take the stamp for a few minutes and hand-cancel the postage yourself.
(4) Postage for RSVPs. When figuring out how much postage to buy, consider whether or not you want to stamp the RSVP cards/envelopes in your invitation set as a courtesy to your guests. If so, you'll need to buy more postage.
(5) Square Envelopes. If you decide to go with an envelop that is a square size, it will require extra postage.
(6) Calligraphy and Vintage Postage. I love pairing calligraphy with vintage postage stamps. It makes an elegant first impression. I recommend that you let your calligrapher know that you are planning on using vintage postage stamps, so that the calligrapher knows to leave enough space for your stamps. You can also ask that your calligrapher work with the company that is providing your vintage stamps. I will usually send a complimentary vintage postage set to your calligrapher, so that they can plan accordingly.
(7) Mailing Timing. The standard timeline is to mail your wedding invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding—or 10 to 12 weeks in advance if you're having a destination wedding. Save-the-dates typically go out six to eight months before the wedding.
(8) Code your RSVP Cards with Invisible Ink. You'll be surprised by the number of RSVP cards that you will get back where the person forget to write their name on it or where the writing is illegible. A great solution is to number your reply cards so that when someone rsvp's you'll know who it is. You can keep a corresponding list of guest names and numbers so you can check them off as you receive them. One way to do this is by writing a small number in pencil on the backside of the rsvp card. To avoid the visible mark on your card, I recommend that you use invisible ink! That's right, your childhood dreams have come true! You can buy invisible pens on amazon. Each one comes with mini UV light that you can use to light up the text and reveal your the code. Here's a link to invisible pens that I used.