Friday, 25 November 2011

Postcrossing








I've rambled on about how much I ♥ vintage postcards before but this time I'm sticking firmly to the present.  Coming home to post on the doormat, or hearing the rustle and snap as the postie pushes it through my door makes me very happy, then comes that little rush of anticipation; what could it be?  More often than not a couple of disappointing plastic-windowed envelopes or a handful of junky flyers look up at me expectantly, in my experience if an envelope has a plastic window the contents are either dull or expensive - not a winner.  Every so often though, a handwritten card or letter from a friend drops through to make my day and then I wish it happened more regularly as they beat a Facebook message, tweet or email hands down. 

Enter Postcrossing, an international online community of postcard fanciers like myself!  Become a postcrosser, request an address, and send a postcard to a random soul across the globe and you'll then receive one yourself from someone else.  The perfect solution to boring mail days as you never know where your next postcard will come from or when it will arrive.


21 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, this is EXCELLENT. I'm doing it, I'm doing it! Thanks.

    P.S. That first photograph... SO SHABBY CHIC, THAT HOLDER.

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  2. Hey Jem - ever turn the radio on and the same song is playing on three different channels? That's what I've found reading blogs tonight, it seems everyone is getting exciting stuff in the mail except me!! Sea Angels and my sister's blog 'Brown paper packages tied up with string' also posted about wonderful things they have just received. I love your postcards and what a brilliant idea postcrossing is. It's just a joy getting cool stuff in the mail. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Oh my days. I am SO doing this. Postcrossing sounds awesome - thanks for sharing the tip! I love mail/post/letters. So much. Kind of wish email hadnt been invented at times as handwritten things are way more personal. also read your lovely post on vintage postcards and like that too! X

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  4. It's true, much as I lurve my laptop, nothing quite beats the swoosh and clunk of the letterbox bringing proper post. This sounds like a great idea. xx

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  5. Postcrossing sounds such a sweet little idea x

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  6. Now that’s real nostalgia; we used to do ‘chain postcards’ in the 60s but I don’t think it worked as well as this modern variation.

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  7. Wow, I have to sign up for that!

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  8. Wow, I may just have to sign up for this! <3 I keep seeing vintage postcards and thinking of you! Will have to pick one up sometime soon and send it to you! :) xo

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  9. This is such a brilliant idea. My daughter would love it. Thanks for sharing. xx

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  10. I'm a bit of a handwritten letter/postcard kinda girl. Wouldn't it just be lovely if for one day people sat down and wrote a letter to the people they love, rather than a lifeless text/tweet/email.
    Long live good mail xxx

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  11. I am so going to sign up for Postcrossing Jem.
    Expect something in the mail from me soon x

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  13. ooooh i love your postcards' holder, Jem! so shabby chic! and look at those wonderful postcards! i wish I'm not so lazy to walk to the post office, i'd love to participate in postcrossing, maybe when i get my bicycle this christmas hehe *wishing*

    Xx susan

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  14. Hello there! I also love vintage postcards. There's a vintage shop in Notts that sells them, i find it quite intriguing reading what people wrote about back then!

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  15. Well, you know me inside, Missus! You said that I'd like this post, and I do! I'm definitely going to sign myself up for this, and its reminded me that I've still got that vow to send people proper mailed letters as a 30 before 30....snail mail for the win!

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  16. oh my gosh, this is such a great idea... i love receiving 'nice' mail as i lie to call it... totally know what you mean about the plastic window mail >.< haha! xx

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  17. i'm on Postcrossing :) i don't do a huge amount as i have a lot of pen pals...(LOVE snail Mail!) but every now and again i request an address :)

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  18. What a novel idea! Harks back a little to the old days of pen pals before the Internet revolution.

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  19. Oh wow! I used to collect vintage postcards as a child. I had a huge box that got thrown away and your post reminded me of how much I loved them :)

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  20. How cool? VERY! and Postcrossing sounds immense! I'm on the case now - thank you for the heads up!

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