Ever since I was a little girl, I have always been fascinated by vintage postage stamps. My dad has always been a collector and I just love the history and vivid colors of each unique stamp. I love receiving packages filled with vintage and colorful stamps from different eras. It just seems so much more personal and quaint. So of course I plan to carry on this tradition when it comes to our formal wedding invitations. If you aren’t aware, postage holds it’s value forever. So if you have a .03cent stamp from 1920, you can still use it! You just have to pile on a bunch of other cool stamps to add up to the current .45cent requirement for standard mail. Just look at how whimsical it can look.
Aren’t they wonderful? And there are so many stamps to choose from your options really are endless. You can color coordinate them using different red stamps if red is one of your colors. Or if you’re having a beach wedding you can choose all beachy and sea life stamps. There are several retail shops online that sell any vintage stamp you can think of, as well as lots of etsy and ebay sellers. But be wary.. if people are selling their stamps online they most likely aren’t selling them at face value [the amount on the actual stamp] so you will end up paying at least twice as much as the postage is even worth. For example there are a lot of etsy sellers that will choose the stamps for you and sell you a pack for one letter at $2.50. Well one letter is only .45cents so if you’re planning to send say.. 100 invitations, this would end up costing you $250 in postage rather than a measly $45. However, if you don’t have time to run around town to your local stamp shops searching for the e perfect stamps, then this definitely is a timesaver.
I thoroughly enjoy the hunt though so I started doing some some research on local stamp shops here in San Antonio. I didn’t find much, but I did find out at on April 24th they’re hosting a Stamp Convention! So you bet your buttons Derek and I will be attending that. My dad said that I should be able to find sheets and sheets of face value stamps [because they aren't worth anything so people want to get rid of them] which are perfect for our hundreds of invitations! I haven’t decided yet whether I want to color coordinate them with my six colors, or find fun modern design/architectural stamps that represent us as a couple. I guess it depends on how lucky I am at the Stamp Convention.
Do any of you [or your dads] have any fun vintage stamps lying around that you’d like to sell me [for face value]? Or do you know of any retailers in Texas with oodles of vintage stamps? I’m totally willing to make a road trip for this! I just love the hunt :) Please please please let me know!