I recently learned that a lot of Bookcrossers also collect postal stamps. And now that it’s (nearly) Holiday season, I’m guessing a lot of Bookcrossers might be recieving cards, letters and packages that have a stamp. So I thought maybe it’s a good idea to organise a stamps sweepstakes so all those used stamps find a better home.
If you’re not a stamp collector (like myself) you could participate by collecting the stamps that end up in your mailbox between now and the sweepstakes ending date (February 1st). Or you can pick a nice postcard and stick a stamp on it.
If you are a stamp collector, you can perhaps become the lucky winner and recieve stamps & postcards from all over the world. Or if your name isn’t drawn, you can send some of your double stamps to make someone else happy.
SWEEPSTAKES RULES ———————————————— (copied and edited from the sweets sweeps)
1. Post here in this thread to enter. If you want to send only, please specify this in your post.
2. Then PM me with your mailing details and please put ”Stamps Sweeps” in the subject line of your PM. If you wish to enter as SEND ONLY, then you do not need to send your mailing info, just post in the thread.
3. I'll let my 3 year old son draw two names out of the ”hat” One winner and one decoy. I'll PM everyone with the name and address of the winner (the winner will be PM'ed with the name and address of the decoy).
4. You are expected to send some stamps and/or a postcard (with a stamp ;) ) to the lucky winner. Please remember that this is an international sweepstakes, so you will be expected to send INTERNATIONALLY. But since stamps weigh less than a book, I hope postage costs won’t be too much of an issue.
5. Please don't let the winner know they have won, either by posting here or by PM, it's much more fun if the cards and stamps start arriving out of the blue!
6. To give everyone the time to collect stamps from their own mail and to avoid the holiday mail madness, I will draw the names on JANUARY 31st
I’ve been saving stamps for this Sweeps for about two weeks now. So obviously I don’t have that many. But since I like to buy things from a Swedish kind of craigslist, I often receive small parcels with 1 or 2 stamps and I put those in my special Bookcrossing stamps envelop that will go to the sweeps winner.
I don’t even know why there are so many stamps on the enveloppe! The parcel was even less than 50gr. But it’s a nice coincidence and good news for whoever will recieve my stamps enveloppe. It also makes me wonder if the person that sent me this, knew I was saving the stamps.
So, on the topic of my mystery envelope with lots of stamps...
I wondered why someone would send me something like that, and I think I figured it out.
This person probably collected stamps. On the swedish stamp collector website it says most Swedish stamps are only worth 50% of their marked value. So in stead of selling them, it’s best to use them for postage. Even if they are old. Now most of the stamps on the envelope are fairly old and they are all marked between 0,05$ and 0,5$. The parcel needed around 3,5$ worth of stamps, so the collector had to put a lot of old stamps on the envelope :)
Just out of curiosity I placed another bid on one of his craiglist items. I want to see if he will send it with as many stamps again.
Maybe you got a few secret santa or HGG parcels covered with stamps? Or perhaps a bunch of cards came in your mail with special christmas stamps? So why not put those stamps in an envelope and save them for this sweeps!
If we get a few more (send only or other) participants, I might decide to draw several winners when this sweeps ends.
I feel very happy dear Fremke85 as I' ve receiceved your old postcard in front of the Store Mellby station as awell as the stamps an amount of them and the envelope covered by stamps You have really made my day and I feel that I 'm someone special.
What a beautiful suprise was your special red enveloppe covered by special stamp a tribute to the Red Cross of friendship Somalia Norway.You have included so many other stamps,,,,, but also the card with this extraordinary phenomeno ofNothern Lights which I saw so many years ago when I visited your beautiful country.Thank you my dear CathrineB so much much much!!!
Beautiful your card and your stamps even more impressive!!!!!Thank you very much I m gratefull to have these beautiful things from your partI feel myself lucky to have won this sweepstake due to all of you
A nice surprised arrived today in my mailbox ,from the part of Alia_Rus , an envelope with thtree cards and a bunch of stamp ,I've never knew , as they are from the new-old coutries that consisted once the Soviet Union and now they have their independent presence.
Another todays surprise from the part of Diana -Fraser from a town I used to live many years ago.Thank you for your stamps and your card with the Cathedral of Rouan painted by the great painter of impressioniste Thank you also for the bookcrossing labels .Iuse to put exactly the same labels when I want to make travel a book.Hi!!Hi!!
Thank you Spatial!!Your envelope arrived to its destination including a bunch of stamps.a beautiful spring card with almond tree flower!!!And and and three very peculiar labels to share our books. I really like them and as they were humoursly i laughted with them.Really impressive
Thanks a lot J4shaw fot the beautiful, really beautiful post cards ,very special ones and the adhesive labels of bookcrossing some of them really interesting Thanks a lot for the bunch of stamps also. I feel very lucky.
mcsar - stamps (both mint and used) and stamp-themed card Where ever did you find that card? Very fitting for the occassion.
I know, right. I think it was the perfect card for this sweeps. Kiwiinengland sent me the card for the greeting card sweeps and I received it around the time this sweeps was closed. The timing could not have been better.
Αfter my accident and my absence for two months I try to put in order my post. So I have an envelope from New Zealand without any indication and I have no idea who might send it.I dont't know who to thank but inside there were beautiful cards with butterflies and etiquets for the bookct!!!!!!