Earth Friendly Tip: Stamps Online Save Sanity Too

My favorite new stamp design

I remember when the mailman would deliver
an order form for stamps through the mail
every so often. As a busy mother, I loved that option.
In the past few years, I only see that in my mailbox
once or twice a year. And, they offer a small, and
most importantly, common {dull} selection. Pish Posh.

I was OK with that for a while because I liked
going to the Post Office in my small towns
and visiting with the clerks, perusing all
the new stamp designs and choosing my favorites.

The past few years I have lived in cities and
one would think the service and selection would
be at least as good as, if not better than, the
small town post offices can offer.

Like too many things that make absolutely no sense
with the passing of time, I was becoming
increasingly frustrated by my consistently disappointing
{that is so beyond mild, I deserve a halo, please.}
post office experiences.

I hope you're one of
the lucky ones, but, if, like me, you begin to
dread your next trip to the post office, or even if
you don't, I hope your life will be brighter in the
postage stamp arena of life
after you consider this.

Read on dear friend...

I decided to check out this ordering online option
because the post offices never had the stamp variety
that they advertise all over the walls with giant
promotional posters. Maybe if I never saw the
gorgeous stamp I wouldn't be so crestfallen.
But there they are. Larger than life. So pretty.

Sorry. We don't have those.
We ran out of those two days after we got them.
I have never seen that stamp in my drawer.
I don't know anything about what's on order
or when or if we'll ever have those.
They don't tell us anything.
Oh, those stamps aren't out yet.
***Gee, that seems highly unlikely as the issue date
{again, larger than life} is just last week.***
Oh, then they must be all gone. They're
not making those anymore.

Are you with me?
This is only the half of it.
Other reasons I cringe at the
thought of a post office visit:
Long Long Long Long Lines
5 stations, 2 clerks
clerks that argue with me about my envelope/package's postage
{which I already correctly calculated online}
clerks who take my handcrafted envelopes and
slap a metered postage sticker
haphazardly, so that it looks like
a 3 year old in a pitch black movie theater
placed it there. While watching the film.
And holding a 32 oz. sugary fizz-something.
All of this AFTER I specifically request
they just tell me the postage and I will
place my own stamps on the item.

There's also the limited hours of operation,
the abysmal parking scene, the weather...
and, even if you never have any of these
disheartening experiences like I do,
there's the environmental impact:
adding to traffic & pollution.
And your auto costs, energy & time.

And I haven't even touched on
the people in line. That would need
a book chapter.

If you're a germaphobe like me,
there's that, to avoid {like the plague,
I should say, no?} as well.

After reading just these few anecdotes,
you may be able to see that
my true fright is my head exploding.
And, honestly, we cannot have that.

Now for the beauty of online ordering:
It is pleasant & simple. Takes mere minutes.
You have every selection & option your heart desires.
You can do this in your jammies.
While eating lovely bon bons.
The shipping is a mere $1.00
The stamps arrive in 2 days. Yes.
Look at the packaging. Sweet.
You have now avoided every
mind numbing bit of insanity
mentioned up above.
And there's more....

Perhaps my favorite aspect of this online ordering
is the recycling 'gifts'.
First of all, you have the fabulous
Tyvek envelope. So pretty & white, to boot.
Then you have all of those perfect
cellophane enclosed cardboard pieces.
They not only keep your stamps handy
& damage free, but you can reuse these
no end! For free. You never receive your stamps
in these at the post office.

It's a win.win.win. situation.
Try it. You'll like it.
And you'll save our pretty blue planet.
And your sanity.
Or at the very least, mine.



~*~Pearl~*~ said...

xoxoxoxo's lady joon!!

Judy Nolan said...

You'll be heartened to know that today I received a book in the mail via a book swap, enclosed in an envelope with eight colorful and interesting stamps. I'm saving 'em! Happy Birthday, Joon!

robayre said...

I am so with you on this post. Everything is spot on.
I used to have so much faith and trust in the post office and after living at my last location everything crumbled. I have about as many stories I could share about poor/unbelievable service that it would equal once a week for the 4 years I lived there.
I'm glad you have luck ordering online. I should try that sometime because I've had the same experience about selection at the office as well. Why keep up the promotional posters if you don't plan on offering them? ugh.

jstinson said...

Good things come in small packages..with interesting stamps! Fun blog.

Moon Mommy said...

Great post. And who doesn't welcome a reason to stay the heck out of the post office? I am just down the road from you, in Boerne, and I thought we had the world's worst post office. Until I made the mistake of stopping in at the Dripping Springs PO (cue theme from Psycho now).
Thanks for tip, neighbor.

Kitty said...

Awww I'm totally going to do this now! What a great post :) And the book swap postage as stamps.... novel idea! I'm going to do that, too! They always suggest the postage on Paperbackswap.com, so I'll know exactly how many to put on. Yay! :) Thank you!

ps. How sad is it that the "forever" stamps are so dull? I mean... the Liberty Bell is cool and all, but they could have been a bit more colorful and creative. Sigh. Snail mail is NOT DEAD! :)


Kitty said...

Although.. I must add. I still like my post office and almost all of the clerks there. One is my particular favorite--an older guy who's always very chatty and makes a point of jokingly pretending to put the postage over the heart on my packaging (since I often put recycled hearts in nature pictures on the outsides of packages)... he's a nice, friendly old guy. But lo... the stamp selection is still often dismal. Online... ho!

Tiffany Teske said...

Hey there, Joonie! Miss you so much. I live in Canada but it is not any better here. In fact, in my town, there is no door to door delivery, everyone has a post office box. That means all of the population and all of the tourists (and Banff is a huge tourist town) stand in line for those two clerks at five stations to pick up anything that doesn't fit in their PO box, along with buy stamps, mailing, etc. IT SUCKS to put it mildly. And now, they are "remodeling" which means removing one till, and taking away the line dedicated to general delivery and putting it all in the one line. Sheesh! I SO HEAR YOU, JOON! i have not ordered stamps online here but should give it a try and will let you know... Hugs to you! T

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Wow, I never thought of doing that...ordering online. Going to try it. I'm with you on the let downs of not having great stamp selection. Always only the boring ones are left. Thanks for the tip! Take care friend. :)

thewildhare said...

oooh, I love these stamps too! Just went and ordered some, I am already looking forward to sharing them - and my letters - just all around. Thanks for sharing this idea, and for sharing yourself, Ms. Joon.