Thursday, 14 November 2019

A collection of Stamps- Why I Recommend Post- Crossing

Since the passing of my Nan, I've embarked on a journey into the world of stamps and stamp collections. Helping with the organising of her house, I found a few odd stamps that left me intrigued.

There is no doubt in my mind that stamp collecting has in fact been a pass time that has gone on for decades all over the world with Britain's first postage stamp, The Penny Black, being made in 1840. The Penny Black saw the start of stamp collecting and  collections became increasing popular in the 1920's with the rise in value of stamps.

I am very much only at the start of my stamp journey, but so far, have found they opened up a whole new world for me. Buying and selling stamps for collections either privately, or through collectors, can be an expensive hobby which is not particularly useful for me at this time.

As an alternative, I've ventured else where for a modern day approach with Post-Crossing (Link to website below) and it is this, that I wish to share with you all right here, right now.

Post crossing is free to join and the aim of the game is very simple. You send a post card to a random person anywhere in the world, and you'll receive a card back. Post-Crossing provides you with the random addresses and for every post card you send, you'll receive one back. It is literally that simple.

What I love most, is not only the variety of modern stamps for my collection that I
receive, but also receiving the cards and profile of other people around the world.

Although you can not request specific cards or stamps, you do have space to create your profile, allowing you the opportunity to highlight your hobbies and interests. Most people, myself included, will check out your profile before sending a card and if we can send something that interests you, people generally will.

There are currently, 209 countries involved in Post-crossing and 787,446 members- That's a lot of postcards .... and stamps! 

I only joined Post-crossing in October 2019 but so far, I am loving it. 12 cards sent (4 still travelling) and 7 received so far from countries such as the Japan, Hong Kong, Sweden,  Singapore and South Africa. I've posted to the US, Spain, Russia and Taiwan to name a few.


For me, there are no negatives to post crossing. You do have to buy a stamp and a post card to send, and if money is tight, sending one each day is not going to work for you. The positive to this however, is that you are in control and can send a many as you like and how often you like so if that is only once a month, no problem.

There is always the added risk of lost post, but I feel the postal service in the modern world is largely reliable enough to manage a postcard or two. I have fortunately (and touch wood!) not had any unfortunate experiences so far......

Finally, I think it is a great way to get to know what life is like for other people on this planet we call home. Everyone so far has been supper friendly and, they ALL speak English, so if its been a while since your French lessons, don't worry.

So if you like stamps, fancying a new Pen pal or are interested in post cards from around the world, I'd defiantly recommend www.PostCrossing.com 

Happy Post- Crossing


A collection of Stamps- Why I Recommend Post- Crossing

Since the passing of my Nan, I've embarked on a journey into the world of stamps and stamp collections. Helping with the organising of h...