Friday, May 31, 2019

Ellsworth Kelly Stamp Release

Today is the anniversary of the release of the first Forever Stamp in 2015. So it seems only fitting to release a stamp on this day, and what could be better than these colorful art stamps? Ellsworth Kelly was a prolific artist mostly known for his abstract style. You can find his art in many places throughout the world including the Empire State Plaza where you can find his sculpture "Yellow and Blue" (seen below).

Will you be buying these stamps? I think I will. I can see them pairing quite nicely with some mail art. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Mail A Letter Online???

Ok...I feel like this defeats the purpose...but here goes. Did you know you could type out a letter on your computer and pay strangers to mail (and probably read) it for you? Starting at just $1.52 you can have them print the letter, address the envelope and mail it anywhere in the world. I'm not going to lie, I am highly tempted to try it. But that would require paying to mail myself a letter. I just feel like that takes the personal aspect out of doing it. I mean...the whole point to writing letters and sending mail is to connect with people in a way that is unlike our modern times. So I guess you can say I don't understand the need for this service. However, if you would like to try it out please feel free to click this link

Am I the only one who finds this service completely absurd?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Informed Delivery?

Have any of you signed up for the Informed Delivery service that is offered by the USPS? I just requested my verification (by mail of course), but this has be curious if anyone else is using this service?

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

No Postage Necessary...

...if mailed inside the United States. I am sure you all are familiar with this phrase, but in case you are not here is an example of where to find it.

This is a form of Business Reply Mail. Essentially the business asking for an answer will send you the envelope with essentially prepaid postage. When the business gets your reply their local post office calculates the postage that is due for delivering that piece of mail (and all others) for that specific business. 

After noticing this in the corners of my envelope I got to thinking recently about how much money a company has to spend to get replies from consumers. I know a few people think its fun to send these envelopes back empty, just to "stick it" to the company itself. However, did you ever think about putting a stamp on that envelope? Stick with me...what if the envelope is coming from a charity asking for a donation. Even if you agree to donate and send that reply the charity has to pay postage on it. If you attach proper postage you not only donated but also saved the charity a small amount in postage. Every little bit helps. 

Have you ever attached postage to envelopes like this?

Monday, May 27, 2019

Mail Call Monday

Dropped more goodies in the mail a few days ago. Hoping to make more people smile. In the pile was one card in particular that I enjoyed writing above all others. I was asked to help encourage a young girl who doesn't particularly like school by praising her passing the third grade. As well all know positive reinforcement is always a good thing. Needless to say I always enjoy sending mail, but sometimes there is one or two letters/cards that are more meaningful to write.

What did you send this week?

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Stamp Sunday: Wild and Scenic Rivers

I am sure many of you probably snagged these stamps when they released on the 21st. I unfortunately forgot they were coming out...which meant I forgot the stamp ceremony. *eyeroll*. The most disappointing thing about this is that the stamp ceremony was in Bend, Oregon. This is just 15-20 minutes drive from here. I wanted to attend, but again...brain fog got the best of me.

Anyway, the Deschutes River is featured in this set (far right, third one down). The Deschutes runs through my town and the neighboring ones. You can float the river in summer time and watch a myriad of water fowl and other animals drinking or swimming in the river. The Deschutes allows us to irrigate the farmland that is all around this area, so without it we would be completely lost.

My local post office did not have the stamps when I asked. I was told they only received 10 sheets upon the release. This further shows I will have to visit Bend for my stamp needs. OR wait for them to arrive from USPS online store.

Are any of these rivers close to you?

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Where Did My Week GO??

I honestly had planned on writing posts as soon as I returned from my trip this past week, but I was feeling under the weather and I had some craziness going on at work. I feel like I am allowed to take a bit of time away as I want this blog to be fun. If it becomes work then I probably will not enjoy it as much. Anyway, let me tell you about my trip!

We were stopped at a red light in Salem Oregon and I loved the color combos (and subjects) of this painted wall. I must say I have seen more wonderful murals out in the wild on the west coast as compared to the midwest.

The weather was good for our trip for the most part and even though it did rain a little we were still able to visit a few of my favorite shops while on the coast. We went into a store called Astoria Hardware (that I of course forgot to take pictures time!) that has lots of vintage hardware, books, furniture and more. I didn't purchase anything from there this trip but I know there are a few things that I will pick up if they are there next time.

From there we stopped by the Astoria Post Office and Customs House.
This was as good a picture as I could capture without crossing the street and possibly drawing some odd stares. The outside of the building is what I would consider very typical of post offices I have been to back in Ohio. You could tell the building has been there for quite some time.
The inside was gorgeous. It was clean and friendly and almost a bit regal seeming. One of the big differences from the inside of other post offices I have been to was the marble. It was everywhere in this post office. I wish I had taken a picture of the inside room. *sigh* Add that to my list for next time.
The post office boxes themselves have a very vintage feel to them. I love the numbering on them and in my opinion are much better aesthetically than the gray box that I now get my postal love in. Oh well. We can't all get our mail in beautiful boxes like that.

This post office also had lots of stamp variety. Which is amazing! I am telling you I wish all post offices did! My local post office doesn't carry much variety, even when the stamps are released here (that is for another post though). I picked up another sheet of the intercontinental railroad stamps as well as Scooby and Cactus Flowers stamps. The lady who helped me was warm an inviting and even gave me a glassine envelope so my stamps wouldn't get damaged.

I went to another post office in Seaside proper and they didn't have as much variety for stamps, but I did pick up the Little Mo stamps as well as a copy of USA Philatelic. The lady working the counter was not as friendly (quite honestly she seemed like she hated her job). Overall, I would go to either post office again as the Astoria one is beautiful and the one in Seaside is near other shops I frequent.

Before we arrive and as we are leaving we always stop at a convenience store called Snack Jacks. I think I take a picture of this set of dilapidated po boxes every time we pass them. There is something about the weathered blue and red that I just love.

Do you look for postal items when you travel? I think my new favorite thing is visiting the post offices and seeing what they have to offer. I will be doing that again in a few weeks on a trip to Arizona to see family. :)

More Soon!