After seeing her collection and clear passion for postcrossing, I did more research.
It's a project on a website that lets you send and receive postcards from all over the world for the price of a postcard and stamp! These are real postcards, not e-cards.
How does it work?
1. Sign up on their website (below) and fill out your profile such as what postcards you'd like to get.
2. You will receive 5 addresses with a link to the postcrossers' profiles.
3. Write your message and most importantly the register code. Mail them away!
3. Wait till someone receives and registers your card! This will allow you to receive and send more postcards whoohoo!!
|A screenshot of sending postcards. I'm second from the top.|
It's free and easy!
I was feeling nostalgic for the good ol' days when we communicated through letters. I still have good memories of my penpals as a child. Postcrossing lets you do that but with postcards instead. You never know when and where the next postcard is going to come from. This can be good and bad. I remember the agonizing wait for my first postcard. Almost every night I would march to the mailbox, key in hand and a big smile on my face, telling myself "This is the night. I have a good feeling that it's today!!" only to be disappointed over and over again. But it is sooo worth it! I jumped up and down, more peppier than the kids on Glee. It must have been a sight to see someone in pyjamas and boots skipping along in the middle of the street at night. Well worth all the waiting. Also, the messages you receive is amazing. I've only received 3 cards to date but I'm so excited to see the variety of people's message from all over the world! As for sending the cards, that's the other sweet part. I've talked about everything from art, my cats to even writing a haiku to a poet postcrosser! I also taped a bus transfer to someone in Finland who collects them. There's so many possibilities!!
Here's the cards I've received:
|First postcard received!! From Belarus on Feb 13 (surprise Vday present)|
|Second received from Germany|
|Third received from Japan. Such pretty stamp.|
Some postcards I've sent: (I unfortunately forgot to take pics of 4 of them booo) Oh well.
|First postcard sent to Hamburg Germany! Jan 13|
The ones below are from an art stock that I found at Steeling Home's in Calgary. It's such a challenge to find postcards that are not "touristy". After calling around so many stationary stores, this place came through with an amazing deal: a book of 30 postcards for $6!! Works out to be about 20 cents/card. So cool!! (If anyone knows where I could get vintage postcards, or anything but touristy ones, please leave a comment below. Thanks!)
Below are a few of the cards from this book. I forgot to take a pic of 4 sent cards :(
The missed countries are: Germany, USA, Finland and Belarus
|Almond Blossom to Germany Jan 13|
|Cycle to Russia Jan 13|
|Guadalupita to Tawain Jan 13|
|La Casa de la Penumbra to USA Jan 13|
Happy corresponding and trails by mail :)