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Quotecard Postcard #57

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Swap Coordinator:spinjenny (contact)
Swap categories: Miscellaneous  Newbie  Postcards 
Number of people in swap:65
Location:International
Type:Type 2: Flat mail
Rating requirement:4.90 (unrated swappers allowed)
Last day to signup/drop:February 15, 2012
Date items must be sent by:February 29, 2012
Number of swap partners:3
Description:

This is a pretty basic "sender's choice" postcard swap to share a little zinger of wisdom/humour/etc with your partners. The only catch is that it MUST contain one of your favourite quotes, but that can be either an old friend or a newly discovered favourite. The postcard can be handmade or printed (commercially or otherwise). If you design the card yourself, you may incorporate your quote into the design of the front if you prefer; otherwise you must put it on the back of the card.

Please say where the quote is from or give the credit where it's due. You may use quotes in languages other than English, but if you do, please include a translation for your partner. Do not forget to include the swap name and your user name on the card!

You will send out 3 of these cards, one to each partner, possibly across the globe. They should be postmarked! Please DO NOT send in an envelope.

I will drop anyone with unexplained 1s or 3s, or if I have any other reason to believe they might be a problem in this swap. I do not drop until after sign-ups end, so if you have any concerns about members who have joined, please PM me before then. If your rating is below 4.9 because of a clearly unfair rating, PM me and we can discuss it. Newbies are welcome!! (but must have a filled out profile, more than just one or two lines.)

You must communicate with both me and your partner if you are late for any reason. If there are any problems, please try to work it out with your partner, but if that is not possible, contact me and I will try to help. Please do not give a 3 or 1 rating without giving your partner a chance to fix the situation.

Happy swapping to all! Please contact me if you have any questions or problems.

Note: This swap series was originated by @nicole who later handed it over to me.

Discussion

spinjenny 01/16/2012 #

This should be a fun, low-pressure swap, so don't feel you have to do a lot of research unless you want to do that. I have a file in which I save quotations that I like, so I don't usually need to search for them for my Quotecards, but when I want quotes on a particular theme, I put:

[theme keywords] quote OR quotation

into a search engine. I get links to some general quotation sites but also ones which only have quotes on that theme, which often have many more than the general sites.

Some general ones:

Also, here's an interesting site (well, interesting to me, anyway) ... Black Cab Quotes. A London cab driver decided to leave a clipboard in the back of the cab and invite his passengers to write down their favourite quotes. Most of them aren't attributed, so if you like one, you may need to search online for the original source.

spinjenny 01/16/2012 #

I am also often asked about sources for nice or 'different' postcards. Museums and art galleries usually have them, and a lot of book shops and stationery stores/departments have nice ones. In the US, USPS sells books of themed post cards - a bit expensive, but they are already stamped. In the UK, Royal Mail often issues postcard sets to go with new commemorative stamp releases. Postal services in other countries may have postcards too.

There are online sources, of course:

  • Amazon has books of postcards.
  • Pomegranate have lots of choice, and their "blowout" packs are a great 'pot luck' deal. They can sometimes send UK packages via their UK distributor, saving some money, so UK/European swappers may want to contact them before ordering.
  • postcardstop.com have a good range.
  • VisionWorks is another good US online source, but I can also get some of the cards they stock from my local 'world store' here in the UK.
  • Syracuse Cultural Workers has interesting cards, many of them with quotes and most of them with a 'message'.
  • Zazzle has a lot of postcards too, and they have sites in other countries, including in the UK. (Check the shipping, though.)
  • The Film Store has film-related postcards, of course, but other subjects too. It is a UK site but you can opt to see the prices in US dollars.
  • Chronicle Books
  • Dover Publications has books with 12 standard size and 24 slightly larger postcards
  • Moo ReadyMade US/Canada store and European store. You can also put together a custom selection from their designs or upload your own.
  • some Etsy sellers have postcards, and it is worth looking on eBay too.

If anyone has suggestions for other sources, please post them here.

Please note: some postcard collectors are not happy to receive cards which weren't bought in 'normal' stores, and when swaps specify "store-bought" Moo and Etsy postcards may not be acceptable. For this swap, though, any good quality postcards are acceptable because the quotes are the important part.

EvilBlackSheep 02/13/2012 #

Hi,

I was just wondering something. I don't have any postcards with a quote so I was planning on making some as you said handmade are ok. But what I'm nervous about is what if I'm assigned to someone who doesn't want any homemade one?

Am i then supposed to get a regular postcard and write a quote behind?

Thanks for letting me know, I'm nervous to sign up and then do something wrong and get a bad rating, I'm pretty new to the site and not sure how everything work.

spinjenny 02/14/2012 #

EvilBlackSheep, the idea of this swap is not to send a postcard with an already-printed quote. It is to write one of your own favourite quotes on the back of an ordinary commercial postcard or to make a card with a quote which may be on the front or back. So, if you have any postcards at all, you can send ones with a handwritten quote on the back.

If you still prefer to make one, that's fine too. The swap description says that handmade postcards are allowed, so anyone who does not want any handmade ones should not join. Your partners would not be allowed to give you a bad rating just because you sent handmade cards. Some would actually be more likely to give you a heart, because many people on this site like receiving handmade items, and appreciate that extra effort.

EvilBlackSheep 02/14/2012 #

Thanks for the answer :)

spinjenny 02/16/2012 #

As sign-ups have ended for this swap, I have now created the next swap in the series, Quotecard Postcard #58. I hope to see many of you in that one too.

whytewillow 02/17/2012 #

Well this is my first postcard swap....hope I didn't mess up too bad. Hope my partners are kind...lol

spinjenny 02/19/2012 #

I'm sure you didn't really mess up, and most partners are just pleased to receive a nice postcard. :-)

spinjenny 03/16/2012 #

It is now over 2 weeks since the Send deadline for this swap. Everyone has marked Sent - thank you!

If anyone has not received after a reasonable time, bearing in mind where your partners live, please try to contact them. If you cannot resolve it between you, please PM me, as I will not be checking these comments any more.

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