|Swap Coordinator:||lostinavalon (contact)|
|Swap categories:||Postage Stamps|
|Number of people in swap:||12|
|Type:||Type 2: Flat mail|
|Last day to signup/drop:||December 29, 2014|
|Date items must be sent by:||January 5, 2015|
|Number of swap partners:||2|
You will send at least 2 postage stamp bags to each of 2 partners. Please make sure no more than 1 of the bags will be due to be sent home to the originator after your partner receives it. To be clear: you will need FOUR bags all together---two for one partner and two for the other.
IF you are new to this swap series, you must have 30 completed type 2 or 3 swaps to participate. This is to cut down on the amount of confused new swappers in the swap as we've been having some problems. If you have done this swap with me before then you are fine to sign up, even if you've not met the 30 swap requirement.
Most postage stamp bags start out with 5 stamps, take 3, add 5, fifth person sends it home. Sometime a reward is offered to the swapper who sends it home to the originator. It's fine if your stamp bag rules are a little different---please just make sure and indicate them clearly on the bag.
Stamps can be used or new. All the stamps in one bag should be different.
What is a stamp bag? A stamp bag is a small envelope, usually about 4 inches or so, that starts out with a certain number of (usually used) postage stamps inside. On the outside of the envelope, you write "return home to" and then leave your address. You also write how many stamps a person should take out to keep and how many she should put back in. Finally, you write out the numbers 1-5 (or whatever) and leave space for people to write their names next to the numbers. The person you send it to makes her swaps, signs her name on the outside of the envelope, and mails it off to someone else the next time there is a swap. I usually include about 8 stamps to begin with and write "take 3 add 5". You always have them giving more than they're taking so, by the time you get the bag back, you've got a lot more than you put in. I also offer a reward to the person who sent me back the bag---usually something from their profile. Here's a blog with a photo of stamp bags. If you click on the photo, it will enlarge and you should get a general idea of how to make one. http://www.paperbased.net/blog/snail-mail/postage-stamp-swap-bags/
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