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PBS: Single Stamp Surprise Swap (USA)

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PBS: Single Stamp Surprise Swap (USA)
Swap Coordinator:phillaine (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges  Miscellaneous 
Number of people in swap:13
Location:Regional - United States
Type:Type 2: Flat mail
Rating requirement:4.98
Last day to signup/drop:June 1, 2015
Date items must be sent by:June 10, 2015
Number of swap partners:3

The purpose of this swap is to make someone's day a little brighter, without needing to spend a great deal of money-- just the cost of a single postage first-class postage stamp.

It's really the thought that counts in this one. I'm hoping that our US members will enjoy this and I plan to continue doing single stamp surprise swaps if I get a positive response!

All group members maintain well-filled-out profiles and meet the requirement of at least a 4.98 rating to join. In the unlikely event that it's necessary, I will angel this swap after you have attempted to contact your partner and honestly rated them a "1" for a no-send.

Here are the rules:

As with all of our swaps:

♥ Read through your partners' complete profiles; don't just latch on to the first idea you see, or you could miss out on something important (loves rainbows but hates cartoons and "kid stuff"?--best to save the carebears for someone who will appreciate them), or an exciting idea that you'll enjoy even more. Please try to send them things related to their interests that will make them smile :)

♥Be certain to check for your partners' dislikes and avoid sending them, so you don't unintentionally spoil what would otherwise be an absolute delight

You will send each of your 3 partners 1 envelope of goodies that only takes 1 stamp to send (USPS guidelines are posted below).

Items can be used, new, or handmade, but should be in like-new condition. Please send something of a quality you would like to receive.

In order to receive a 5, your items should meet the criteria of being related to your partner's profile interests and be thoughtfully put together (only sending a postcard or a quick "hello" note and nothing else does not qualify as being particularly thoughtful). You should be able to send at least a few nice items, no problem. Try to aim for at least 3-5 thoughtful items per partner.

Please rate anyone a 5 as long as they meet these criteria. Hearts are of course at your own discretion.

Some ideas for items that will be under the weight limit and machinable for the USPS single-stamp rate:

ATC blanks
fabric scraps
stamped images
special mailing labels for your partner
swap cards created for your partner
stationery of all kinds
envelope seals
die cuts
designer papers for scrapbooking/crafting
postage stamps
window clings
washi tape samples
journal cards
high-quality images, words, or quotes for collages, journaling, or smashbooks
poems, stories,photos, quotes, or images you think they'd like
a nice letter

This is a fairly quick turn-around swap: please do not sign up if you can't get your envelope ready to send out by the send date.

Here are the USPS criteria for a single stamp:

First-Class letter dimensions:

Rectangular (NOT SQUARE) At least 3-1/2 inches high X 5 inches long X .007 inch thick No more than 6-1/8 inches high X 11-1/2 inches long X 1/4 inch thick

Length is the dimension parallel to the address.

Maximum weight is 1 ounce for a 49 cent (forever) stamp.

Letters that are considered nonmachinable are subject to a surcharge. Square envelopes, envelopes which are very rigid, or envelopes which have buttons or clasps that might catch on machinery are considered nonmachinable.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Have fun swapping! ♥


phillaine 06/11/2015 #

Thanks to everyone for sending out on time. I hope you all enjoyed it and will consider signing up for round two: there will be more time to get your envelopes together this time around. Have fun opening up your happy mail! :)

AndyLea 06/12/2015 #

This has been one of the most fun swaps I've ever participated in! And now that I have a food scale that I can use on mail, I know just exactly what I can fit into an envelope for one stamp!

phillaine 06/13/2015 #

YAY! That is SO great to hear. I use my food scale to get it to 1 oz., too. Also, I cut a 1/4" slot in some cardboard so I can be sure the sealed envelopes are not too thick. :) I really love these little single-stamp swaps, and am very happy to hear that other people are enjoying them, too. I hope more people sign up for round 2 before Monday night!

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