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Freebie Postcards in an Envelope

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Freebie Postcards in an Envelope
Swap Coordinator:craftgasm (contact)
Swap categories: Paper Goods  Challenges  Postcards 
Number of people in swap:15
Type:Type 2: Flat mail
Last day to signup/drop:April 1, 2010
Date items must be sent by:April 12, 2010
Number of swap partners:3

Are you one of those people who enjoy finding the freebie ad postcards stashed in various businesses around town? If you're like me, you have more than one of each kind, and you might be tired of flipping through the same ol' postcards when you're selecting one for a partner. Let's shake things up a bit!

For this swap, you'll send 3 freebie postcards to each of your 3 partners, for a total of 9 postcards sent. You are going to be sending these to your partner in an envelope, with nothing written on them, so that they can add them to their stash and send them in the future. Include a note with your name and the swap name so your partner can give you full credit for your scavenging skills. If there is a fun story behind finding any of the postcards, include that too!

For the purposes of this swap, a free or ad postcard is defined as a flat sheet of cardstock, printed on one side with a picture or an advertisement of some sort, with an almost blank back. By almost blank, I mean it can have the standard trappings of a store-bought postcard (small amount of writing in a corner, or further advertising info), but it should be otherwise blank and ready for a message and an address. In other words, these free ad postcards must have been printed with the intention of people sending them as a postcard. Please do not include pieces of advertising that are fully printed on both sides.

Wondering where to look if your own selection is mostly store-bought? Freebie postcards can often be found in libraries, tourist info stands, and other civic establishments, in retail shops on the counter or near the door, tacked onto bulletin boards of coffee shops, in your junk mail from non-profit organizations as a guilt-trip to induce you into sending them a check, or, for those of us who are really lucky, in specially marked shelves in the entrances or bathrooms of urban nightlife locales.

The 3 postcards sent will be sender's choice, as there can be some limited availability when getting something for nothing, but please check your partner's profile to make sure you are not sending anything that would offend or be distasteful to them.

::Swap Requirements::

Participants must have a 4.6 to join and have been rated for at least 5 mail swaps.

Please have a well-filled out profile, as it's frustrating to get a partner and not have any idea of what they're like or what they'd enjoy receiving.

No 1 ratings in the last 6 months.

If you are just on the cusp of these requirements or have extenuating circumstances, please contact me to explain and we'll see if we can work something out. I will check all profiles before assigning partners, so please don't waste my time or yours by signing up if you don't meet the requirements and haven't contacted me.

Because you should be able to fit the swap in a standard first-class envelope, I am making this swap international since postage won't be too exorbitant. I think it'd be fun to get advertising postcards in all sorts of languages!

Many thanks to @Betsi for hosting the store-bought version that inspired me to make this one!


PDXyogini 03/17/2010 #

I'm going to toss this onto my Watchlist and keep my eyes open for the free cards. I don't have many of these around so I want to be sure I can pick up several before joining.

Dibrittain 03/22/2010 #

I have a huge box full of these and I have them packed with a febreeze scent sheet so let me know if you can not stand scented stuff. Since I can not find free postcards any more around here. Most of the record stores have been closed and bars never carry them now.

craftgasm 03/23/2010 #

@PDXyogini I hope you're able to find some!

@Dibrittain If you took out the sheet and uncovered the box now in anticipation of sending them out in a couple of weeks, the scent shouldn't be too overwhelming. :)

craftgasm 04/ 2/2010 #

Partners have been assigned -- have fun swapping!

yodnapa 07/ 9/2010 #

So sorry to inform to all my 3 partners that I have never got anything from all of you. Just have to wait and don't know why I never get from you all.

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