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Lots of Mail: Cheap and Easy

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Swap Coordinator:PostMuse (contact)
Swap categories: Random Items  Challenges  Miscellaneous 
Number of people in swap:22
Type:Type 2: Flat mail
Last day to signup/drop:June 28, 2011
Date items must be sent by:July 12, 2011
Number of swap partners:5

About four years ago, I host a series of Lots of Mail: Cheap and Easy swaps. They were lots of fun, and always had great participation. I thought I'd give them another try this summer.

We all love getting a lot of mail, so this is an easy, cheap way to exchange lots of mail.

This is an international swap.

Each of your packages should be small and light enough to be sent by regular letter-post, but this is a goal, not a rule. It is important you don't assume your envelope will pass muster with one postage stamp, or that international mail will travel without a customs form. Please check your envelopes with your friendly neighborhood postal employee.

You will be sending one item from the themes below to each of your 5 partners.

Decide upon one item from each of the following categories and send one of those items your each of 5 partners;

  • Something purple
  • Something creative
  • Something silly
  • Something soothing
  • Something seasonal (not holiday)

So, you will send one purple item to one of your partners, one creative item to another of your partners, one silly item to another of your partners, etc. One item to each of your five partners. There's really no way to monitor the exchange so that I know you have sent one item from each theme, but that really shouldn't be necessary, right? Please do not send anything religious or political unless you know your partner would appreciate such items.

The items can be found items, bought items, or things you already own, but should always be something you would like to receive yourself. Remember, keep it light and keep it simple! Examples of good items: a magazine or newspaper article, a cartoon, a blank postcard, a blank notecard, a button or bead, a piece of fancy paper, stickers, stamps, ribbon or fabric, temporary tattoos, a bookmark, a charm, a quote or joke (something non-offensive, of course), a photo, an Artist Trading Card (ATC) ... there are lots of possibilities!

Please make sure you include a note about what category the item falls into. Food items can be subject to customs regulations, so please make sure you don't send prohibited food (like tea to Australia).

When it comes time to rate, remember that this is low-expectation swap. Your partner is under no obligation to choose something that suits your profile. As long as you receive something that isn’t garbage with a note about what category it belongs to, your partner gets a 5. And please keep in mind that this is an international swap, so some things will take a longer time to arrive. Let's give each other a break and at least try the messaging system before giving out "1" ratings.

New swappers are welcome, but please read Swap-Bot’s FAQs and make sure you have a completed profile before joining.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


PostMuse 06/ 5/2011 #

I do check the comment section often, so if you leave a question, I'll see it.

mpontalba 06/24/2011 #

Thanks so much for reviving this swap! It was one of my favorites and I"m looking forward to it!

PostMuse 06/24/2011 #

I'm looking forward to it, too :-)

Stegotastic 06/27/2011 #

This is going to be fun and I'm stoked to be a part of it- but I'm a little stumped as to a soothing item. Anyone have any helpful hints or suggestions?

Saucyknits 06/28/2011 #

@ Stegotastic Re: soothing....lip balm, tea, lotion...

TerryF 06/30/2011 #

Mailed 3 today. Two more to go.

bittent 07/ 1/2011 #

Can you give some examples for the "something seasonal" category?

jaz1yn 07/ 2/2011 #

@bittent - Some examples: autumn leaves scrapbooking embellishments since leaves only change colors in the fall, a postcard showing a snowy scene, a picture you took of daffodils which bloom in the spring, an ATC with a beach or outdoor pool theme.

TerryF 07/ 2/2011 #

I thought by "seasonal" the host means "of the current season", which would be summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere. I will ask her to come and clarify.

PostMuse 07/ 2/2011 #

Thank you for messaging me Terry! Seasonal can be any season ... I was actually thinking of sending winter 'cause I'm not much of a fan of summer, which is the season I'm in here in the northern hemisphere. And then there are the tropical seasons which typically have just wet and dry seasons ... not the four seasons we are used to where I live. In India there are six seasons. I typically leave these themes very open to interpretation because it serves as a writing prompt for the note that goes with the item sent. Hope that helps!

TerryF 07/ 2/2011 #

Thx dear!

earthnk 07/ 3/2011 #

This is so much fun. I've got 3 completed with two more to go. Please jiggle me if you do more swaps like this one :-)

savannahjan 07/ 8/2011 #

I'm two away from getting one from each category.... :D

PostMuse 07/ 8/2011 #

Just got "seasonal" from @earthnk ... fantastic hot 'n humid camels :-)

mle 07/ 9/2011 #

I got a book with a silly title from chickleducks. Thanks!

charophyta 07/ 9/2011 #

Oooh, I just got something silly! Love it!

charophyta 07/ 9/2011 #

(Oh and it was a sheet of some crazy silly stickers from mpontalba In a really cool handmade envie too!)

earthnk 07/10/2011 #

I got 2 handmade matchbook notepads (seasonal) from savannahjan. thank you!

PostMuse 07/11/2011 #

Cute, and very silly socks from @bittent Thank you :-)

earthnk 07/11/2011 #

this just in-happy envie(Purple YEA!!!) loves that color. Thank you stegotastic for the used purple stamps, ribbon piece & puffy birdie stickers.

charophyta 07/15/2011 #

Oh wow! Got something PURPLE from Bluebelle! Like... gosh... she sent me a lot of stuff actually XD plus a really nice note!

PostMuse 07/15/2011 #

Fun, fun mail with lots of themes represented, including a hysterically silly captioned slinky photo, from @graceface and a lovely soothing envelope from @julinha16 that includes a lovely ginger green tea. Thank you!

jaz1yn 07/19/2011 #

So far I've received two creative things (ATC print postcard and a knitted bookmark) and two silly things (two silly postcards and a silly drawing).

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