Date Joined: November 17, 2008
Last Online: May 19, 2013
Birthday: January 8
Country: New Zealand
I am Stephanie, from New Zealand, married with 2 children (13 year old girl & 10 year old boy). I love to travel and have been to 28 countries so far.
I use to swap postage stamps with penpals for about 30 years. Then I joined some Yahoo swapping groups a few years ago, and now love swapping all sorts of things.
I am happy to do private swaps, especially for unwritten Map postcards, postage stamps, foreign coins. Or if you are looking for a particular souvenir from New Zealand let me know.
I always send my swaps by Airmail. Most mail from New Zealand takes 7 to 14 days to reach most International countries. However some places take longer particularly South America, and Eastern Europe often take 4 weeks. If you have not received your swap within 6 weeks of my sent date PLEASE send me a message and let me know. We no longer have mail collection on the weekend, so if I send a swap on the weekend it wont physically go anywhere until Monday. I always rate my partners, if you have not had a rating for your swap then I did not receive it.
Collecting new & used modern postage stamps in good condition, I prefer stamps from North America, Western Europe/ Scandinavia, South Pacific regions and British Commonwealth countries. Don't send NZ, Australia or British stamps, unless they are higher value ones or 2010 issues, as I have most of them already.
collecting Foreign coins and bank notes.
USA state quarters, USA territories and National Park quarters.
Postcards (see section below)
Scenic calendars with tourist views.
Elongated Pressed pennies (coins) from cities/tourist sites in your area. Not cafes or shops. I like to have complete sets from one machine if possible.
Souvenir tote bags.
Recent (less than 2 years old) Cross stitch magazines from USA and UK. Cross Stitch Kits of scenery, flowers, cute cartoon characters.
I love stationery such as, decorated writing pads/sets with matching envelopes, post-it note pads, decorated computer sheets/A4 sheets, note cards with envelopes. Favourite themes; Snoopy/Peanuts items, Forever Friends Bear, Nici, Tatty Teddy, Disney (Pooh, Piglet, Tinkerbell, Mickey Mouse), Tweety Bird, Diddl/Diddlina, Sanrio (Hello Kitty, Charming Kitty), Pucca, Blue Bear, Suzy Zoo, Marjolein Bastin, Anne Geddes, Mary Engelbreit, Hallmark, any cute teddy items, penguins & puffins, kittens, nice floral items, and abstract patterns.
Deco tapes. Fun novelty pens or souvenir pens, metallic colour gel pens (NOT gold or silver).
Small china souvenir plates, miniature animal ornaments representative of your country.
Souvenir T shirts (size XL, dark colours only),
Chocolate & candy
Black tea, flavoured black tea, coffee.
Dangly earrings in an art deco or antique style, lampwork glass bead, earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
souvenir map fridge magnets, quality souvenir keychains (not plastic)
Favourite colours; blue, purple, black.
Prefer UNWRITTEN POSTCARDS sent inside an envelope. I prefer the 4 x 6 inch card size.
My most favourite postcards are of Maps, any map cards of countries, states, regions, cities, subway/metro
Other postcard themes I like are aerial city/town view, famous tourist sites, UNESCO sites. Snoopy, Hello Kitty, Moomin, cute cartoon characters. Kittens, penguins and puffins (not other animals) Teapots, tea or coffee theme, cup cakes
I prefer single views (not multiviews except maps) if possible.
Don't send homemade postcards or advert/free postcards or Zazzle cards. I don't like vintage cards (unless a swap says vintage then don't send them.)
These are some items that I would love to receive, because I cannot buy them in New Zealand.
Mary Engelbreit Stationery
Snoopy & Woodstock items
Bigelow, Stash & Nordqvist tea bags (any flavoured black teas, except blackcurrant)
Pressed penny album/book to store the pennies in
Poor quality junky items. old stamps, prefer modern, less than 10 years old.
Stationery with pictures of Horses, Dolphins or Dogs (except cartoon ones like Snoopy). Folded sheets of writing paper. Disney Prinesses. Crux stationery, or stationery with lots of Asian writing on it.
pencils and erasers (I don't use them anymore)
silver coloured earrings, plastic jewellery,
vintage postcards and small postcards 3.5 x 5.5 inch.
religious items, except christmas.
Don't like Herbal fruit tea, blackcurrent flavour tea, or green tea. De-cafe.
Dislike Yellow, Pink & Orange clothes and jewellery.
Please use a Customs Declaration Label when sending parcels or food/drink items to New Zealand. Our Biosecurity people often check mail.
NEVER send any seeds, raw nuts, dried flowers, honey & bee products, meat products. These items will be confiscated.
If you have any queries about what to send, please ask me.
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