Date Joined: November 17, 2008
Last Online: June 21, 2018
Birthday: January 8
Country: New Zealand
I am Stephanie, from New Zealand, married with 2 teenage children. I love to travel and have been to 29 countries so far. I have always been collecting various items. Right now my main interests are elongated pressed pennies and Map Postcards.
I am happy to do private swaps, especially for unwritten Map postcards, foreign coins & USA state/National park quarters, or elongated pressed pennies. 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 8 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.
Elongated Pressed pennies (coins) from cities/tourist sites in your area. I like to have complete sets from one machine if possible. (Don't send me any pennies from Universal Studios or Disneyland/California Adventure in Los Angeles. I got all of them when I went there in 2013)
Collecting new & used modern postage stamps in good condition, I prefer stamps from North America, Western Europe/ Scandinavia, South Pacific regions and Caribbean countries. Don't send NZ, Australia or British stamps, unless they are higher value ones or 2010 issues or newer, as I have most of them already.
collecting Foreign coins and bank notes.
USA state quarters, USA territories and National Park quarters. Still need AL (P),FL (P), IA (P), IL (P), ME (D), MI (P), MS (D),MO (D), NM (P), SD (P),TX (P),UT (P),
Postcards (see section below)
Scenic calendars with tourist views.
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 & Washi 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. Anything miniature like Lego Minifigures.
Souvenir T shirts (size L, dark colours only),
Chocolate & candy
Black tea, flavoured black tea, coffee. I always add milk to my tea, therefore don't drink green tea, rooboos, white teas. Sometimes I drink peppermint but no other herbal teas. My Favourite black tea flavours so far are peach, almond, blueberry, strawberry, caramel, lemon, raspberry, mint, rose, lavender.
Dangly earrings in an art deco or antique style, lampwork glass bead, earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
souvenir fridge magnets, with a map on them.
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, map cards of countries, states, regions, cities, subway/metro. I like maps cards that have town/village names written on them. Don't really like those state outlines with only pictures on them. Don't like antique maps that have been reproduced on postcards either.
Other postcard themes I like are aerial city/town view, famous tourist sites, UNESCO sites. Route 66 and "Did You Know"
Snoopy, Hello Kitty, Moomin, cute cartoon characters, teddy bears. Kittens, penguins and puffins (not other animals)
Teapots, tea or coffee theme, cup cakes, flowers
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, Ahmad, Basilur & Nordqvist tea bags (any flavoured black teas)
USA National Park quarters
Elongated pressed pennies/coins, always want more for my collection.
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,
bookmarks. (unless it is required in a swap)
vintage postcards and small postcards 3.5 x 5.5 inch.
religious items, except christmas.
ATC's and small scraps of paper.
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. There are no restrictions on sending tea bags sealed in orginal packaging.
NEVER send any seeds, raw nuts, dried flowers, honey & bee products, meat products. These items will be confiscated.
Please put some tape around the sides of paper envelopes. I have received two empty envelopes recently. The envelope has split on the side and the postcards and pennies have fallen out.
If you have any queries about what to send, please ask me.
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