05.18.13 My step-daughter has been in the hospital for 3 days (she was released today). I'm in a mad scramble to get swaps out on time. I HATE waiting until the last minute, but this time it was not an option. :(
As of today (5.15.13) all mail has been open and I have rated everything. If you're missing a rating from me, please contact me ASAP. Thanks!
My name is Rachel and I'm a military wife living out in Phoenix, AZ.
I've been swapping at Swap-Bot for over 5 years now, but I've been swapping & penpalling for as long as I can remember.
I do have Lupus, Fibromyalgia and a few other things but I don't let that stop me!
Although I've been in Phoenix for almost 10 years, I've met most of my friends online. That includes my husband, who I have known for 12 years and been married to for almost 10!
We have 2 cats (Monster and Walter) and one dog (Jack). They are our babies.
Last and certainly not least, I am a Christian. I promise I won't shove it in your face. Please don't stereotype me, I'm VERY open-minded and VERY hard to offend but I won't send Christian anything unless you specifically ask for it and you won't offend me by sending it! :)
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY!!!
I'd rather 2 things totaling $10 than 10 things from the $1 store!
If you haven't received anything from me PLEASE contact me right away and I'll make it right. I've been lucky so far to not have anything lost in the mail and I'd like to keep it that way but I know it happens so rather than instantly rating me a 1 or a 3 just contact me, I WILL answer back and I WILL fix it! :)
If you haven't been rated within a reasonable amount of time just contact me and ask me why. Most likely I haven't received it.
I'm tired of having to pay Postage Due to pick up packages. From now on they will be rejected and you will be rated a 3 or a 1 depending on the resend date
I try and angel all my swaps. Sometimes the swaps are high dollar and I just can't afford to do it so unless the swap specifically says "I can't angel" just assume that I will. On the swaps I won't angel I'm VERY picky about who I let in.
Swap-Bot to me is about meeting new people and having fun so I like to keep it that way!! :D
Kawaii (See Kawaii section)
Stickers (please read dislikes)
Postcards - naked or in an envelope (See Postcard section)
Pens and fun pencils
Trial sized/miniatures of beauty products and makeup
My favorite color is green but I love ALL colors.
Wiccan art (and books and tarot)
All things fantasy (think faeries NOT sci-fi)
Frogs and Owls (especially cute Kawaii ones!)
Sticker Bags and Slams
If you are running a swap (or in one) that you think I'll love then send me a message! It seems like I always miss the good ones.
If you're going to send Kawaii please read the following. I'm really sorry if this makes me sound picky but I'm so tired of getting garbage that I can't use and wouldn't even re-send to someone else.
~ I live in Phoenix, I have access to all the dollar bin Hello Kitty in the world and I have way too much of it so please don't even bother sending it to me. Most of the girls I swap Kawaii with don't want it either so I can't even re-gift it. It most likely will end up in a box that I send to my young nieces or the trash.
~ I'm really burnt out on Hello Kitty. I've been collecting HK since I was 8 years old so I have enough. If it's just too adorable for words then I'll make exceptions but for the most part you can stop sending it. :)
Characters/Themes that I am very interested in (although most Kawaii is always welcome here!):
ANYTHING Monokuro Boo. That's my current new love. ;)
Alpacas and Llamas and Sheep!
Shinzi Katoh,Here is some more Shinzi Katoh)
Anything with berries on it
Matryoshka dolls. I love them. Especially if they are KAWAII!
Pretty much anything San-X, Kamio, Crux, Sanrio, Q-Lia (and a few more)
While I love Rilakkuma, Fairy Tale World and everything to do with Shamrock and Clovers, I think I own it all so please don't worry about sending more! Thank you!
Things that I don't need/want:
My Little Pony
Folded memos and letter sets
Most handmade Kawaii
Cell phone charms (can't use them)
Dollar bin anything (unless it's a swap specifically for that)
cut out stickers from sheets
dirty, heavily used items
Always welcome: Memos of all sizes, letter sets, pens/pencils, erasures, deco tape, flakes, postcards, and sticker sheets
Slam book and Sticker bag partners. I WILL take homers. If you have a bunch that need 1 more sign or round of stickers feel free to send them this way. I'm more than happy to make sure they make it home safely. :)
I LOVE sticker bags and slams. I love to make them and I love to share them. I don't do FBs, Label Bags or Decos. I'll take them and WILL pass them on but I generally don't participate in them. So feel free to send excess sticker bags and slams, I will most definitely participate and pass those on as well. I prefer HQ or N&N but will take whatever.
If you put a label in any of the bags that I make then I'll make them for you. :)
For the love of all that is good, PLEASE PUT YOUR USER NAME on the card!!! I can't rate if I don't know who you are! :)
I love postcards. I like them naked and written on and addressed to ME (please don't send me postcards in an envelope that have been addressed to other people). I also like new postcards.
I am OVERLOADED on state/touristy postcards. Please don't send them unless it's a swap specifically for state/touristy postcards.
I don't mind zazzle postcards at all, in fact a lot of them are very cute. I do not want ad cards though. Thank you!
Kawaii postcards will get you a heart. Period. So will hand cancelled! :)
After 5 years on swap-bot this list has grown quite long. It never ceases to amaze me what people will mail out. That being said, I don't need or want the following:
I'm 38 years old and I don't have young children. Please do NOT send items intended for children. They will be tossed.
I do not want dollar store garbage because let's face it... 99% of it is just garbage. ;)
I do not want reward, tiny, or any sort of childish stickers (Disney, Barbie, Diddl etc...)
While I collect Kawaii (and Shinzi Katoh now too). I have NO need for cheap dollar bin Kawaii items. I live in a large city, I can get this myself. I appreciate the thought but when I'm in a Kawaii swap I am not sending this stuff out and I would rather it just be left out of my box.
NO Tokidoki or "real animals/children/people" . No Diddl, My Little Pony, Disney.
I.HATE.CLOWNS!!! They terrify me, I can handle almost anything but please do NOT send me a clown. Thanks!
Please don't send perfumes/lotions/makeup/beauty products unless they are samples. I'm pretty picky about what I use
NO more touristy postcards. I have way too many and I just give them away. IF it's a naked postcard then that is ok. Map Cards are also ok.
Please no handmade items unless you have worked out a private swap with me. I have no need for this stuff.
I follow a strict Paelo diet so please NO coffee/tea/candy/.. pretty much don't send food. :(
I'm trading the following for Walmart or Target gift cards or an Etsy favorites shop of equal value. Everything is free shipping. NO shipping charges are added to the amounts shown. :)
A. 120 (personalized for you) return address labels, 45 (personalized for you) Swap-bot cards. (This is PERFECT for your swap-bot fun!) $15 - and I have unlimited of these
Flakers and Angels - You'll need a Google account to see this spreadsheet.
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