Here you will find some tips for exchanging and swapping postcards, stamps, paper money and other collectibles. Collecting postcards is an interesting and not expensive hobby for people at any age who are curious about the big world they live in.
Of course in the age of Internet you are just few clicks away from almost any place on the planet, but for some people digital photos of distant places viewed on their screens are not enough. They want something more real, more material; an item from far away that really exists. Such as a postcard. A beautiful and colrful viewcard from an exotic place. A piece of paper with an image, stamp and friendly greetings. You can look at it, you can touch it and you know that this postcard had travelled many many miles before you received it.
If this seems interesting for you then you definitely should start collecting postcards!
It is easy and quite cheap. All you have to do is to find people from different countries who would like to exchange postcards with you. You don’t have to seek only for postcard collectors – if you are familiar with online communities such as myspace you will be amazed how easy it is to meet people from all over the world and make new pen pals.
So if you want to receive a postcard from a particular place first of all you have to find someone who lives there. It is easier that it seems. Just join few online services that gather a lot of people from many countries worldwide such as myspace or online dating sites. I would like to recommend two most effective of them:
These services offers free basic membership and both have over 10 million active members worldwide. You can browse them by country, city, age, interestest and many more options. If you join Friend Finder or Friend Search you will be able to find new friends and pen pals from most distant places. And of course you will find people who would like to swap postcards.
When you finally find people from the location you are interested in simply send them a message to set up a postcard swap. There are some general rules for postcard exchange:
- always use air mail
- exchange ratio is 1:1
- don’t ever pay for postcards – this should work as totally free friendly service
Some collectors prefer blank postcards sent in an envelope, others like written and stamped cards. Don’t be afraid to share your postal address with people from different countries, but don’t send it with your first message to avoid potential scams. The good idea is to rent a P.O. Box in your nearest post office, this service is safe and quite cheap.
If you want to exchange postcards with me just drop me an e-mail to adam at postcardexchange . net