5 Helpful Tips for Using Vintage Postage Stamps // How To's
Vintage stamps can be tricky to figure out… You may be asking yourself questions like: How many should I use? Where can I find them? What’s the best way to apply them? How can I make it look cohesive with my wedding invitations?
As a stationery designer, I’ve worked with vintage postage a lot, so I wanted to share my top 5 helpful tips with you! Hopefully these will answer any questions you may have regarding vintage postage (and if not, feel free to comment your question below and I’ll be sure to help you out!).
Do your research.
Know how much postage you have to put on your mail before you send it (and before you curate a collection of stamps that doesn’t add up to the right amount!).
It would be disappointing to curate a beautiful collection of matching postage worth $0.70 and add them to your envelopes, just to realize you need another $0.35 more to be able to mail it out.
FAQ: How much do my stamps have to add up to?
This question is a bit tricky, it depends on how much your letter weighs, what country you’re in, and the size of your letter. But in Canada, for regular mail up to 30 g, your letter needs to have $0.90 worth of postage (for multiple/vintage stamps).
Choose a theme.
Whether you are selecting your stamps based on colour, style, or a specific theme (I’ve done an under the sea collection before which was so much fun to curate!), choose something that makes sense to you, and that goes with your wedding theme - if that’s what you’re using the stamps for of course!
FAQ: How do I even start choosing which stamps I should use?
If you love vintage postage, but don’t want to go through all the hassle of research and selection, hire a stationery designer! They can help you with everything from your invitations, to your envelope addressing, to your postage, to your day-of goods! From start to finish you can trust your designer to help you make a cohesive and beautiful invitation collection that’s right for you!
Plan it out.
Before you just start slapping those stamps on all your envelopes, plan out where you want each stamp to go. Additionally, consider where on the envelope you’ll be having your guest addresses, how large a space you need to leave, and if you’re having your return addresses on the front, or on the back flap.
FAQ: What’s the best way to plan out the stamps I need for my envelopes? How do I make sure it fits nicely?
There are two ways of doing this. First, ask your stationery designer (or even some stamp shops will do it for you!) to create a mockup for you of what the stamps will look like all together! The other option is when you receive your stamps, plan them out on the envelope before you actually wet them and place them! Try different layouts until you find the one you like best!
You don’t have to lick n’ stick.
Trust me. You don’t have to put yourself through that. Instead, get a slightly damp sponge and lightly press the adhesive side of your stamp into the sponge to absorb some of the moisture, and then apply! Way easier on the tongue haha.
FAQ: What if I don’t have a sponge?
Damp paper towels also work well!
(& Know Which Shops to Shop Around In!)
There are a lot of places to find vintage postage, but they aren’t always the easiest to find! Beyond that, a lot of shops still sell “ previously used” postage which cannot be used again in the postage system, and others that sell knock-offs!
FAQ: Where is the best place for me to buy vintage postage stamps from?
So glad you asked! I have put together a list of my very favourite shops - my go-to’s as it were - for beautiful vintage postage. They are all trusted retailers, and ones which I have worked with personally!
If you want to talk more with me about vintage postage or wedding stationery for your own wedding, send me an email or fill out this inquiry form! I’d love to chat more with you!
Okay so here we go! Below is a list of my favourite vintage postage shops out there! I’ve got some favourites in both Canada and US (much to my dismay, you can not use US stamps in Canada). While we don’t have as much variety, Canada still has some really pretty stamps too!! Feel free to click the links below and look through some of my favourite postage shops out there!
My Go-To’s for Vintage Postage Stamps:
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