Addicted to Postcrossing!
February 24, 2011
Hi, my name is Mariah, and I am addicted to sending and receiving postcards.
I wasn’t always obsessed. I used to think postcards were something you bought on vacation and sent to friends and family. What would I need with them in my daily life?
And then, I found the amazingly fun, free service Postcrossing.com. Queue my addiction!
Postcrossing.com is a postcard exchange website connecting postcard fans all over the world! In the time I’ve been a member (2 years in March), I have sent 500 cards to 64 different countries and received that many back.
Think you might be interested in becoming addicted to postcards too? The process is simple!
- Sign up for your free account on Postcrossing.com and create a profile. Make sure to introduce yourself and list your card preferences. (For instance on my profile I explain that I’m a substitute library clerk with an interest in urban decay cards, patent medicines and anime. If you think that’s bizarre, you should know I’ve received multiple cards on all those subjects!)
- Draw a postcard profile from a random stranger somewhere in the world, read about their interests, and address a card to them! Make sure you include the unique ID number Postcrossing issues, and of course, a nice message.
- Mail your card! (Remember your postage – 28 cents to postcards in the USA, 98 cents international!)
- Once your fellow Postcrosser receives your card, they will log onto the site, register the ID number, and VOILA! Now YOUR profile is in the queue to be drawn by a random stranger.
- Sit back and wait for your postcard in the mail!
- Repeat as often as you’d like! (I bet once you start, you won’t be able to stop!)
The cards you receive may be beautiful, funny, strange, colorful, exciting or weird, but all of them are interesting and unique. In the past, I’ve received cards made out of fabric, wood, and one with seeds for growing your own mini garden… in the card!
The best part of Postcrossing.com is letting your personality shine through in your new hobby. It would be downright shameful not to send library cards, and that’s why I’m always armed with illustration cards from the book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, vintage B&W library photos, and my prized Penguin Paperback Classics postcard set.