When was the last time you sent someone a handwritten letter? Growing up before the social media era, I used to send people letters all the time. Now I can’t remember the last time I even bought a stamp.
But I’ve been wondering..are handwritten notes really that obsolete? We are undeniably going through a revolution. People are going back to a simpler lifestyle. Recent events have taught us that hustle culture and our immediatism mentality are not only unhealthy, but also bad for the planet as a whole. So we are becoming more conscious. Instead of buying fast fashion, we are turning to local, ethical brands. Instead of eating out, we are cooking more at home. We are fleeing big cities and embracing a slower lifestyle. Despite the internet, we still have many best selling books, people still enjoy reading books! So maybe snail mail is the next one to make a comeback?
It has everything going for it: it’s meaningful and thoughtful – and after this pandemic we have more time on our hands to dedicate to such things, it’s cheap, and most importantly, it’s cute. Postage and stationary are just things that add beauty to life. There are so many beautiful vintage postage stamps that you can choose by theme, holiday, geographic location, and color combinations. From a simple letter to a wedding invitation, you can make every little detail count.
I think it’s time to bring snail mail back, and here are some ways to help you find pretty – stunning – postage to make that happen.
Their carefully curated vintage collection is impeccable. You can create extremely aesthetic pleasing letters starting with your stamps. The outside of your envelope is already a work of art. Mix and match and put together a beautiful creation. Who wouldn’t want to get one of these in the mail?!
They’re also on Etsy.
Speaking of Etsy…
They are a great source. You can search for postage by color, subject, or theme. The possibilities are endless. Some shops I’ve found:
Of course there’s also stationary, a very important element in letter writing. There are so many amazing small shops and illustrators out there doing beautiful work, and I plan on doing a roundup of my favourites soon, but for now I’m just have to mention Rifle Paper Co. They have stunning designs that you can see all over Pinterest and they add so much beauty to any project.
I hope this is enough to get you inspired. Happy snail mailing, my friends!