Postcrossing – global postcard exchange for fun!

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Who doesn’t love getting something special in the mailbox? If you are looking for a quick pick-me-up kind of hobby, have I got an idea for you!

I joined a site called www.postcrossing.com a couple of years ago, and now I have hundreds of postcards from all over the globe.

I’ve gotten cards from Argentina, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Korea, Lithuania, Mozambique, Peru, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine...and that’s just off the top of my head!

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The motto of Postcrossing is:

 

“Send a postcard and receive a postcard from a random person in the world!”

 

The Postcrossing Project

People (like you and me!) can send and receive postcards from all over the world, for free (except for the cost of the stamps). When you send out a postcard, you will get one from a random Postcrosser from somewhere, anywhere.

You can choose to include the U.S.A., but you don’t have to if you prefer to just receive postcards from other countries.

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Sounds good, but how does it work?

After joining the site (it’s free!), you request to send a postcard. The website will display (and send you an email) with the address of another member and a Postcard ID –  then you mail a postcard to that member, with the Postcard ID prominently clearly written on it so they can register that they received it.

When the other Postcrosser member receives your card, they then register it using the Postcard ID you wrote on their postcard. When your first recipient registers your card –you then get a postcard from another user.

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You are next in line for the next person across the globe who requests to send a postcard!

How many cards you can send and receive goes up incrementally. If you want to send a lot, you can get a lot – it’s really up to you.

Give it a try!

I urge you to at least try this for a bit – you can send as many or as few as you like. Some people just do a few a year – I’ve gotten up to where I send and receive about 10 – 12 a month.

My mailbox is quite happy – and our postal carrier has commented on how lucky I am! I told her I wasn’t lucky, and explained about the website. She seemed interested, so maybe I’ve already recruited one other Postcrosser.

There’s nothing in it for me to refer other people – I just love to tell others when I find something new and fun to do and/or experience.

So head on over to www.postcrossing.com and check it out.

Happy Postcrossing!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. karmaparker
    Feb 26, 2015 @ 14:55:02

    This is so cool! I just signed up!!

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  2. Anne
    Feb 26, 2015 @ 15:50:58

    Awesome! You’re going to love it, I guarantee you. 🙂

    Reply

  3. devalayer
    Mar 02, 2015 @ 05:31:05

    Happy to see you are enjoying postcrossing – I tried it out for a while but it just isn’t for me, I prefer letters to postcards and prefer to get to know one partner. Even so, It’s great to see your lovely mail pile! 😀

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    • Anne
      Mar 02, 2015 @ 10:58:30

      Thanks! I have tons more, that’s all I could fit in one picture, lol. 🙂 I’m also a big fan of pen-palling – it’s such a joyful moment to get a letter from a friend across the nation in the mail. I’ll be writing about that soon, as well! Thanks for commenting. 🙂

      Reply

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