If I were smart I would separate these posts into two and have more postings for the blog.
Clearly, I am not smart. I’m publishing both of these together because they support each other. I’m all about support on this blog.
1. Effective yesterday were a few changes to USPS postage.
Nobody likes a postage increase. I mean I still can remember when they were $.25 and dinosaurs on them. Now, at the age of 31, the stamps have increased $.20! The nerve. Mail should continue to be sent inexpensively. I hope you all know that I am being sarcastic here. Just as with everything else, we should be expected to pay more to mail letters and packages. It just makes sense. And I mean honestly, the postal service does WORK. I’ve complained plenty of times about service at the post office, but you know, they are on their feet every day, making my letters zoom across the country or the world for the sake of communication. For that alone, I’d pay them anything they’d ask.
Courtesy of stamps.com, here are the important bits for the average mail sender:
- First Class Letters (1 oz.) will increase by one cent to $0.45 from $0.44. Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.20 (no change)
- First Class Flats (1 oz.) will increase by two cents to $0.90 from $0.88. Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.20 (no change)
- Postcard rates will increase by three cents to $0.32 from $0.29
- Priority Mail retail rates will increase by an average of 3.2% and will start at $5.20 (previously at $5.10)
- Express Mail retail rates will increase by an average of 4.4% and will start at $12.95 (previously at $12.85)
- Parcel Post rates will start at $5.20 (previously at $5.10)
- Media Mail rates will start at $2.47 (previously at $2.41)
- New Product! Priority Mail Regional Rate Box C is being introduced with a 25 pound maximum weight limit. Prices start at $14.44
- New Product! Express Mail Flat Rate Box is being introduced at $39.95 with a 70 pound maximum weight limit
2. That information above is important if you choose to participate in any Valentine’s Day card swaps or exchanges. Last week, I posted about the Valentine’s Day Card Exchange by Easton Place Designs. Today, I’m sharing a wonderful little gem of a collection by Etsy called Share Your Love 2012. Partnering with Citymeals on Wheels to deliver love with food delivered.
If you do participate, there are rules:
- The deadline is Tuesday, February 7, 2011. This is important!
- No glitter! This creates food safety issues.
- Please make your cards cheerful by using bright colors. You can decorate cards using paint, crayons, markers, pastels, collage or anything else you can think of.
- Please avoid dark backgrounds and religious symbols.
- Please write clearly in large print and avoid using the abbreviation “V-day.” Please say “Valentine’s Day.”
- You should not give out your address or suggest that the recipients write back to you. Initiating an ongoing correspondence is not appropriate.
- Please make sure that the cards are appropriate for the intended audience. That is to say, pretend it’s for your sweet sweet grandma.
Please mail your handmade or vintage cards to:
Attn: Katie Rose Crosswhite
55 Washington St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
I highly recommend that you read Katie’s email on the Etsy Blog for the full details.
I think the general point of this post was to promote spreading love through the mail. So go, and do. Your mail man will thank you, as will your loved ones and the elderly you help by sending a note of love to brighten up their day.
Happy Valentine’s Day crafting! Happy Mailing!