Sunday, April 10, 2011

My new(ish) return address stamp

Return address stamp 1

In my recent post about my new mail organizer, I foreshadowed this post by noting I had another new year's gift to myself to blog about. So here we go: my new return address stamp!

Return address stamp 3

I got it online from Paperwink, and they were just delightful in the whole process. This particular design is called antique. I've oft admired their handiwork, sometimes on the envelopes of pen pals, and I'm really glad I pulled the trigger and got this one.

In the photo above, you can see how nice and thick the spongy backing/mounting is. It's really springy, and I love the feel of it when I use it. The handle fits both the stamp and my hand nicely, and it seems to be very well-made.

Return address stamp 4

For reasons I can't quite explain, I've always been superstitious about getting a return address stamp -- thinking I'll just move as soon as I get one -- and it's a little ironic, because right after this arrived, we went through a 2-month period thinking we were in fact likely to move to another state. But we're not. We're staying here for a while, so I'm glad I got it. I purposely didn't put my name on it, just my address. These photos aren't the best, and it CAN give a better impression than this - the envelope here is textured - but I sort of like it when it fades out, too.

Return address stamp 2

I got one of the smaller designs so it could be stamped even on large postcards. I use this puppy almost daily, and it almost always gives a lovely impression.


  1. Oh, look what you've done. Now I had to go and get one too. I ordered the one that called itself 'Wildflowers', but had a bit of an Edward Gorey look to it. Thanks for the tip.

  2. I loved it on the card you sent me but was first confused because I *saw* the card in your favorites on etsy. ;-) I love it.

    I buy return address stamps all the time. I can't help it. My dad gave me my first one when I was in 3rd grade and that set it in motion.

    I know I will move someday but since I use both my home and mail box then I should be able to have twice as many!

  3. Oh pretty stamp :)
    I still have address stickers from when I moved to my current address (almost 10 years ago) good thing I decided to start up penpalling again ;)

  4. This is so lovely! You used it on my postcard, I remember. I want a return address stamp, too. Probably quite small one to use on postcards. But I usually write a lot and use big poststamps so maybe there won't be no room left. It would be perfect to be stamped on envelopes, though.

  5. Damn you. Now I ordered two from them (not the same one).

  6. OoooooOOOo lovely -- thanks for sharing the site. I am going to order a stamp too.

  7. Catwrangler - what goes around, comes around! It was your gleeful use of many different return address stamps that finally convinced me to get my own. :-)

  8. It's gorgeous! I love the level of detail.

  9. Oh! Oh! Oh! I love their designs. I so wish the stationery was a bit larger because I'd buy it for Orphaned Postcard Project, but it is too small to use with the typical 4x6 postcard orphans I send out. But ... the return address stamps ... very cool. I. Must. Have.