My mom would carve out time every week to take her pad and jot notes to siblings, friends and grandparents who lived out of town. And I sent fan mail to everyone from Donny & Marie and Dolly Parton to Captain & Tennille and The Village People. I always tried to use the prettiest stamps to get the attention of the people I was writing, and sometimes, I even got a handwritten response.
These relics, mostly the 1960s and 1970s, caught my eye last weekend while on a magical tour of a community-wide garage yard sale around Point Pleasant, New Jersey. The $10 price tag on the box almost caused me to pass them by, but then I started to flip through these little memory makers, reminiscing about a time when my most important mode of communication with the outside world was hinged mostly on an ink pen, a sheet of paper and a postage stamp.
After leafing through images celebrating the states of Alabama and Colorado, the first man on the moon, a variety of Christmases,the women's suffrage movement and more, I realized that none of these stamps had been cancelled. I had at least $10 of usable postage on my hand, making this find worth even more than its asking price.
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,
The Elegant Thrifter