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Thursday, September 05, 2013

Return-address stamps

You know those little inventions that make life so much easier? Salad spinners. Lemon squeezers. Google maps. Dry shampoo. Pacifiers...Well, I have to say, I ordered a return-address stamp a while back and it's one of those little things that I love using every single time. This sounds dorky, but it gives me a thrill to just stamp our address on letters on be on my way. And it makes our rent check look so fancy!

P.S. United States stamps, and return-address embossers.

57 comments:

Jesse said...

we need to invest in one of these. if only to save the mailman from my serial killer handwriting and quick!

auste said...

I've been wanting an address stamp for a while now, but can't figure out how to address the last name issue... I've kept my maiden name, so do I put both last names on the stamp? I was thinking we could keep it more casual and just put our first names... How did you resolve the last name issue on your stamp - since I think I remember reading a while back that you've maintained your maiden name as well?

Dana said...

love this! such a great idea. I think I need one of those, since I'm still a huge fan of snail mail...

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Bri Towne said...

ah! perfect for our upcoming move!

Robyn said...

If I knew I was honing to live in the same place for more than two years, I would totally buy one of these- they are lovely!

Laura Villarreal said...

Just bought one! :)

HollisJ said...

We buy these as gifts for friends when they buy a house! My favorite shop is ForYoo and NoteTrunk. They're not very expensive, and there are so many great designs to choose from! You can go practical with the self inking variety, or classic with the wood handle and ink pad. I get a thrill every time I use mine, too!

Jessica Sliman said...

My friend has a shop that sells these called A Touch of Love on Etsy and I think she has them on sale right now! These are super cute :) http://www.etsy.com/shop/atouchoflove

Sheila S said...

My real estate agent gave me one of the self-inking versions when I moved into my home. Such a useful gift!

Melissa Blake said...

What a fun idea!! It'd also be fun to customize it with a little sketch of your house.

Jess & Bryan said...

i totally second auste's comment! what name goes on it? i kept my maiden name and now we have a daughter so it can't just be our first names? guess i could just get the address with no name?

Grace Beekman said...

Well isn't this just genius. So cool.

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chocolateprn said...

i get them for people when they get engaged. they are super helpful for save the dates, wedding invites and ESPECIALLY thank you cards. i have found the wood handle ones look cute, but the self inking ones are way less mess and you get a better stamp with them.

chocolateprn said...

same thing with me and my husband - we did our e&r and then the address.

Unknown said...

We just got this one with both of our first & last names: www.etsy.com/listing/106369610/

We love it!

Liz - oneawkwardyear said...

My boyfriend and I just moved in together and a friend gave us a return address stamp as a housewarming - I LOVE it! I thought it was so sweet and thoughtful and now I want to write more handwritten notes! (Or get engaged so we can write some thank-you notes but that's a WHOLE nother story, hah!)

Liz - oneawkwardyear said...

Hi! I just got one as a gift to celebrate my boyfriend and I moving in together - clearly different last names. It just says Liz & Brian and our address. It's cute! Definitely not super formal, but neither are we, and I think it works for mailing things to friends and family who know who it's coming from.

jm said...

That would be such a sweet wedding present!

asiajane said...

OMG-- bizarre! I was JUST looking for something like this, literally seconds ago, and was thinking to myself: "I wish someone would just SHOW me where the cool ones are!" Decided to take a break to look at your blog, and behold. Cool address stamps ;)

jennifer schmittlin said...

This looks really cute but I haven't posted a letter for about 10 years...

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Becca said...

Love this idea... when we stop moving and changing our address every couple years!

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Sidney said...

Looks so cool! Definitely ordering one of these :)
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clotilde said...

I'm with you 100%! I ordered mine a few years ago from this Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lettergirl and every time I send a letter out I smile with pride. :)

Michelle Panting said...

These are super cute. I too would take nerd-ish delight in using this every time I had to post something.

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~ Faith said...

I kept my maiden name too, but both my kids have my husband's last name... so to resolve the issue we've got a "pet family name" that we use in correspondence. My last name is Logan, his is Bekker... combined we came up with 'Lekker' (which also happens to be the Afrikaans word for "good" or "delicious" or "awesome") and since his family is South African, they all find it rather cute.

From, the Lekker Family

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LilyBart said...

I'm always on the look out for these 'every house needs one' items for christmas gifts.

A few years ago, the 'address stamp' was the choice. Almost everyone LOVED them. Except my brother and his wife...nobody bothered to tell me their house had just been foreclosed. I guess my mother wanted to save them embarrassment at the holidays. (How could I NOT know? Well, they live in a differnt state and he's much older - so we're not super close - sorry). I was horrified.

Its still a great gift (for people with an address!)

Jess & Bryan said...

oh man i love that idea! that is adorable and i'll have to give this some thought ;)

c & b said...

Initials.

newmamasarah said...

Pacifiers! Speaking of pacifiers... my two month old takes one now (my first never did.. I was anti....) but back then I had all the free arms to hold my first born as much as he needed. With my second, let's face it, I need anything to make life easier!!! We love our pacifier.

Ladies in Navy said...

i've been thinking about one for ages!
kw ladies in navy

infusionfibers said...

I have a self-inking ampersandity address stamp, and it really does make sending letters and bills so much more fun - dorky-sounding or not! :) She does beautiful work.

Little Hiccups said...

I love my address stamps. We've moved a few times in the last few years so I'm getting a collection of them! My first few stamps were bold with a rock'n'roll style but I decided to go for a simple type writer style for my latest. It totally looks like I typed out my address on an old typewriter!
You can see them both here:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/158367432/custom-return-address-rubber-stamp?ref=shop_home_active
http://www.etsy.com/listing/81671740/custom-rubber-address-stamp-wood-handle?ref=shop_home_active

I like to give address stamps as wedding and housewarming gifts too. Everyone I have given them to has loved them ;)

(BAD) Blog About Design said...

Haha! I think I'm going to get back to writing cards, these are super fun!

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auste said...

Oh Faith! We have a "pet family name" that I only really ever use as a joke... but i LOVE the idea of putting it as our last name on the stamp. So great!

Kaili Clark said...

I love address stamps I just think that they are so cute. It's too bad I move so often otherwise i would totally invest in one. I love writing letters and I would love to keep the envelopes too. Things like this just make me happy.

www.impeccablykaili.blogspot.com

Klara D said...

hahaha i read this post yesterday and now i remembered that i had a dream about this stamps last night :D i saw them in a store and was thrilled and said to my friend: "That was on cup of jo yesterday! I can't believe we also have that here in Croatia" :)

youngmildandfree said...

I love these! I've been wanting to have one made for a while now. Thank you for the inspiration!

xx
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cheeky said...

i just ordered one from notetrunk on etsy and i love it! i even ordered a gift card for my friend's birthday so she can choose her own.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/NoteTrunk

Michelle Lee said...

such great idea

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Mary said...

I'm going off topic, but since you brought it up...what kind of dry shampoo do you use? My favorite is Sashajuan but it's too pricey. I'm looking for a good drug store brand.

Mary said...

I'm going off topic, but since you brought it up...what kind of dry shampoo do you use? My favorite is Sashajuan but it's too pricey. I'm looking for a good drug store brand.

Laura D said...

I love these! Too bad I'll be moving around, or I'd definitely get one.

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Keundra Anderson said...

I make these! I actually hand draw mine. www.christasstamps.etsy.com

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Amust Need said...

that's brilliant stamps Collections.Design Your Own Stamp so good.

Alena Mauer said...

When I was sending out invites for my wedding these stamps saved my life. I also used them for the thanks yous. It made the whole process much easier.

Alena | http://www.completerubberstamps.com/return-address-stamps/

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