(i wanted to do some witty/punny title there but in my cold addled state that’s pretty hard.)
for almost as long as i can remember i’ve always been interested in stamps, pretty much since i was a child. i don’t remember anyone in my family ‘collecting’ them per se, but i’m pretty sure my dad and/or grandad kept a few here and there. i do distinctly remember and have very fond memories of going to the market in maltings in farnham a few times with my grandparents and slightly obsessing over boxes of postcards and stamps (amongst other things).
i just love that you can have these mini artpieces and bits of history, from the UK or all over the globe, in your home. you can store them specially or just keep them in a box. stamp collections are so accessible and easy to start too because you can just take a look on ebay, etsy (shops like artstamped are great), in charity shops, secondhand stores, markets – you name it. or you could even start collecting new ones that you can go to a post office and buy.
i’ve gathered together a few of my favourites here in this post, some new, some i’ve had for a few years. it was never a real intention to specifically start a collection but over the years they’ve accumulated and it’s just …happened. to be incredibly corny, maybe it was just meant to be.
i follow a few stamp orientated instagram accounts too, if you want a couple to get you started i highly recommend matchbloc, graphilately, mint never hinged and eva moon press (stamps as well as general ephemera).
do you collect anything? something obscure or unexpected? or something more ordinary? let me know!