starting a stamp collection

(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.

colourful stamps from around the globe

collection of stamps on pink background

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, graphilatelymint 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!

graphic united nations stamps

collection of stamps in glassine envelope

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  • Reply Laura 20/02/2017 at 11:30

    Ooh these are every bit as lovely as I thought they were going to be! I’m definitely going to have to start collecting. My matchbox label collection is slowly developing, but it’s just so hard to choose what to buy! Haha. Lovely photographs, too.

    • Reply laura redburn 25/03/2017 at 21:49

      i have definitely added a couple more to the collection since this post…

  • Reply Kerry Dawn Illustration 21/02/2017 at 14:46

    Love this post Laura! I used to collect stamps when I was a kid and my Dad recently dug the collection out. It’s quite a decent collection! I’ve been meaning to share some photos. I love how you’ve styled your stamps, the photos are lovely. I’m going to check out the IG accounts you mentioned too :)

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