20 Aug 2013
Every now and again you just get lucky in life. A few months ago I was reading Amy’s blog, and she posted about finding a huge bag of old stamps at the thrift store. Her kids were having fun putting them in books, and she had all kinds of ideas of what could be done with them. The next day I decided to go to the thrift store and have a poke around, just to see if I might find a treasure. I thought to myself, “How nice it would be if I could find a big bag of stamps!” And, lo and behold, there they were! I have never seen them before or since, so I think it was a special case of thrift store magic. I don’t know who would donate a ziplock bag full of old international stamps to a thrift store, but to whoever you are: thank you!
I had so much fun looking through them all. There are a ton from Trinidad and Tobago, a good handful from Hong Kong, and many from Central and South America. I found one lone Soviet treasure, and a handful of gorgeous American ones, circa World War II. This is only about a quarter of them. Could this be the best $1.99 I ever spent? Methinks so.
One happy night when Hillary was over for crafting, I sorted them out and started affixing them to this journal. I have *big plans* for it, which I will reveal when they are fully executed, but the cover was the first order of business. I trimmed the stamps down and detached them from their envelope backing, and then I affixed them with rubber cement. Rubber cement is fantastic for getting a smooth finish with no wrinkles.
Over the next few days, I put several coats of Mod Podge on the surface for some extra shine. That’s it!
Look at all these glorious stamps! I have one million left, so I am plotting further projects. I am so happy with how this one turned out. I never collected stamps as a kid, but, as they say, it’s never too late to start.