Got your attention didn't I? Well this time the free stuff is for me. (well most of this will go out in my letters I'm sure) But I still have a good lead for you. See that loot above? I got it for free. No, I didn't pummel a crafter outside Michael's and then make a run for the car. (I would advise against that if you're looking to keep your mug off your local police blotter.)
Instead I acquired it all from freecycle.org. It's sort of like craigslist but it's just people getting rid of stuff or wanting stuff.
"The contingency is that
it has to be FREE."
I was trying to get rid of a piece of furniture once and a friend turned me onto it. Worked like a charm. It's so easy...
1. Get a free account
2. Choose location groups in your area
3. Turn on notification. Voila!
Then you'll start getting the notice of posts that people are submitting for stuff they want to unload or looking for. (One email per location group, Not each & every add that is posted!) I see craft ads in my area quite often. I'm not a crafter, but this particular ad had a photo (few do in my area), and I saw it was mostly paper and stickers. I contacted the poster and seemed to be first to respond. Voila! (Pssst, the word of the day is obviously Voila by the way.) And funny thing, the Paperkins on the bottom right... I use to work for the company that made those.
Some things to note: I tun off notification when I'm not looking for anything. Very easy to do. And then just turn it back on when I'm on the hunt. Mind you, the notification is per location group. A location group is a Town near you. So if you join a few towns in your area but find at a certain time you don't want to travel to them, you can just turn off receiving emails from that location group. The site is very NON FRILLS, which is probably best.
"I'm big on reducing waste.
freecycle.org is doing it's part to do that."
This summer I got a huge pre-lit Christmas wreath for free from there. If you've been to Hobby Lobby and have seen how much they go for, you know that's a huge win!
Lastly, this free Loot came with the cutest Mini Penmanship Kit. The pen is so small I'm not sure it's even comfortably utilitarian. I believe I've seen these at the Barnes & Noble check-out. I will give it a go and let you know if this is a worthwhile gift to give someone who might just be starting out with dip pens. In the meantime, keep scribbling!
Hello, I’m Nina, the maven behind the
IQS blog. I’m all about creativity (ya think?).
I work in several disciplines. So it's no surprise that the Art of Letter Writing would come knocking on my door. Smitten!
However, I did not want to simply add MailArt as a discipline to my website. Thus it became the IQS Blog within my site. And that is why there are TWO navigation menus. *Here’s a Tip: stick with the BLOG Menu in this Column. The main site menu will lead you astray into dark places where you will be screaming for help and no one will hear you.
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