I love vintage stamps on milestone stationary such as wedding invitations, baby announcements and beyond. Vintage stamps offer you the creative opportunity to share your personal style with the receiver. Adding vintage postage to your wedding invitations sets them apart from all the rest and makes them look uniquely special.
Since postage never expires, the possibilities are endless for you to be creative.
You be wondering, where does one find vintage postage?
Here are a few resources to help you find these lovelies!
Underwood Letterpress - This shop will curate a collection of stamps based on your color palette, but they are a little more expensive as you are paying for the product, the fact that it's vintage and the time someone spent to curate a design a collection. This is great if you do not have the time to devote to curating your own collection or just feel overwhelmed by the entire process.
There are a lot of options here and possibilities can be endless. Just start searching and see what you find. I have provided you a list to get started:
You can also try US Mint Sheets. They do not curate a stamp collection for you, but you can buy any and all kinds of vintage stamps from them. Just browse by Scott number through pages and pages of vintage stamps to find what you like – just pay attention to the pricing, which may not be face value.
If you have the time to search for stamps yourself, eBay is a wonderful resource! If time is not on your side; you could ask your planner to find the perfect suite of vintage stamps that match your style and feel of your overall wedding design. I have purchased quite a few vintage stamps from eBay and have been very pleased. You can search for entire sheets of vintage stamps if you want total unity of the stamps you use, but if you are trying to group stamps based on particular color(s) you might need to search a little differently. Begin here and you’ll find sheets of everything from 3¢ stamps to recently issued stamps. You can refine the results by adding keywords – like science, love, birds, etc. – but leave out the word “stamp” since you’re already searching by stamp sheets.
The best way to search for vintage stamps on ebay is by identifying the Scott number of a particular stamp that you love, since many eBay stamp dealers will use only the Scott number in their listing. For example, a really pretty flower “Love” stamp is #1951.
Antique Stores, stamp dealers & flea markets
If you can track down a local stamp dealer or an antique store that carries vintage stamps you are in luck. Many will part with these stamps for their face value which will save you quite a bit. Many collectors or antique stores buy large piles of stamps when they buy a stamp collection and they also receive hundreds of stamps that are worthless to them. Try searching for local stamp dealers or antique stores and see what they have to offer. Then you can see everything they have in person. You might also find some vintage stamps at flea market too; worth a look!
Note: Especially if you are buying on line; make sure you are buying unused/uncanceled stamps or you will have just a pile of lovely unusable stamps.
Remember to save some of your stamps and at least one invitation suite for pictures with the photographer. Many brides have gorgeous invitations with calligraphy envelopes and vintage stamps and have no professional photography of them. Your planner should lay out the invitation suite at your getting ready location for your photographer. If the planner cannot be at your getting ready location (which can sometimes happen) make sure the planner has your invitations so they can have the photographer takes a few photos of the suite and ensure it is returned with your belongings.
Happy Planning! Amy
Credits: Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Calligraphy Watercolor Invitations: Briana O'Donell | Photography: Amelia Lawrence