Snail Mail Small Business Savings & Shout Outs

During this unprecedented time of business closures around the world due to the pandemic, we wanted to give a shout out to those small businesses who love and create beautiful cards and stationery for us snail mail lovers. While we do our best to revive the art of letter writing, we’re lucky that we can find beautiful things to send in the mail.

These are a collection of offers that have been spotted on social media, and range from free shipping to percentage off. Some of them are favourites recommended by Letter Moians. Support them if you can – whether it’s to re-stock your stationery stash for National Card and Letter Writing Month in April or beyond, or to share this post with your friends and family who also love stationery. Don’t need anything for yourself? Some shops offer giftcards too! Let’s try to help keep these awesome and creative stationery – and sometimes sassy and salty! – suppliers around. ♥

If you know of any others, from anywhere in the world, please comment below with a link to their online shop.

* Please note: I haven’t had time to check out the details of all the offers. I have included expiry dates if I could easily find them; free shipping may only refer to local areas only, and dollar limits in local currency.
~ Irene

Constellation & Co
Home of the Snail Mail Superstar.
Free shipping on all orders until April 30, 2020

Paper Pastries
20% off until March 31, 2020 with the code: STAYSAFE20
Free shipping for orders over $50

Regional Assembly of Text
Until March 31, 2020, save 40% off everything in their Stationery category with special code Stationery=Paper
Sign up for their quarterly newsletter to so you can find out any new products and other future offers.

Steel Petal Press
Lots of sassy and salty cards 😀 and Corona Care packages .
Free shipping until April 7 with code: VIRTUALHUGS

20% off all orders for the next month. with code: GOODVIBES

Some other of our letter writers’ small biz faves*:

Custom return address rubber stamps.
Free shipping.

Curated monthly subscription service among other lovely stationery including vintage stamps.

Carpe Diem Papers
Free shipping within US for greeting card orders.

Egg Press
Originator of the Write_On Campaign!

Graphic Anthology
Cards ship free.
Subscribe to their newsletter and get 15% off your first order in addition to birthday discounts.

I Loot Paperie
Very punny and cute cards and washi tapes.

Paper Wilderness
Whimsical watercolour paper goods and fantastic animal puns.

Postmark’d Studio
Premium monthly stationery subscription and other snail mail goodies.

Pretty by Post
Curated Greeting Cards For The Snail Mail Lover. Free shipping on first order and monthly contests in the Facebook group.

Rhubarb Paper Co.
“Not Yo’ Grandma’s Greeting Cards”

Wit & Whistle
“Pretty funny paper goods” – cards and rubber stamps.

(*not all verified*)

22 thoughts on “[Wayback Repost] Why do letters seem more daunting than email?”

  1. Having been a letter writer for several years now, I don’t particularly find this challenge all that difficult, other than remembering to do it every day instead of when the whim takes me to write. And since I may not have a penpal’s letter to answer, then I need to think outside my normal circle of penpals and write to others. I saw this as an opportunity to reconnect with a few old penpals that had lapsed, family members that live outside of the city, friends I haven’t seen in a while, and strangers or persons of stature. I think it’s a great challenge and maybe it will even boost the joy of those who process all this mail and deliver it to us. 🙂

  2. I love your post. And I totally agree.

    Email, tweets n twitters, FB comments all have their place and moment in time where they are the appropriate way to respond.

    However, sending a letter, postcard, or notecard is the only way to connect with someone on a more personal, even intimate, level.

    The act of sending a missive does take time, but more importantly it takes thought. What paper will I use? What will I add (stickers, washi, etc.)? What will I say? Combined these choices will be a bright spot in someone’s day. Added bonus? It was created specifically for them.

  3. Great article on postcard apps but you should also take a look at Postsnap’s easy to use postcard app.
    The app offers a number of unique features compared to the other apps reviewed including:
    – Guest checkout with Apple Pay
    – Extensive personalization options including collage layouts, stylish borders which can be adjusted in size with a slider and the option to add editable text in a variety of font types and colors and position it anywhere on the cards
    – iPhone and iPad support
    – Apple Pencil support
    – Facebook and Instagram integration
    – US postal address verification and UK postcode lookup
    Cards are printed and posted in our facilities in the UK, USA and Australia on the same or next working day and so cards typically arrive quickly. Enjoy!
    Stephen Homer

  4. I have been writing letters for several years now. My go to paper is Rhodia Premium or Rhodia Ice pads. I also Life pads too. I like them because they are not quite as slick as the Rhodia.

  5. I too love journals to pull apart for writing. For me the most important aspect of the paper is the pattern. I love to have some colour and some design on the paper. I’ve managed to find a number of nice colours and designs at one of my local “Home Sense” discount stores in the book section. Most of the small journals are a perfect size to fit in the envelopes I use. If not I just give one edge a bit of a trim (but sometimes I really like the ripped edge look too!) ;P

  6. Hi, Christmas cards & more recently a letter (a bill) from the UK to Australia have taken 3 weeks to arrive. The exterior of these envelopes were stamped with a mark such as this from the latest envelope:
    DLC 992-4
    The example quoted arrived at the Australian address on 28/07/2017, unfortunately it contained a bill dated 06/07/2017 which had to be paid within 14 days, by 20/07/2017.
    Why is the post so slow? What does the DLC 992-4 stamp signify? Would appreciate your feedback.

  7. My letter that I wrote was in September. The person who it was for still hasn’t gotten it and it’s now November….
    I don’t understand why it’s taking this long. I live in AZ and he lives in NY. I want answers.

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