Vintage Stamps // Tips and Where to Source Them

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One of the most common questions I get asked is about vintage stamps and where to source them, so today I’m sharing a round-up of my favorite online shops to purchase from.  Vintage stamps are gorgeous and add a fun element to your wedding or party invitations -- the downfall is that they can get pricey, so I recommend using them for milestone invitations like weddings, birth announcements, showers, etc.  Unused vintage stamps never expire, so there are endless opportunities to purchase stamps that reflect you, your personal style, or a specific color palette.

If you shop for vintage stamps and feel like they’re going to break your budget, an alternate option is to mix-and-match regular USPS postage with some vintage stamps.  It’s a great way to get the vintage “look” without the price tag that comes with it.

Most vintage stamps run in the 3-8 cent range, so you’ll need a lot of stamps to add up to the correct postage.  What is the correct postage, you ask? I always recommend taking a full invitation suite to the post office and have it weighed to determine the price.  There are many factors that impact postage such as size and shape of the envelope, weight, and extra embellishments like wax seals. Once you know your postage and are shopping for vintage stamps, search for as many high value stamps as possible and then supplement your postage with the smaller stamps.

Lastly, if you’re using a calligrapher, be sure to share with them that you’ll be using vintage postage as this can alter the layout of your addressing!

My favorite shops for sourcing vintage stamps:

Underwood Letterpress

Vintage Postage Shop

Verde Studio

Little Postage House

Pack and Post

Did you find this post helpful?  Have any other questions? Let me know below!