VintagePostageShop

Curated Postage for Beautiful Mail

Franklin, Tennessee
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Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

Hi. I am currently moving my shop to Ebay. You can find me here: https://www.ebay.com/usr/vintagepostageshop

Liz Tannehill Cook

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On Etsy since 2013

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Stamps - little pieces of art for everyday use.

I've been around stamps all my life. My father was an avid collector. I loved anything my father loved so therefore we collected together. When he passed away in 1996 I maintained his collection for several years until I became busy raising a family. Now that an interest in stamps is returning to those, like me, who appreciate a beautiful envelope, a hand written letter, I wish to cultivate my favorite stamps and make them available to everyone, not just collectors.

Member of the American Philatelic Society - APS #226610

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  • Liz Cook

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    Owner and Curator

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Hi - thanks for stopping by. I sell only the highest quality postage stamps. Unless otherwise noted all stamps are unused in very fine condition. This means that they are free of odor, no major discoloration or flaws, and gum on back is intact.

Most of my inventory is Unused US stamps and can still be used for postage. However I am currently adding many beautiful worldwide stamps to my inventory. These stamps are lovely and would make great additions to styled photos or collections. However, they cannot be used for postage. If you are unsure about a stamp, either read the description or send me a quick message and I will clarify.

Please note that if you are using vintage stamps for postage you will need to use the correct amount for your letter. That amount can vary depending on the size and weight of your letter. A single vintage stamp cannot be used to post a modern letter. Please see my FAQ for more info on this.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 12 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
I always guarantee my stamps. If you are not completely satisfied - please return your order within 14 days and I will refund money less all shipping costs. I do ask that you contact me first to see if I can resolve the issue. If it is my mistake - I will pay for the shipping expense as well.
Payment
Accept credit cards, gift cards, paypal and if you are local - cash.
Shipping
Updated 5/1/2021
Standard Shipping
Domestic USPS First Class - Stamped Envelope - $1
International First Class - Stamped Envelope - no tracking - $2.50


Upgrades:
Domestic USPS First Class with Tracking - $3.50 - 5-7 Business Days
Domestic USPS Priority Mail $8.50 - 2-3 Days Business Days
Domestic USPS Priority Express $26 - 1-2 Days Business Days

International Upgrades are available. Please contact me for a quote for your country.

IF YOU NEED YOUR ORDER TIMELY PLEASE UPGRADE YOUR SERVICE TO PRIORITY MAIL. I WILL PROCESS YOUR ORDER QUICKLY BUT I CANNOT GUARANTEE DELIVERY ONCE IT LEAVES MY STUDIO. PAYING FOR TRACKING CAN BE INVALUABLE IF YOU NEED YOUR ORDER WITHIN A CERTAIN TIMEFRAME.

All packages are insured by the USPS up to $100. If you would like additional insurance on your order, please message me so that we can add that to your shipping.

Please note that orders typically ship within 1 to 2 days during the week. Due to high volume, some orders may take up to three or more days to process. Large orders may take a few extra days to prepare and process. If you need your package quickly, please send me a note so I know that it is time sensitive.

If you need a package mailed Express Overnight, and mailed the same day as your order, please contact me prior to placing the order. I will do the best I can to accommodate your requests.

Thanks so much for your business!

More information

Last updated on May 18, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Studio Hours

I am typically in the studio packing orders and updating inventory Monday-Friday 8am-2pm cst.

I can be reached via etsy message or email during this time for questions.

Feel free to send me messages outside of this time frame, I will answer as soon as I can!

Custom and personalized orders

Due to high volume of orders I am unable to accommodate custom requests beyond my current inventory. I do miss my custom design work. Please visit my instagram @vintagepostageshop for ideas and inspiration on how to group and use vintage stamps.

Can the stamps from Vintage Postage Shop be used for regular postage?

Absolutely! All UNUSED stamps are perfect for mailing a letter, invitation, a package or any other item through the United States Postal Service. Just make sure you use enough stamps to add up to the postage requirements for your particular letter. If an item is marked USED or CANCELLED it cannot be used for postage. A cancelled stamp or a used stamp has already been processed through the mail and has no postal value.

How can I tell if a stamp is new or used?

A stamp that has been previously used has a cancellation mark on the front. It is typically any type of black marking but sometimes has a date and city of origin. It can be the tiniest of black marks on a corner of a stamp. A new stamp will be clean and free of marks of any kind. All stamps from Vintage Postage Shop are not only unused but in perfect mint condition. This means they are in excellent, like new condition, have the original adhesive on the back and are free from strong odors. I seek out only the finest stamps available.

How do I attached my vintage stamps once I received them?

Most stamps created prior to the mid-90s have a water activated adhesive. This means they were made to lick-and-stick. While some of these stamps still will work this way - they have probably passed through many hands over the years. I like to use a basic glue stick. I work on scrap paper applying a thin coat of glue working from the center to each corner - one stamp at a time. This will guarantee your stamps will stay on your envelopes through the mailing process. Many stamps from the late 90s only have a self-adhesive backing. I find this backing still works great and does not require any additional glue.

Do I ship internationally?

I am currently taking a break from International Orders until deliveries are more stable.

How do I know how much postage to use on my letter/invite?

This is a question I get most often and it is the one that I cannot answer. It has many variables. A standard first class 1 oz letter currently costs 55 cents to mail. This amount increases often. A typical invitation usually cost more than a standard first class letter because it is larger in size and heavier in weight. The most reliable source for your letter postage cost is the post office. The can measure and weigh your item and give you a quote. If you wish to use vintage stamps then you can take that quote and apply the proper amount of vintage stamps to reach your $$ amount.

Please explain how to use Vintage Stamps on a standard Letter

So once you know your postage amount you can start to design a collection of stamps for your letter. Let's say your required postage is 55 cents. If you look on the front of each stamp there is $ amount in cents. You could choose a 20c stamp + 32c stamp + 3c stamp. This equals 55 cents. You could also use eleven 5c stamps (55c); or six 10c stamps - this would be 60c total. It is fine to go over the amount, you just don't want to be under.

Many times, if budget is an issue, I will use a modern forever stamp and mix it with a vintage. This is a nice way to get the look and save some money - especially if your letter/invitation is over $1 to mail per invite.

The combinations you could consider are endless. Have Fun!