Where do I buy postcards and letter supplies from?

I was planning to write a post last week but as Iโ€™m apparently the only one in my family who has a camera and my mum was going to Paris so I gave her my camera (and she ended up not getting how the camera works โ€“ bought it in 2008 and have let it get wet in a pouring rain in 2011- so she didnโ€™t even get that many photos and instead used her phone). Iโ€™ve also been a bit lazy and uninspired ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Luckily mail brought me my letter set, postcard and sticker orders from Postcardgarden and Perromania and those got me inspired.

Letter sets, papers and a couple of envelope sets

Letter sets, papers and a couple of envelope sets from Postcard garden

Postcards and one set of stickers

Postcards and one set of stickers

Moomins and Belle and Boo card from Perromania

Moomins and Belle and Boo card from Perromania

World Heritage Site cards from Perromania

World Heritage Site cards from Perromania

Cards from Porvoo Autumn Market (Oct 3rd-4th) Moomin cards for only 0,5โ‚ฌ :)

Cards from Porvoo Autumn Market (Oct 3rd-4th) Moomin cards for only 0,5โ‚ฌ ๐Ÿ™‚

From where do YOU buy your letter/postcrossing supplies?

At least in Finland letter sets/papers are nearly impossible to find unless you want to use those boring white lined papers or buy expensive 10 papers + 10 envelopes set โ€œmeant for little kidsโ€. I do buy those whenever I get the chance to or find those but 3โ‚ฌ for such a small amount of paper is ridiculous โ€“ I usually use 3-5 A5 pages per letter.

Postcardgarden

As those are rather expensive and hard to find Iโ€™ve started to order letter sets and pads online since 2010 when I found Finnish online store Postcardgarden. Back then it was rather small and everything wasnโ€™t sold out the moment it hit the store like nowadays and unless my memory betrays me Iโ€™d argue that back then the prices were lower. The prices in the store are high compared to many other foreign stores but for, at least, Finns the postage is free after youโ€™ve spent over 20โ‚ฌ (which is easily done with just buying 3 different letter sets). ย The postcards are the main focus in the store but the sticker and paper selections are good if you manage to click to the site when the new products are put up (I recommend you to follow their Facebook page where the new products are mentioned).

The foreign stores I tend to use the most are Modes4u from Hong Kong and Janetstore from Taiwan.

Modes4U

Modes4u might have a smaller selection of goodies and is more expensive BUT the store offers free postage after youโ€™ve used over 60โ‚ฌ at the store. And they ALWAYS have some Sentimental Circus goodies no matter when youโ€™re looking. (Iโ€™m a HUGE SC fan and I LOVE the stickers and letter sets SO much!!).

Janetstore

Janetstore has good selection, I could use hours and hours going through the site, and the prices are quite low, for example one of my favourite letter sets, Amy and Tim (80 papers and 8 envelopes) costs nearly 9โ‚ฌ in Postcardgarden while in Janetstore the price is $2.8. Everything is cheaper than in any other online store. So whatโ€™s the catch? The postage prices are usually ridiculously high. If you spend the minimum of $10 in the store, no matter WHAT you buy, be it only stickers and small letter sets you can expect the postage to be at least $10. Last year I and my flatmate chose to order something together from Janetstore as its selection is amazing. We spent 90โ‚ฌ in total, of which 40โ‚ฌ went to postage. 40โ‚ฌ. RIDICCULOUS.

The shipping is FAST in all of the stores. I usually wait for a week, max.2 and I have everything in my hands ๐Ÿ™‚

Postcards on the other hand..

I tend to buy most of my postcards from a small store in Porvoo called Sadunhenki as the postcards from there are CHEAP. The cheapest cards are just 0,3โ‚ฌ and the most expensive ones are 1โ‚ฌ. And the most important thing is that all the Moomin cards are only 0,5โ‚ฌ! ๐Ÿ˜‰ CHEAP compared to the normal store prices that tend to be 1,5-4,8โ‚ฌ.

Perromania

But online stores that I use are mostly Postcardgarden, though I donโ€™t usually buy that many cards from there, and I finally tried my luck with Perromania, a store that has had its ads in Postcrossing.com and Iโ€™ve read of in some Finnish blogs (and yes, they mail abroad as well ;)). I bought way too many Christmas cards from the store and some โ€œrareโ€ Moomin cards as well as UNESCO World Heritage Postcards for a postcard pal of mine who seems to collect those now ๐Ÿ™‚ So far all of these stores have worked just fine for me but does anyone know a good online store for letter papers within Europe? Iโ€™d rather not pay high postage and pay a lot to the customs as all the orders OVER 23โ‚ฌ outside of Europe are stuck until you pay a lot. Any other recommendations than Postcardgarden

-Kristiina

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