In Search of Postcards

I could have spent hours browsing the selection here, at L’univers de Leo in Paris

When I moved to England I decided to channel my weakness for stationery into something worthwhile. So I started a postcard project back in October, offering to send a postcard to anyone who requested one.

The final tally: I’ve sent 47 postcards in the last seven months, 16 of which have been for my family (because I send one from every city I visit). My brother joked that he’d have to dedicate a whole wall to my postcards soon.

Writing postcards has become a fun and functional habit—it indulges my love of stationery, helps me stay in touch with friends back home, keeps the dying postal service in business and is a much cheaper habit than buying souvenirs that just gather dust. The only things I ever bring back from my trips are chocolate bars and other edible items :)

*Tip: If you’re looking to buy postcards in London
The best selection of postcards I’ve found in London—and believe me, I’ve looked all over this town—is in a small convenience store in Hay’s Galleria along the South Bank, on Hay’s Lane. I honestly don’t even remember if the store had a name; it’s just on the left before you enter the Galleria if you’re walking from Tooley St. It’s a small selection, but they’ve got a lot of interesting historic ones. A lot classier than the garish close-ups of the Queen where you can see all her pores. The postcards here cost about £0.60 per card. The cheapest postcards I’ve seen are sold in the souvenir shops lining Oxford Street, for £0.10~0.15 apiece. 

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8 thoughts on “In Search of Postcards

  1. I wish I could find a place to buy nice postcards in Bordeaux, couldn’t find one so far :( Also now I kind of regret not sending my family postcards of the cities I’ve visited, but maybe I’ll start doing that now :)

    1. Agreed! There really is nothing like a handwritten, tangible piece of mail waiting in your mailbox. Worth a dozen one-liner emails fired off an iPhone/Blackberry!

  2. I really love this paragraph as I wholeheartedly concur: “Writing postcards has become a fun and functional habit—it indulges my love of stationery, helps me stay in touch with friends back home, keeps the dying postal service in business and is a much cheaper habit than buying souvenirs that just gather dust. The only things I ever bring back from my trips are chocolate bars and other edible items :)” I hope this art never dies!! Maybe we need to start a ‘postcard marketing campaign’?

  3. I too love post cards and used to buy one (or two or three…) in every city I have visited. They seem to be harder to find and mail in Asia; not to mention the mail service is super slow or things get lost… so I haven’t bought so many glossy postcards lately. This has inspired me to start again. I love the post card idea too! May have to borrow that ;)

    1. I can imagine! And yes, spread the postcard love! I’m sure your friends and fam would love to hear from you :)

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