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Naked Mail (USA)

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Swap Coordinator:Artistic (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges 
Number of people in swap:13
Location:Regional - United States
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:February 19, 2010
Date items must be sent by:March 5, 2010
Number of swap partners:1

It's been a while since I've seen or participated in a naked mail swap, so let's do it.

Naked mail means you send something without it being in a box, envelope or mailing bag. The USPS will aim to get it to you if you have an address label.

In the past, I've received a teapot (that I still use!), a package of decorative brads and a three-gallon bucket (yes, a bucket!) through naked mail swaps. And I've sent everything from a Frisbee and flip-flops to a dustpan. The counter clerks at my post office always get a kick out of what goes out and what comes back.

So look at your partner's profile to see what may be of interest to your partner. Then select and mail a naked item. This is an item, not a nake postcard.

Let's aim to keep a price cap of $5.

This is a U.S. only swap, but I highly encourage swappers in other countries to try it too.

The fine print: Newbies welcome with completed profile. 4.8 or higher rating with no 1s or 3s in the last three months for rated players. I review the sign-ups before assigning partners.

Questions? Please post them below.

Have fun and thanks for considering this swap.


LdyChinay 01/28/2010 #

Hi! just wondering for the naked mail swap- would you.. put the address labels on the actual item or?.. sorry it will be my first time doing this :]! but it sounds really cool!

twobluecrows 01/28/2010 #

I sent a little rubber piggy bank once, and used the sales tag/label to put my stamps and mailing label--they just fit! Other times I wrote the address on the back of a wooden goat, and tapes it onto a long flyswatter!

As long as the post office can see it, and it's securely fastened, anything goes.

Artistic 01/28/2010 #

Twobluecrows has the right of it. The postage and address label has to fit somewhere and be visible.

And LOL at the naked mail flyswatter.

LdyChinay 01/28/2010 #

Oooh thanks! :] Oh wow i can't wait !! to do this then!

revolutionoise 01/28/2010 #

Goodwill or salvation army finds would be great things to send naked :]

moowee 01/28/2010 #

I have sent plastic toys. You can make an address lable that sticks out like a flag for the address if there is not room on the item.

WestMichiganGuy 01/28/2010 #

So do tell me on how safe is this? How would you know if it wont get damaged or broken or even stolen?? I have never mailed anything this way before. It sounds quite risky and yes you are taking a chance with what you send.

Artistic 02/ 1/2010 #

WestMichiganGuy: That's the whole idea ... and why a lot of money isn't spent on the item. You get to see what makes it.

Don't send anything that's obviously breakable: i.e. glass, or that could potentially burst open in transit: i.e. potpourri.

Artistic 02/ 1/2010 #

revolutionoise: Good idea on where to scout a naked item to send.

moowee 02/ 2/2010 #

I go look at toys at thrift stores. There is an unlimited amount of items that could be sent.

Starwatcher 02/ 4/2010 #

So a stuffed animal could be sent without a box? Cool idea - I guess he might get dirty - but it would be fun to send!

AndreaJ 02/ 4/2010 #

I'm watching this currently. It sounds like a lot of fun. Starwatcher: I've never done this, but I was thinking stuffed animals might have a tendency to burst in transit.

sambob 02/ 7/2010 #

I have done this a lot of times. I am a member of Nervousness.org they have alot of these swaps. I sent a record 78 to Austriaia. I wrote the addy with a sharpie!

hollycm6 02/12/2010 #

Ha ha! I am still a little scared to try this... only because they already think I'm a bit mad at my post office. :)

ladydy5 02/16/2010 #

I received a coconut from Hawaii. I''m going to try this. ;

ladydy5 02/18/2010 #

Please, no stuffed animals. Have no children or place to put it. Thanks

moowee 02/20/2010 #

I found the most crazy thing at Goodwill tonight. It only cost me 50cents. I bet it costs a bunch more to mail.

I have always thought that the most crazy thing to send is a bowling ball but I have not wanted to invest that much in postage. Heavens - what would the mailperson do to deliver a bowling ball?

Hollycm6 - don't be afraid to try this swap. The folks at my postoffice love to see what I am sending next. I think that they enjoy my packages more than the rest of the dull mail they see all day.

Artistic 02/28/2010 #

Package is on the way to my partner. And the postal clerk got a chuckle out of it. :) Enjoy!

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