Hi! I'm Jan Post from near St. Louis, Missouri. Next year I will have been married for 50 years. We have two adult children and three teenage grandchildren and 5 cats. If I were to pick words to describe myself they would be: Christian, Creative, Compassionate, Thrifty, Organized, Resourceful, and Pioneering. My hairdresser called me a pioneer woman because I've never been afraid to take on something hard or new.
I home educated my two girls over 11.5 years starting back in the mid 80's way before it was popular! As a young adult I started a sewing business, made and sold crafts for 25+ years, sold Creative Memories and Stampin Up, managed a craft consignment mall, ran a food pantry, and worked with homeless families. I now have a successful Etsy shop where I sell retro and mid century items along with vintage ephemera.
Thrifting is a big part of my life! Paper collecting is my addiction!
Being a Christian has shaped my worldview. I have respect for other's beliefs as I hope others are respectful of mine. Our differences do not let that get in the way of making art, or being kind. I like Christian ephemera especially old Sunday School cards, game cards, and postcards with Bible Verses. Our world could use more civility! Being kind and noticing the good in other people is a good place to start.
Contemporary Christian especially Sara Groves.
Harry Chapin, Blind Faith & Eric Claption, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills, & Nash (and Neil Young), The Beatles, Old Folk Music including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Joni Mitchell. (I still have a record player and a large collection of vinyl that I still play!) Irish music, Classical music - Beethoven, Mozart, and Vivaldi, Oldies from the Mid 60s to the Mid 70s I don't like Swing, Jazz, Rap, Hip Hop or Heavy Metal.
The Princess Bride, Bruce Willis movies, especially Red and Red 2 Any movie with Tom Hanks The Hundred Foot Journey Anything Jane Austin The Three Amigos Young Frankenstein
I don't watch much TV! When I do, it's NCIS, Bull,The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, or Forensic Files
Art Journaling, Rubber Stamping, Altered Books, Junk Journals Sewing Collecting STUFF for the above addictions
Please don’t send these things Anything cute like Hello Kitty, Kawaii, cartoon, Disney, Nudes, Witchcraft, Dark Themes or Celebrities.
Any kind of stickers. I have plenty of them that I don’t use already. Same with memo sheets.
Glitter has been banned from my house for more than 25 years.
Perfumes or strong scents and cigarette smoke; both give me headaches.
I don't use candles, drink tea or coffee, or need any make up!
My preference for everything is mid century or older, but old is relative! “Old” for me would be 1950s or earlier. Old for someone else might be the 80s or 90's! So, whatever you think is old, that's ok too.
Here’s an alphabetical list of things I like:
Small Alphabet letters - Scrabble Size or just a little larger
Advertising from old magazines (especially 1920s - 1950s, especially kitchen, bright colored food ads,)
Albert Einstein (my hero) pics and quotes
Abe Lincoln (my other hero) pics and quotes
Buttons, especially on cards, colored and unusual buttons make me quite happy.
Bible verses or pages - your favorite or any cut from a damaged Bible
Business cards in foreign languages
Book pages that relate to anything I collect
Bird or butterfly ephemera
Cats - we have 5, all rescued or adopted
Christmas - Victorian, postcards, old world Santa
Cookbook related ephemera, recipes, recipe cards
Doodling pens like black Pilot sharp point, Micron, or one that's your favorite
Excellent grammar! I collect misplaced modifiers, dangling participles, and poor punctuation in pictures or sayings like this from a gas station: "Eat Here and Get Gas"
Edgar Allen Poe
Fabric in small prints
Fairy pictures, small fairy wings
Fleur de lys
Fragrances: jasmine and vanilla (combined) - citrus, and fresh outdoor scents,I get headaches from perfumes, but I do like citrus scented lotions from Bath and Body Works.
Fussy cut pictures
Foreign language pages in French, Russian, and from European countries and Africa
Game pieces from around the world
Greeting card or card fronts from vintage cards
Ink Joy pens
Jewel tone colors
Kindness - quotes
Ledger pages with hand written entries
Linens with embroidery or crocheted lace
Little Golden books old or new in good condition
Labels - from vintage cans, cigar boxes, crates, mailing labels, canning labels, etc.
Mother Teresa (my heroine) quotes, pictures, sayings, cards
Photographs in Black and White 1950s or before, the older the better
Postage stamps especially ones from Europe, Asia, African countries and from South America
Playing cards especially with flowers, birds or cats
Old postcards especially from the early 1900s with pretty illustrations or scripture verses. Having writing on the back is fine. I'm not a serious postcard collector.
Quilt blocks, any size or any amount
Rubber stamped images of any items on my things I like list
Scrabble letters - older ones please that have some patina!
Stazon Ink Pad and/or refill in black
Seed packages in good condition, empty or with seeds.
Table cloths or kitchen towels from the 40's and 50's (can come with stains and holes too!)
Tobacco or Coffee tins
Ticket stubs from theater, bus, subway, carnivals, etc.
UHU glue sticks
Valentine cards 1960s or before
Vintage papers from banking like cancelled checks, bank transactions, bills, etc. Mid century preferred
Wooden Rulers especially those with familiar or very old advertising like Pepsi, Wonder Bread, etc
Wooden thread spools with or without thread
Z Zennia Seeds
Sending Food really ups the postage on packages. I like a lot of candies, but the only one that's hard for me to find here is a good dark chocolate with raspberries. I do like these: Chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Turtles, Hot Tamales, Peanut Butter Cups, Payday, Mounds, JuJy Fruits, Burnt Peanuts or Boston Baked Beans, Peanuts, Pecans, Macadamia nuts
I have crafted since I was old enough to hold a pair of scissors and made doll clothes from my mom’s sewing scraps. For a few years I hosted an online group that made collaborative books. I enjoy making and sharing Artistic Decos and have been a member of several deco groups but have taken a rest from group participation for a while. I've been on SwapBot for years, but have taken breaks from time to time. My favorite toy is a large Accucut die cut machine with lots and lots of dies. I'm a paper hoarder and a die junkie. I can use Accucut, Ellison, and Sizzix dies!
Right now I'm collecting items for a Mother Goose Journal. I found an old Mother Goose book for 35 cents and thought I'd use the pictures in it until I saw it was a 1896 edition worth $540. I did not cut it up or sell it!
It would be my great pleasure to exchange mail with you, surprise you, or send you the perfect gift! Going to the mailbox should be a happy experience! If you don't receive a swap from me, please message me first and I will re-send. I'm grateful for what you choose to send in a swap. If it's not my style, I may pass it along to someone who would. I always rate my swaps, but maybe not on the first day!
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