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Quotecard Postcard #60 [### Edited ###]

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Swap Coordinator:spinjenny (contact)
Swap categories: Miscellaneous  Newbie  Postcards 
Number of people in swap:59
Type:Type 2: Flat mail
Rating requirement:4.90 (unrated swappers allowed)
Last day to signup/drop:May 15, 2012
Date items must be sent by:May 31, 2012
Number of swap partners:3

[Edited to correct the Type, but I hope no-one believed a naked postcard swap was actually electronic!]

!!!!! 5 years of Quotecards !!!!!

Yes, this swap series has been running monthly for 5 years now. In honour of that, I will send 5 blank postcards to each of 5 randomly chosen participants in this swap. It will be my choice of (shop-bought) postcards from my stash, but you'll be sending them to future partners so they need not match your personal taste.

This is a pretty basic "sender's choice" postcard swap to share a little zinger of wisdom/humour/etc with your partners. The only catch is that it MUST contain one of your favourite quotes, but that can be either an old friend or a newly discovered favourite. The postcard can be handmade or printed (commercially or otherwise). You must put your chosen quote(s) on the back of the card, even if there is already a printed quote on the front. The only exception is if you design the card yourself, when you may incorporate your quote into the design of the front if you prefer.

Please say where the quote is from or give the credit where it's due. You may use quotes in languages other than English, but if you do, please include a translation for your partner. Do not forget to include the swap name and your user name on the card!

You will send out 3 of these cards, one to each partner, possibly across the globe. They should be postmarked! Please DO NOT send in an envelope.

I will drop anyone with unexplained 1s or 3s, or if I have any other reason to believe they might be a problem in this swap. I do not drop until after sign-ups end, so if you have any concerns about members who have joined, please PM me before then. If your rating is below 4.9 because of a clearly unfair rating, PM me and we can discuss it. Newbies are welcome!! (but must have a filled out profile, more than just one or two lines.)

You must communicate with both me and your partner if you are late for any reason. If there are any problems, please try to work it out with your partner, but if that is not possible, contact me and I will try to help. Please do not give a 3 or 1 rating without giving your partner a chance to fix the situation.

Happy swapping to all! Please contact me if you have any questions or problems.

Note: This swap series was originated by @nicole who later handed it over to me.


spinjenny 04/16/2012 #

This should be a fun, low-pressure swap, so don't feel you have to do a lot of research unless you want to do that. I have a file in which I save quotations that I like, so I don't usually need to search for them for my Quotecards, but when I want quotes on a particular theme, I put:

[theme keywords] quote OR quotation

into a search engine. I get links to some general quotation sites but also ones which only have quotes on that theme, which often have many more than the general sites.

Some general ones:

Also, here's an interesting site (well, interesting to me, anyway) ... Black Cab Quotes. A London cab driver decided to leave a clipboard in the back of the cab and invite his passengers to write down their favourite quotes. Most of them aren't attributed, so if you like one, you may need to search online for the original source.

spinjenny 04/16/2012 #

I am also often asked about sources for nice or 'different' postcards. Museums and art galleries usually have them, and a lot of book shops and stationery stores/departments have nice ones. In the US, USPS sells books of themed post cards - a bit expensive, but they are already stamped. In the UK, Royal Mail often issues postcard sets to go with new commemorative stamp releases. Postal services in other countries may have postcards too.

There are online sources, of course:

  • Amazon has books of postcards.
  • Pomegranate have lots of choice, and their "blowout" packs are a great 'pot luck' deal. They can sometimes send UK packages via their UK distributor, saving some money, so UK/European swappers may want to contact them before ordering.
  • postcardstop.com have a good range.
  • VisionWorks is another good US online source, but I can also get some of the cards they stock from my local 'world store' here in the UK.
  • Syracuse Cultural Workers has interesting cards, many of them with quotes and most of them with a 'message'.
  • Zazzle has a lot of postcards too, and they have sites in other countries, including in the UK. (Check the shipping, though.)
  • The Film Store has film-related postcards, of course, but other subjects too. It is a UK site but you can opt to see the prices in US dollars.
  • Chronicle Books
  • Dover Publications has books with 12 standard size and 24 slightly larger postcards
  • Moo ReadyMade US/Canada store and European store. You can also put together a custom selection from their designs or upload your own.
  • some Etsy sellers have postcards, and it is worth looking on eBay too.

If anyone has suggestions for other sources, please post them here.

Please note: some postcard collectors are not happy to receive cards which weren't bought in 'normal' stores, and when swaps specify "store-bought" Moo and Etsy postcards may not be acceptable. For this swap, though, any good quality postcards are acceptable because the quotes are the important part.

TerryF 04/16/2012 #


spinjenny 04/17/2012 #

Thank you, Terry!

whytewillow 04/24/2012 #

You rock...happy anniversary and many more as I really enjoy the quotecard swaps. Thanks for all the fun you've helped bring to so many. Best wishes Whytewillow

spinjenny 04/25/2012 #

Thank you, whytewillow!

racheljohnson 05/14/2012 #

Thanks for all the great link resources, @spinjenny ! I just posted about this great swap on the Swap-bot blog here.

mwquilt 05/14/2012 #

Congratulations on your quotecard swap anniversary :-)

spinjenny 05/15/2012 #

Thank you, Rachel and Marina!

thebragal 05/15/2012 #

The info at the top says 3 partners and so does the description. But the first paragraph says 5. I can do 3 but not 5! If I got all international partners it would cost almost $10!

junemoon 05/15/2012 #

Congratulations on a long standing, well-loved swap. You really hit on a winning idea!

thebragal 05/15/2012 #

Duh. Note to self: Read more carefully next time. :)

spinjenny 05/15/2012 #

No problem, thebragal. :-)

June, I'd love to take the credit, but @nicole was the one with the winning idea.

spinjenny 05/16/2012 #

The winners of the random draw are druideye, sealford, Bandkh1, Erdbeersternchen and Teja. 5 postcards will be on their way to each of them very soon.

spinjenny 05/16/2012 #

Sign-ups have now ended for this swap, but please join the next swap in the series, Quotecard Postcard #61. Although I will not be hosting that one myself, I hope many of you will support my good friend @fibrejunky in hosting her first quotecard swap!

druideye 05/17/2012 #

@spinjenny Yay! That's awesome, thank you.

Bandkh1 05/23/2012 #

Hi Jenny

I am one of the winners of the prize draw for 5 postcards. Thank you so much - I just received them and I'm delighted with them. I know the idea is that I will send them on to other swappers but I might just have to keep one of them for myself - the Gustav Klimt. He is one of my very favourite artists and I was delighted to receive that particular card - I don't know if you looked at my profile or not but I'm very, very pleased. Thank you once again for your generosity and I will continue to enjoy your swaps.

spinjenny 05/24/2012 #

Sending them on is optional :-). I tried to match profiles as far as my selection of postcards allowed, so i am delighted that you like one enough to keep.

FibreJunky 05/31/2012 #

Thank you for being such an awesome swap-mom! hugs

spinjenny 06/ 1/2012 #

Thank you for taking over, my friend! hugs back

spinjenny 06/17/2012 #

It is now over 2 weeks since the Send deadline for this swap. I have angelled for the partners of the participant who seems to be flaking.

If anyone else has not received after a reasonable time, bearing in mind where your partners live, please try to contact them. If you cannot resolve it between you, please PM me, as I will not be checking these comments any more.

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