Thursday, September 6, 2007

Stampin' Back

I've been so excited to show you these. My big weekend purchase. My enormous bag of antique stamps... words, phrases, pictures and numbers. Found them, buried alongside old thermoses and baking soda canisters and stained hankies, in a junk shop on Saturday.

Aren't they grand?

I paid $18 for the entire bag. When first I saw them, I was on them like a fox to a chicken. But then I debated. Eighteen dollars? That's seemed steep for a bag of stamps. But there are hundreds... literally hundreds... of stamps. Some are names. There's John and Mary and George. Most are animals. I think there's bird, hen, rooster, chick, chicken and owl. And that's just in the fowl category.


There's food, too: bread, cheese, egg, milk, meat. And then there are places. Places like home, school and church.

You know that stamping/scrapbooking company Stampin' Up? (My friend Lacy is really into them and makes the sweetest cards. I keep all of them.) Well, these are like old-school Stampin' Up. More like stampin' back, I guess.

But oh, I think they are great. I've already dreamed up dozens of ways to use them. For cards, of course, and Christmas tags and household labels and little notes. Can't wait to get started.

Yep, it's the simple things, you know? It's skipping the mall and the predictable movies and spending eighteen dollars on a sack of stamps that I'll keep and use forever. That's where it's at, if you ask me.

Huh. Wonder if I can find the stamps to make a card saying that? [Smile]

15 comments:

grace said...

I should have known you like stamps. I do, too. I have several for Christmas and some with Bible verses. I love them!

Ann said...

Oh, those are such a great find! You can definitely make some unique cards and other things with those! I agree, much better to spend money on something that is worthwhile and has the ability to bless someone than to spend it on our own selfish "wants". It's all about blessing others!

Felicia said...

They look like fun :)

Adrienne said...

What a wonderful treasure you found! Have fun with them and be sure to let us see what you create. ~Adrienne~

sister sheri said...

The simple things truly are the best things! Thanks for the reminder.

Lallee said...

These are fantastic. You're going to have a blast with these stamps! I can't wait to see what you do with them. I know it will be great.

Thanks so much for the etsy purchase. A million thanks! Jeff the mailman picks it up tomorrow ;-)

betty r said...

I am so with you, Brin...I love the simple things too. You got a pretty good deal I think...you will be using these stamps for a long time to come.

betty r said...

By the way...how did your chicken and biscuits turn out? Mouth watering I'm sure, I was just hoping for some pics!

Robolady said...

I am sooo jealous. What a great find.

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

I agree. I'll go without something else to be able to purchase what I want. Eating out is a waste of good ole cash to me (I'd much rather take that cash thrifting and eat at home).

Enjoy your stamps!

Blessings,

melissa @ the inspired room said...

Well I think you hit the jackpot! Those stamps are crazy expensive, when you buy them new! Now you can have all sorts of fun!

bellacolle said...

Oh wow! Those are awesome!! Lucky you...
Very simple, usefull treasure you found.Cool!

Penless Thoughts said...

Great find! As creative as you are I can just imagine the kind of things you'll come up with.
Susan

At home with Kim Vallee said...

This is a great fine. When I was a child, my mother used to buy me lots of stamps. Too bad, I did not keep my collection. Enjoy!

Mary said...

You hit the jackpot with this find Brin! I stamp a lot and hate paying almost that much for one really good stamp - yours are not only a bargain they are vintage and like nothing you can find today. Lovely that you even have MY name among them - have fun with them - and you can even learn embossing which is beautiful!!