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Saving used STAMPS this Christmas

Hello everyone,

This is my usual gentle reminder to save the stamps from your Christmas cards for a worthy cause. Below are details from the RSPB Save the Albatross campaign, but if you don't want to give them to that or can't be bothered to send them, then most churches have collecting boxes for used stamps, or ask around if anyone else wants them. It is such a waste to just throw them away and most of us will get some foreign stamps at Christmas. I collect used stamps all the year, but please make a special effort this Christmas time. All you have to do is tear off the bit with the stamp on it and chuck it in a collecting pot/bag and you can deal with it after Christmas.

My sister was throwing an envelope with a foreign stamp away and I asked for it and told her why and she said that B (her husband, who died Sunday) had seen albatrosses when he was in the merchant navy and said they were breathtaking.

Over to what I copied from the RSPB appeal site:

'Not many people will be fortunate enough to see an albatross, but everyone can take a role in trying to help them. If everyone could be encouraged to send in their stamps to the appeal, these birds would have a brighter future. The RSPB sells stamps to dealers and an auction house. For example, 50 will buy a tori-line (bird scaring device) for a longline fishing vessel.' Sarah Kennedy, BBC Radio 2 presenter.

If possible, please separate UK and foreign stamps when you give them to us.

You do not have steam the stamp from the envelope, just tear off the corner with the stamp and send it in.

How to get stamps to us
1. Post your stamps to RSPB Stamps, PO Box 6198, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 9XT. Please do not include any other correspondence to this address.

2. People wanting to donate first-day covers or stamp albums can send them to: Save the Albatross Stamp Appeal (Special Stamps and Albums), RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy, Beds SG19 2DL.

3. If you have a large number of stamps, the most economic way for you to get them to us, is to combine delivering them with a great day out to one of our nature reserves. You can see some fabulous birds, enjoy the countryside and help the albatross all in one go. See the list on the right of our reserve visitor centres across the UK which will take stamps for you.

4. You are also welcome to drop them off at one of our regional offices.


Thanks everyone,


Posted at 29th Nov 2008 - 08:52AM   Posted by Faith   Saving used STAMPS this Christmas Comments: 11

Blossomcottage's Avatar Thanks for the info Faith will do and will ask others.
Blossom x

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 29th Nov 2008 at 09:06AM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar what an excellant idea, ours are alas already promised ad infinitum to our bank managers son who is an avid collector.

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 29th Nov 2008 at 09:26AM

Fennie's Avatar Hi Faith - I have often seen these requests - but is there really a market for ordinary used second class stamps? Maybe there is in the outer reaches of Mongolia where these things must be a rarity and where I guess there isn't much else to do after you've milked the Yak of an evening but stick them in a book. What about postal marks, though? Do these have a value? There are so many different types of non-stamp postage that I imagine a collector might find them interesting.

Posted by: Fennie on 29th Nov 2008 at 09:51AM

Faith's Avatar Well Fennie I remember Milla saying that last time I put up the request - what good is a manky ordinary 2nd class used stamp? But apparently there is.... strange to my mind, but true. I will try and put up the bit that says how much they get for them.

Posted by: Faith on 29th Nov 2008 at 10:27AM

Faith's Avatar Here it is:

We can raise money from ALL types of stamps whether they are used or un-used, UK, foreign or even first day covers. For example, we raise 1.50 per kg for UK stamps and 12.50 per kg for foreign stamps.

Posted by: Faith on 29th Nov 2008 at 10:33AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Will do thank you Faith.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 29th Nov 2008 at 11:17AM

Cait's Avatar Will do.

Posted by: Cait on 29th Nov 2008 at 04:44PM

Bradan's Avatar Thanks for this info Faith, will do.

Posted by: Bradan on 29th Nov 2008 at 05:21PM

The British Heart Foundation collect them all year round. We have a permanent collection box in our post office- oh yes, that rare thing, a rural post office.....

Posted by: @themill on 29th Nov 2008 at 07:00PM

Sumarell's Avatar This sounds such a worthy cause.
Albatross are magnificent. Here in NZ I am fortunate to live within a few miles of the only mainland breeding colony for any albatross species found in the southern hemisphere.

Posted by: Sumarell on 29th Nov 2008 at 08:03PM

Camilla's Avatar Thank you for this Faith, will do, and will let other others know too.


Posted by: Camilla on 30th Nov 2008 at 12:04AM

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