On my recent trip to Idaho I wanted to send a postcard home to family. However, I didn’t want to just send a boring paper postcard. I came up with the idea of mailing an actual Idaho potato with my message written on it. My friends didn’t think the postal service would mail it, but I didn’t let that stop me. I bought my potato, scrubbed it clean, let it dry, wrote my message on it with my Sharpee and headed to the post office. To my friends surprise, they were willing to mail it. There was only one glitch in the whole thing, it weighed more than a pound, so the postal stickers that needed to be placed on it were too big for the potato size. I wanted to share my story to ignite creative ideas to mail cards and postcards to friends and family when you’re on your next vacation away…
- be sure your object is under one pound
- don’t assume they will or will not mail a certain item, ask
- make sure your surfaces are cleaned well so postage will stick to surface
- use a Sharpee pen so your message/address doesn’t smear off
- Mail an object as your postcard that has to do with the area you are visiting. Think coconuts for Hawaii, apples for New York, potatoes for Idaho…you get the idea!
- If you’re feeling more technically creative, use an app like Cards by Apple, to mail a photo postcard right from your smart phone.