Monday, January 18, 2010

The Ultimate Postcard Bargain

Where do you go to buy postcards? You can buy them at antique stores, garage sales, auctions or online. If you're looking for something specific, online auctions and websites are probably your best bet. But, if your interests are broader and you love a variety of postcards, there's another great option; it's what I call the 20-cent bin. This is especially great if you're just starting to collect postcards and don't know exactly what you want.

Postcard clubs often have boxes where members can deposit their unwanted postcards. These postcards are then available for sale to other members and visitors, often for 10 or 20 cents each. The proceeds help to support the postcard club. I am always surprised at the treasures I find in these boxes. They may not be in mint condition, but they are treasures nonetheless.

Here are some of the cards I have rescued from the 20-cent boxes (the first one alone has given me at least $2 worth of laughs):

I am a member of two postcard clubs, the Webfooters, where I bought these fine cards for a total of 80 cents and the San Francisco Bay Area Post Card Club. Unfortunately, I don't live close enough to San Francisco to attend any of their meetings, but I like to support this club because they have a great newsletter and a fantastic website. Their reference links are amazing. Without their website, I never would have known that there are people who specifically collect corset postcards or that there is a Virtual Corkscrew Museum Postcard Gallery. I also noticed that one of the newer members in one of these clubs specifically collects postcards with accordions on them (there must be a law against that.)

Here are some other postcard clubs (in no particular order) that might interest you:
The Taconic Postcard Club (Yorktown Heights, NY)
Rhode Island Postcard Club, North Providence, RI
Twin City Postcard Club (Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN)
Tropical Postcard Club (Pompano Beach, FL)
Norske Postkortsamlere (Oslo, Norway)


  1. great post! i pick most of my cards up from market stalls mostly always on the look out for a bargain but have also splashed out on some special things on auction sites too! btw - LOVE the first well spent ;-)

  2. Das Racing- Auto und vor allem sein Fahrer sind ja großartig. er scheint viel Spaß zu haben.

  3. Christine,
    Would you happen to have handy a connection to a postcard club in Kansas? I have quite a few street views, real photos, of Marion, Kansas, that I think a serious collector would really like.

  4. Hi Trishia,
    I put down all the postcard clubs I know about, but I'm sure there are a lot more. Most of them probably don't have websites.

  5. Love that first one, so quirky.



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