You can never have too many rolls of stamps, but you can have a shortage of places to keep them.
That is my current problem (admittedly, a nice one to have): I have four rolls of of adorable stamps, three of which were just…well, rolling around my desk. You may think, “That’s too many stamps,” but it’s not my fault that the post office keeps issuing adorable animals in coils of 100.
For Christmas, my husband gave me this little beauty, an embossed metal (perhaps pewter?) box with the USPS logo on top:
(You can tell that my husband inserted the stamp roll himself. )
I wanted to buy another, but to my dismay, they are no longer sold on the USPS website, and are heavily marked up elsewhere online. Out of curiosity, I explored what other stamp dispensers people were using/selling, and found a wonderful variety:
Here’s a mid-century brass one featuring Mr. Lincoln!
Here’s one with a little scale to calculate postage!
Here’s a fancy one with half-cylindrical depressions inside to hold TWO rolls!
Here’s a little wooden mailbox!
But my window-shopping was becoming overwhelming and potentially expensive, so in spite of better judgment, I decided to make one. After all, I had some old blocks of oven-bake clay in storage, and I just needed to make a simple cylinder with a slot in the side, right? It couldn’t be that hard…
(Never mind that I have never enjoyed ceramics and almost invariably end up rage-quitting.)
I lost count of how many times I wadded up the clay and restarted the whole project, but ultimately, I ended up with this:
…I kind of like it. It’s mostly cylindrical, the lid mostly fits, the slot is mostly large enough for the stamps to pass through, and the little birds had not fallen off the last time I checked on it. And the stamps are not upside-down this time! Overall, I would count it as a rare victory over clay for me.
Now, I want to see your stamp dispensers, whether they’re fancy or simple, homemade or store-bought.
I also want to see which one(s) you would like to own (let’s assume money is no object, for fun).