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    Save your used stamps and raise money for charity. Better than throwing them in the bin!

    Used stamps - as in the type you get on letters and parcels - are seemingly useless and normally get thrown out, however, they can raise money for a number of charities.

    Highstreet charity stores such as Marie Curie cancer care, Help the aged, RNIB and Oxfam to name a few will accept the stamps in the stores and make money from them.

    I am not sure of the exact way they make money, but I'm pretty sure they sell them on to collectors. Even standard 1st and 2nd class stamps are gratefully received.

    You need to make sure that you leave a margin at the side of the stamp so it does not get damaged.

    There is a bit of info here: intelligentgiving.com/how…mps

    This costs you nothing, takes no time at all and can make a difference. Spread the word!

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    I always have saved them as a friend of my daughters passes them onto guide dogs for the blind. :thumbsup:

    Its just a shame what happens to them imo, the charities box them up and sell them to stamp dealers for £30ish a box, dealers then sort out all the unfranked ones and sell them for anywhere between £200 - £2000 depending on how many unfranked are in the box, usually just dump the franked ones or sell for £1 a bag full.
    I know the charities can't sell the unfranked as strictly speaking its illegal, but just seems a shame that they get next to nothing and the dealer gets rich.

    suze;2268254

    I always have saved them as a friend of my daughters passes them onto … I always have saved them as a friend of my daughters passes them onto guide dogs for the blind. :thumbsup:


    Top girl! I worked for them for 10 years....!

    Original Poster

    I just thought I'd mention it here, not all people know and some forget over the years! Could be good for parents to get children involved in cutting them out and realising we can do small things to help charity and other people. I used to love cutting/ripping the stamps out of the letters when I was younger.

    I always save them, but never know where to send them to. Thanks for the info. :thumbsup:

    Lulu'sMammy;2268289

    Top girl! I worked for them for 10 years....!



    Did you!!

    You are full of surprises Lulu :thumbsup:

    A very worthwhile cause

    Original Poster

    masterbrown;2268285

    Its just a shame what happens to them imo, the charities box them up and … Its just a shame what happens to them imo, the charities box them up and sell them to stamp dealers for £30ish a box, dealers then sort out all the unfranked ones and sell them for anywhere between £200 - £2000 depending on how many unfranked are in the box, usually just dump the franked ones or sell for £1 a bag full.I know the charities can't sell the unfranked as strictly speaking its illegal, but just seems a shame that they get next to nothing and the dealer gets rich.



    I didn't know that. But at least it's £30 for the charity that otherwise would have ended up in the bin. Better than nothing in my opinion.

    great info just been looking for extra ways to earn money for a charity i am involved with, thanks

    suze;2268300

    Did you!!You are full of surprises Lulu :thumbsup:A very worthwhile cause


    I was a trainer in Essex, after 3 years i had turned into a proper girl with long painted nails, and a tan naomi campbell would be proud of...so i did a runner!!

    Lulu'sMammy;2268316

    I was a trainer in Essex, after 3 years i had turned into a proper girl … I was a trainer in Essex, after 3 years i had turned into a proper girl with long painted nails, and a tan naomi campbell would be proud of...so i did a runner!!



    .........in your white stillettoes I bet !!!! ;-)

    (hope I've spelt that right!!)

    yes we save the stamps religiously, OH takes them to someone at work to take to her charity.

    My mum's a cleaner in a few offices in my area so gets all the staff to save her the stamps, we've got tons! they go towards a blind dog charity via the local youth group. She also does the bottle tops for charity, even though i heard it's a scam.

    Original Poster

    It's just such an easy, cheap (free), quick way to help, I'm SO pleased so many people know about it and if this thread encourages one person to start, or tell friends then yay!

    Original Poster

    bump for a good cause. Hope i'm allowed to do that!

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