Where may we order postcards?
Many volunteers ask us where they may find postcards. Others want to print their own. The resources compiled here and the accompanying links were submitted by volunteers and researched by our own team. Please report links which may be out of date. Share any new resources we may not have included. Thanks for building a community with helpful tips like these!
- 100 “Be a Voter” postcards – $5.50
- 50 Blank 4″x6″ Heavy Duty 14PT Postcards with Mailing Side – $7.95
- Jot & Mark Design Your Own Postcards 4″ x 6″ Heavy Cardstock (Pack of 50) – $7.99
- Desktop Publishing Supplies offers an array of postcard cardstock. They also have an Amazon store.
- Animal Box: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists – $4.98
- Marimekko: 100 Postcards – $16.03
- Women in Science: 100 Postcards – $16.36
- Barnes & Noble has dozens of postcard collections in many themes – $10.46 and up
- The Book Depository has dozens of postcard collections in a variety of themes – $5.00 and up
- Collective Vision is run by one of our own volunteers and biggest champions – $6.00 and up
- Dover Publications has an assortment of pad format postcards with many subjects/themes. – $6.95
- On eBay, search for “postcards” or “postcards lot” or “unused postcards”
- One of our volunteers is a postcard dealer on eBay and sells both small and large lots at shows.”I can probably put together something in the 10-cent each range if you let me know what you’re looking for”.
- Vertical Printing – an Etsy Shop: Sells 4 varieties of resistance postcards – 50 cards for $6.00
- CrunchyMom, one of our volunteers and a co-founder of “Glen Rock After the March”, offers postcard bundles on Amazon (Prime 2-day free shipping) – 100 postcards for $9.97
- Etsy can be a treasure trove of postcards with a wide range of designs, quality, vintage, material, and price
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art can be a fun “window shopping” experience for many types of postcards – $6.48 and up
- All of Postcard Fair’s themed postcard collections are sold on Amazon. But, the link is their gallery where you can browse a surprising array of designs for any mood – 20 cards for $7.98
- Syracuse Cultural Workers’ site is full of postcards on sale with designs you don’t see elsewhere – 12 cards for $7.77
- Marylikespostcards offers postcards and embellishments.
- #Wethepostcard (via Curious & Company) offers high-quality, made-in-America uncoated (i.e. ink doesn’t smear) cards. The company donates 50% of their proceeds to various organizations, such as Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans for the Arts, and the ACLU. Free Shipping in the U.S. – 10 cards for $12.00
- Walgreen’s is an option to print cards using your own photos and images. They often have 50% coupons
- Vistaprint has its fans and its critics, to be sure. But, for those looking to print their own cards at high volumes to reduce the per-card cost, this is one reliable option
- You can also order the postcards with stamps directly from USPS online
Where can I download templates to print my own?
- From Us: Click Here
- Postcards from the People is a terrific resource hosting dozens of free, downloadable postcard templates
- Postcards for the Resistance has templates which *may* lend themselves more towards resistance messages to members of Congress than voters. But, they have a nice blank template with instructions on how to add any suitable, voter-friendly image you might have to print a nice 2-up or 4-up set of postcards
- Progressive Postcards offers free downloads, but their designs may not be benign enough for friendly election reminders to voters. Please choose wisely
- Woke Giant provided a dozen or so designs for folks to use with The Ides of Trump action in early 2017. So, nearly all of these designs are going to be too edgy for friendly election reminders to voters. But, if you have a Member of Congress to write, you may find something suitable here
- Volunteer Laura D. sells postcard templates on her Etsy store with all profits used toward postcard campaign costs – 5 templates for $10
How can I print my own postcards?
- Option 1: Use one of our shared templates. They generally print 4 to a 8.5×11 page. Then cut.
- Option 2: Download one of our templates and upload/take it to a print shop (Vistaprint, Staples, The UPS Store, FedEx Office, etc.) Check out this Google Search for “Postcard Printing”. Many of these services do other sizes besides 4 to a page.
Where can I find postcard stamps or plain postcards with stamps printed on them?
- Does spending 20% less on your postage sound good to you? At the risk of this turning into an infomercial, we invite you to check out one of our own volunteer writers’ Etsy shop (Anna Z. Etsy Store: Vintage Postage Stamps and More) where Anna Z. offers bundles of vintage, mint, unused U.S. postage stamps.
- You can order online from USPS (Pre-Stamped Postcards or Postcard Stamps)
Do we have a resource list for purchasing creative postcards?
- YES. Click Here to order “Postcards To Voters” postcards from CollectiveVision.us
What are the USPS size and thickness parameters for postcards?
- For details, see the USPS website.
- To qualify for mailing at the First-Class Mail postcard price, it must be: Rectangular, At least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick, and no more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick. As a guide, most index cards are thick enough. Make sure your mailpiece meets the minimum thickness requirement. Thin, flimsy pieces tend to get caught in mail processing equipment. If your mailpiece gets damaged in the equipment, then your message doesn’t reach your voters.
- For standard postcards: Must be rectangular. Maximum size: 6 inches long by 4-1/4 inches high by .016 inch thick. These cost $0.35 to mail (postcard stamp)
- For large postcards: Maximum size: 11-1/2 inches long by 6-1/8 inches high by 1/4 inch thick. These cost $0.50 to mail (regular first class mail)
- You can mail odd-shaped cards, but we suggest you confirm postage requirements with the post office before investing a lot of time in creating and addressing these.
What are the postal restrictions for decorations? Stickers? Glitter? Fabric?
- USPS Website: Sizes for Postcards
- Anything that makes the card not “flat,” makes it harder for the post office processing. Flat stickers should be fine. You should leave ½” blank at the bottom of the card (on the side with the address) for the post office to put their barcode label.
What do I write on a postcard? Are there standard talking points and/or Election Day info given along with the address assignments? Or are talking points based on our own research/point of view?
When you request addresses from Postcards to Voters, we will provide talking points and addresses. The talking points are the ones that the campaign has requested. You are welcome to make the wording feel more your style, but we do need you to stick with the talking points provided.
I see a lot of postcards that deviate from the talking points to a greater or lesser degree. What is permissible and what isn’t?
We ask all writers to please stick to the talking points. You can paraphrase, make it your own, but don’t change the meaning or the facts. In addition, please don’t embellish with information that is not in the talking points.
Do I sign my name?
Only sign your first name or initials. Never include return address, your own email address, your last name, or your social media handle or account name. Signing your full name is a security risk, and we wouldn’t want anything to happen to you.
To whom do I address the card?
Since we do not write the voters’ names, pick one of these or something similarly neutral: Important Voter; VIP Voter; Best Voter Ever; Valued Voter; Essential Voter; Esteemed Voter
Is it good to say “Hello from Cincinnati” or wherever you’re writing from, or is this more likely to make them bristle and perceive it as outsiders trying to influence their election?
Yes, your greeting can be whatever you’d like it to be. Feedback from voters who’ve received our postcards shows they appreciate the effort by others who care about their election. After all, we are ALL Americans.
I’m not very artistic. Is it worth it for me to just write boring (but informative) postcards?
Yes! You can be as creative or as boring as you want, as long as the required information is there.
Can I pre-write postcards to save time?
Your supplies, postage and time are valuable to our cause, and we don’t want them to go to waste. We ask that you do not write postcards in advance without the voter addresses already having been assigned to you, as we may run out of addresses by the time you request more.
How do we let you know when we have successfully completed and mailed our list?
Once you become a “verified” writer, we do not require you to let us know when you’ve completed and mailed the list. All we ask is that you mail your postcards within 3 days of receiving the addresses.
What are some tips on hosting a postcard party?
The biggest objective of hosting a postcard party is to write a lot of postcards. Anything you can do to make it easy for people will help.
- Please request your addresses 2 days prior to the scheduled party date, by either emailing us at postcards@TonyTheDemocrat.org or by Clicking Here
- Urge your party writers to become approved writers themselves, by emailing us a photo of one of their postcards from the party to postcards@TonyTheDemocrat.org
We suggest you select a location with plenty of room for people to write (either at home or out in public is fine). If you’re arranging an event in a restaurant, we suggest you check with the manager first to make sure they don’t mind that you bring a group.
- Provide as many of the tools to make actually writing the cards easy: postcards, pens (lots of colors makes it extra fun!), stamps (it’s totally reasonable to ask people to contribute to the cost of the stamps), addresses, talking points, etc. Extra copies really help, so there are plenty to go around. You can divide addresses onto separate pages so everyone can get their own page (just remember to have them mark off the ones they’ve written to avoid duplicates).
- Snacks and drinks really help. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but postcard writing can be hard work. A bowl of mini chocolate bars or cookies, and even water somehow help reduce the stress level. If you’re meeting at a restaurant, ask people to buy something to support the business.
- Wine, or other adult beverages may help as well, in moderation of course. You don’t want your hard work to look like your drunk fraternity sister wrote it.
- Be sure to review the cards the people write to make sure they follow the rules.
- And then don’t forget to mail the cards promptly!