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Used Stamps

(14 Posts)
tanith Tue 20-Jan-15 16:15:56

I have an envelope full of used stamps , are there any charities I could pass these on to?

Charleygirl Tue 20-Jan-15 16:33:16

Me ditto tanith. I also have pairs of glasses- very old fashioned but not a scratch on them. I hate to throw them away.

Elegran Tue 20-Jan-15 16:38:16

I used to help at the MS Therapy Centre Lothian: 40c Swanfield, Bonnington Road, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 5RX. At that time they collected used stamps to help with fundraising - it is funded almost entirely by donations. Thay had an arrangement with a local stamp shop to buy the stamps. It didn't make a vast amount, but every little helps.

Ther only problem was that if the stamps are packed loosely in the envelope, they all squish up to one end so that when it goes through the machine at the sorting office it comes up as a thick package and needs more postage - and they have to pay for this at their end as excess postage. It can be more than the stamps are worth.

Elegran Tue 20-Jan-15 16:46:10

A lot of opticians will take unwanted glasses. They are checked over and sent to places where opticians are few and far between. Specsavers does, and I think Boots does too.

rosequartz Tue 20-Jan-15 19:22:47

Someone posted about used stamps before Christmas I think

Pittcity Tue 20-Jan-15 19:24:15

Count The Kicks, a charity that advises pregnant women, have local collectors who can recycle stamps, biscuit wrappers and other household waste.

Charleygirl Tue 20-Jan-15 22:19:18

Elegran thanks for that. I had asked my own optician but no joy there but he is a one man band. I may enquire at a larger Boots 2 miles away, it seems such a waste to get rid of them.

Charleygirl Tue 20-Jan-15 22:22:32

tanith I have just had a flash of brilliance. I am 100% certain that my vet's surgery saves them and it is not far from where you live. I have to go there tomorrow with Tara so I will find out.

tanith Tue 20-Jan-15 22:30:23

Ok Charleygirl I'll be happy to pass them on to you..

tanith Tue 20-Jan-15 22:31:01

I meant to say I'll be happy to pass them on to them... thanks let me know.

MiniMouse Wed 21-Jan-15 19:01:44

If anyone feels so inclined, they can send used stamps to:

Cats Protection Horsham
P O Box 466
West Sussex
RH12 1XN

The stamps are sold on and the funds raised go towards rescuing and rehoming cats.

Wheniwasyourage Wed 21-Jan-15 19:25:12

We used to take our used stamps to the local Red Cross shop but they don't take them any more. However the Oxfam shop in the next town does. Anyone who does take them suggests that you should cut round them, leaving about 1cm all round.

lizhar Sun 01-Feb-15 07:23:13


I collect used stamps for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Please message me for my address. Thank you.

tanith Sun 01-Feb-15 09:38:26

Thanks lizhar but I am taking them somewhere local to me but thanks anyway.