At the beginning of 2020, it was reported that the United States Postal Service would be facing bankruptcy by the end of the year
if not for additional aid and structural changes. Over 90% of Americans were surveyed to include the USPS as one of their top government agiencies- so it's no surprise that many were concerned by this news and wanting to help- with many beginning social campaigns to buy stamp sheets using the hashtag #SaveUSPS.
As many of our readers know, the USPS Stamp Store
is the best way to get new stamps online- whether for collecting or for regular mail use. Especially as the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, more and more people are relying on it for their stamp purchases. Senior PR Representative for the USPS, Sara Martin, says that "the U.S. Postal Service has observed significantly higher stamp sales through our Stamp Fulfillment Services, particularly through the mobile-friendly online Postal Store on usps.com."
However- not only does the stamp store offer a lot of collectables for philatelists, but many on Twitter are now realizing another great benefit of their online shop- merchandise!
Shortly after tweets like this went viral, items like the long-sleeved crop top sold out. While there's no news on this specific item, Martin says "Some items are restocked if the demand is there. Some are meant for shorter periods or seasonality."
If you still want to support the USPS, crop top or not, there's still a lot of items along with stamp sheets still available- here's a few of our favorites.
Halloween is a month away, and who better to dress up as than a postal worker! Your children or fur babies can emulate their favorite postal workers in these authentic costumes.
Earth Day Coasters
This past April, the USPS commemorated the 50th observance of Earth Day, first celebrated on April 22nd, 1970, with a commemorative Forever stamp
. These coasters are made from limestone and are perfect for setting your glass - or reusable water bottle - on!
1971 USPS Jeep
The USPS sells a variety of model cars and trucks based on their line of vehicles, including the van
you might see on your street six days a week. These models in particular are Jeeps used by the postal service until the 1980s, before they adopted the classic van that's still used today.
Marvin Gaye Screen-Printed Poster
The Marvin Gaye commemorative stamp was released in April 2019 to honor the life of the iconic soul singer, who would've turned 80 on that day. The USPS is still offering a variety of commemorative items
from this release- including this colorful screen-printed poster.
USPS Mail Truck Ornament
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This holiday ornament adds a little bit of sparkle to the famous USPS Mail Truck. Made from glass, this ornament adds some USPS pride to your holiday decor. This isn't the only ornament in the store- collect the mail box and Santa too!
While some items may sell out temporarily, Martin says the store is always being updated with new items- keep your eyes peeled for restocks and merchandise for the Bugs Bunny and Hip-Hop stamp series in the future! (And in those unfortunate cases when stamps or collectibles sell out for good, be sure to check the APS Stamp Store to find great re-sale items!)
Have you purchased any great gifts for yourself or others from the USPS? Be sure to share them with us on Twitter @APS_Stamps!