The Joy of Mailed Parcels

Before I deleted all of my etsy favourites, I did manage to do a little shopping and indulge in some lovely vintage goodies. Even though I shopped at different times, as luck would have it all FOUR parcels arrived at the same time. Here’s the result of today’s mailed spoils:

This got me thinking about what I most love about receiving packages in the mail:

  • The unknown element – This is especially good when you have a few parcels arrive at once. Sure you may know what you’re expecting, but you never quite know exactly when it will turn up or which package it will arrive in.
  • A reminder of a certain moment – Whatever delight is coming your way must have seemed important enough for you to choose it at some prior point in time. This is like receiving a belated echo in response to a former thought. These reminders are especially good when parcels are coming from overseas, as they take longer to arrive.
  • Handwritten address labels in unfamiliar hand – There’s something fascinating and strange about seeing your name and address in unfamiliar handwriting. This simply adds to the mystery of what may be contained within.
  • The sound of tearing open paper parcels – This is a much less satisfying experience when opening plastic satchels. On those occasions you have to secretly hope for some tissue paper wrapping inside to achieve a similar effect.

Do you love mailed parcels too? What do you love most of all about them?


  1. Jess

    I love how shopping online you get 2 flushes of happiness – the first when you click ‘buy’ and pay for it, and the second when it arrives in the mail πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jess – Yes, online shopping is the best for getting bonus happy times! When those goodies arrive in the mail, it’s potentially more exciting than the original purchase experience … I suppose because at that point the virtual online shopping experience manifests into reality.

  2. Andrea

    For me, mail parcels are always exciting because at least you know it’s something fun and definitely not a bill!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrea – I totally agree with you on mailed parcels being great because you just know it isn’t going to be a bill … and it’s great how parcels come in all sorts of shapes and sizes … just adds to the fun and excitement I think.

  3. Erika Lee Sears

    I LOVE MAIL! I love it! Well I don’t like bills or garbage mail but I love getting packages. πŸ™‚ It’s like Christmas!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – YAY for shared mail love!! πŸ™‚
      It’s so very exciting to receive packages in the mail … it’s definitely like celebrating a little mini-Christmas of your own creating. It’s also nice when someone has bought something for you as a surprise … happy times! πŸ™‚

  4. hila

    oh I agree! but I’m saving my pennies these days, so no pretty parcels for me.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – Since my last etsy splurge a little while ago, I’ve really reduced my spending too … saving for much bigger and better things is far more important! πŸ™‚

  5. bobbi

    “Handwritten address labels in unfamiliar hand – There’s something fascinating and strange about seeing your name and address in unfamiliar handwriting. This simply adds to the mystery of what may be contained within”
    I’m so with you on this one!! And it’s so nice to imagine this thing traveling halfway around the world just to get to you. I love it.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – It’s lovely to receive a package with a hand-written address label … the connections with make with ‘virtual’ strangers in that way is a fascinating process. When you think about it, it’s really quite amazing that an international mail system works so well … some packages must travel an awfully long way to arrive at our doors … their arrival is definitely worth the wait πŸ™‚

  6. Lynne

    Some nice thoughts about parcels. Sadly I don’t get them very often. Maybe I should go shopping, then I would!
    Thank you for your lovely comments, much appreciated.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lynne – Well you don’t necessarily have to do shopping yourself to get some parcels in the mail … you could always ‘encourage’ people to buy you presents and send them on their way to you! πŸ™‚

      It’s always a pleasure to visit your site … and wonderful to have you return the visit here. πŸ™‚

  7. Mel

    I *love* parcels – I love getting post full stop – there’s always the hope that it might be fun or exciting! I especially love parcels with ‘real’ stamps on them, those with handwritten labels, those with postmarks from foreign lands…. I think it’s the promise they hold. Even if I’ve ordered something, it might not be that – it might be an unexpected gift or prize – it could be anything! (I’m such a kid about receiving mail….)

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Parcels are wonderful to receive for sure, and I totally agree with you on loving mail all together (so long as it isn’t a bill that I need to pay). I used to write a lot of letters in younger years, but now … not so much. It’s a shame really because email just doesn’t hold the same tactile charm.

      ‘The promise that they hold’ is a lovely way to describe the excitement of receiving a package … I shall reflect on that the next time one arrives in my mail! πŸ™‚

  8. Tammy

    I just like mail, personal mail….packages are the best and that’s why I went swap happy last year. I have since toned it down. But in HS, I had 26 penpals, I like mail!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Tammy – Yes, personal mail is one of life’s little joys to receive. Getting involved in swaps is a lovely way to keep a constant rotation of parcels coming your way … Wow – 26 penpals in high school – that’s incredible!! How did you ever find time to write to them all!?!! You are a truly a committed mail lover! πŸ™‚

  9. Lisa

    Vintage airmail stationary, exotic stamps, winsome colored inks, the penmanship, resplendent paper, even the golden seal… It’s all such a pleasing artistic composition. I do love things which are quite foreign-looking, and strikingly so in the writing department.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lisa – There is something so beautiful and real, and yet so mysterious and otherworldly about receiving mail from other places … in reflecting on your words I come to realise that indeed, mail IS a true work of art. There is nothing quite like receiving something written by hand or old manual typewriter … I feel that adds to the air of mailed wonder.


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