If you're not in my circles (stationery/wedding) you may not keep apprised of postal service updates. But, if you're in the biz, it's likely you have your finger on the USPS pulse, too. If I didn't have limited discretionary income, I'd spend my savings on stock-piling some of the current beauties for sale. Read more below about what I'm loving for snail mail these days.
A Love-ly Bunch
Oh, Rifle Paper Company, you can do no wrong! This forever stamp is perfect for valentine's day, weddings, save the dates, really any occasion. It'd really pop against a springy-colored envelope.
This classic painting brings back so many fond art class memories. I've always loved this image, and it's apropos for any letter sent longingly to a far away friend or family member. The wistful hope is visceral in this Wyeth painting. Such a lovely one. You can get a full set of his paintings through USPS.
An Insider Trick
These old-timely looking classics are the trick up a stationer's sleeve. If you're wanting to go for vintage stamps, but can't quite swing the cost of a whole set for each envelope, then mix one of these in and don't worry about collecting too many other pricier stamps to round out the look.
Love Is in the Air
I still love this 'skywriting' goody for its typographic quality and homage to a time when penning messages across the sky was a popular (and romantic) way to express affection. This was crated by Louise Filli and Jessica Hische, and takes its part in a long line of 'love stamps.' The USPS started issuing stamps in this series in 1973.
This Meyer Lemon 2 cent stamp is great for supplementing lesser-value stamps. It also comes in a handful of other fruits (strawberries, pears, and apples) and is perfect for spring and summertime correspondence.