How to Collect Used Stamps for Charity

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How to Collect Used Stamps for Charity
Stamps (post stamps image by Svetlana Kashkina from

If you are considering different charity fund-raising opportunities, you might want to find out a little more information about collecting used stamps for charity. There are many companies, especially in the UK, which will pay for bulk quantities of used stamps. There are many charities that accept bulk collections of used stamps that they then sell. Collecting used stamps is easy if you know how to do it properly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Instruct participants to bring in stamps that are still attached to the paper backing, such as the envelope or package. A border of about 4mm to 8mm should be left around the stamp. There should be no excess materials attached to the stamp other than the 4mm to 8mm of paper backing.

  2. 2

    Sort stamps to maximise the financial potential. Stamps should be sorted into one bag of stamps from the UK and one bag of stamps from all other countries. Encourage your collectors to find sources of foreign stamps to include in the collection. They might ask for donations from organisations that deal with international businesses.

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    Collect all stamps and place in them in one big sack.

  4. 4

    Collect as many stamps as possible. Most companies who buy used stamps do so in bulk and pay by weight. The more stamps you can collect, the more money you can raise for charity.

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