A Pair of Flip Flops is 13 Ounces or Less

07.14.11

Since starting my series about happy mail, I have heard a suggestion from a few of you I’ve been dying to try. And finally this week I did it. I mailed a flip flop.
Just four stamps, and in the big blue box it went.
The other flip flop goes out next week.

and incase you’d like to see a little more, here is my favorite fun mail inspiration from the archives (or follow my 13 oz or less Pinterest board, or see it all right here):

A Disposable Camera | A Sponge | A Tube of Bert’s Bees | A Wreath and Twinkly Lights | A Disguise | School Supplies | A Pair of Flip Flops | A Big Ball | Plastic Eggs 1 and 2 | Silly Putty |Shovel & a Bucket | Ribbon Sticks | Bubblewrap Hopscotch | Fan Mail | Waterbottle Care Package | Bouncy Balls | Sticky Notes | Jr Mints | Frisbee | Mini Banner and Mini m&ms

find postage rates for happy mail right here along with other mailing details

 

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Tammy July 14, 2011 at 5:57 am

Awesomeness!

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Susan R. July 14, 2011 at 6:17 am

This is so cute. Do you send them one at a time so that the receiver gets a pair, or is it just something fun to send the one flip flop? Do the stamps stay on the flip flop?

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AmberLee July 14, 2011 at 7:28 am

Hi Susan,
Thanks for the note! Yes, I just mailed them off one by one. On different days. I thought the anticipation would add to the fun.

And I was a little nervous about the stamps, but they seemed to stick well enough. You could also have it metered at the post office counter, I’m not sure if they’re printed stickers are extra sticky. But I loved the pretty stamps.

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Hannah July 14, 2011 at 6:38 am

I didn’t manage to take a picture, but after reading your post on the big ball, I was inspired to pick up something for my sister who works at a summer camp – this week I mailed her a barrel of monkeys! I think it was about $2.50 to mail… thanks for the inspiration, this world truly needs more happy mail!

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AmberLee July 14, 2011 at 7:26 am

Hannah! That is genius. a barrel of monkeys is the best idea ever. What a great thing to find in the mailbox.

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Naomi July 14, 2011 at 7:01 am

I second Susan’s question, did you send the other flip flop? Also I love the bright cheery colors of both the flip flop and the stamps. So pretty!

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Hil July 14, 2011 at 7:07 am

You are so cute, I love this! The picture of you is gorgeous. This is the perfect way to share a bit of summer with friends and family who aren’t close by!

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AmberLee July 14, 2011 at 7:28 am

Thanks, Hil! You are too sweet. I made my 8-year-old come with me to snap the pic. It’s very handy having kids that are picture taking age. She is such a good sport.

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Maureen July 14, 2011 at 7:51 am

I have two questions:
1. Can you have writing on the back? (I was thinking of rubber cementing a baby shower invite printed onto a transparency.)
2. What was the size of the flip-flop?
TOTALLY inspired by this. THANKS for sharing!

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AmberLee July 15, 2011 at 9:25 am

Hi Maureen!

Yes. You can have writing on the back. Just make sure your return address is on the same side with the mailing address and the stamps.
Ooh, good question on the size, I think it might have been a size 2 or 3, for a 12-yr-old girl.

Good luck! It sounds like so much fun!

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SamanthaLee July 14, 2011 at 8:15 am

As usual Amber, your 13 oz. or less mail is genuis. And for me the happy part was seeing you about to put a flip flop in the mail box! Smile.

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abby July 14, 2011 at 8:41 am

I LOVE this series. I have loved mail since moving off to the dorm. I mailed my kids balls last week. Both the postwoman and my kids were excited about them. This week we may try flip flops and a pail to a friend that is joining us for a week at the beach. Love it!!

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AmberLee July 15, 2011 at 9:24 am

Thanks for your sweet note, Abby! And I’m totally with you, I’ve been a long time fan of mail. It always takes a little time, but it’s always so worth it, right?

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Diane @ Longaberger Lifestyle July 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Suzzie July 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Every single time I see you mail something it makes my day. Love it!

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AmberLee July 15, 2011 at 9:21 am

Suzzie, you are too sweet. Thanks for your note and brightening my day!

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caitlin czirban July 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm

got to try this~ and im going to the dollar bin at target to get more ideas.. i’ll let you know what i find :)))

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AmberLee July 15, 2011 at 9:21 am

Caitlin! Thanks for your note! I can’t wait to hear what you come up with.

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Halle G July 15, 2011 at 6:39 am

Too fun! I’m going to have to try something like this soon. So glad you took photos!

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Michelle July 18, 2011 at 5:23 am

Fun!! :)

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caitlin czirban July 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

K! what about play-doh… fly swatter, “flying by to say hi!”

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whitni July 22, 2011 at 9:05 pm

When you are mailing something new, do you take it into the post office for them to give you the correct postage or do you just guess and then mail it off in a mailbox?

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AmberLee July 26, 2011 at 11:24 am

Hi Whitni!
Thanks for the note! I’ve done both. You can always just check out the 1st class package postage rates (different from the letter postage rates) and just stick on enough stamps to add up. Good luck!!

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Andrea August 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm

One of my friends forwarded the link to your blog because I love fun stuff and mailing surprises. I LOVE this idea and series!! Thanks for being awesome!

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bit of green August 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Hahaha! You’re amazing! Your 13 ounces or less series get funnier and funnier!
Oh, by the way, I received a bottle of goodies (like those you exchanged with your friend Sherry) from a very good friend of mine (I showed her your post one day and many weeks later I got my happy mail!); it totally made my day!

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Paula September 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Love your ideas. My fun mail was a catchup bottle. I used as an invitation to a BBQ. The sticker on the outside said “Let’s Catchup”

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AmberLee September 14, 2011 at 11:04 am

Paula! I love the Let’s Catchup idea. Too awesome. Hmm. I wonder if it’s too late to have a barbecue…

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TaraElisabeth September 17, 2011 at 6:03 pm

i LOVE THIS – my hubby & i are going to do this & mail some to our niece. I laughed till I cried thinking about her getting the mail & wondering why she got a shoe. lol
Amazing :)

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Erika October 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I saw your 13 oz mail series on A Girl and a Glue Gun and immediately wondered if I could mail my sister a pair of flip flops, before I saw this post. Thanks for the great tips on what to mail!

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AmberLee October 18, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Erika! We must be kindred spirits! Good luck with your mailing!

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Vannessa November 10, 2011 at 9:35 am

This is an awesome idea! I’m a super proud teacher with several ex-students off in college now and would love to send them a little treat here and there to encourage them.
Any ideas for “Fun College Mail”?

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Marie Spruce January 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I thought about this and what if you sent one to your friend and you had one, like BEST FRIENDS FLIP FLOPS!!

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lindsey March 4, 2012 at 6:59 am

http://granddelusions.blogspot.com/. made my friend’s day. thanks for the idea

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Dolores March 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Even though I love this idea, my first concern is that the straps on the flip flop could get caught in machines during processing. Does the post office just handle it differently, like not use a machine? Doesn’t that cost extra?

I am sending a kids vinyl pencil bag (it’s about 7 1/2 in. by 9 1/2 in.) with flat goodies inside and I am worried about the zipper, so I taped it with duct tape, folded it over and sealed it with clear packing tape. Should I not even worry about that?

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Nichole March 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I just sent three flip flops off today for some college girls. I caused quite a stir at the post office! It was funny. I ended up putting the address on the back of the flip flops (forgot which side to use)….hoping the postage stays on. Thanks for the super fun idea. I can’t wait to hear the girls’ reactions!

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Trish April 20, 2012 at 8:17 am

My teenage daughter’s birthday is at the end of this month and I have enlisted family and friends from all over the country to send her Happy Mail. Some are doing things they have seen on your blog and others are just using their imagination. She has no idea these will be coming, but it is going to be fun to watch her at the mailbox next week. :)

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Aimee June 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

thank you so much for this GREAT idea!!!
we sent our happy mail this week to friends that we will be visiting this summer… we sent flip flops and a shovel/pail with invitations to go to the beach when we arrive.

my daughters also wrote a joke on the bottom of the shoes. one shoe the joke the other the answer…
we sent one shoe on Tuesday and will be sending the other shoe on Friday

as a side note our postman was a bit taken aback at first but after a moment he was really amused. he even said that he would be writing about us in his journal that night :)

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Jillian Brosius June 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

You, my dear, are a genius! I cannot wait to send my girlies Happy Mail while they spend summer vacation at Grandma’s & Grandpa’s! The flip flops are perfect and oh so cute!!!

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Michele July 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm

This is the coolest, most exciting, fun idea I’ve seen or heard of in a long time. I have always loved mail and had pen pals when I was younger. I have always been under the impression that mail had to be in a flat package or box (or as close to flat as possible). What a whole new world this is for me! Thanks so much, the pictures are wonderful!!!

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Mrs. Gray July 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I’m so excited to send my nephews some flip flops! I can’t wait to hear about their arrival! Thanks for the inspiration!

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Angie July 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Do you think this would work to send something to Canada or does it only work within the US? Curious as I have a couple nieces who live in Quebec that it would be fun to mail these kind of things to.

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AmberLee August 15, 2012 at 7:00 am

Angie,
I have had a few Canadian readers say they thought this kind of mail may not work to mail in Canada, only because the inexpensive mail rate there is for flat envelopes only. So I am really not sure about something mailed here that goes to Canada. If you try and find out, I would LOVE to hear!

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Amy October 2, 2012 at 8:54 am

I used to work at the part of the post office where people have to hand “key” unreadable mail.
Yeah, people with that job pretty much want to punch people like you in the throat. No offense.
You’re adding to costs.
You might not mind but other people do.
Just because the post office will deliver something doesn’t mean they like it when you screw with the mail. Please stop!

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AmberLee October 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm

thanks for your comment, Amy. I always appreciate hearing both sides of the story and think an honest conversation is the best thing. i am not sure how you came across my post, but thanks for taking a moment to weight in. I did discuss this in another post, and my feelings on it. And as a side note, I do know a thing or two about tedious jobs, I used to be one of those inventory personnel who counts entire hardware store isles of bagged bolts or beauty supply isles of hair clippies and and bobby pins from 11 pm to….whenever it was done.

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Dee Dee October 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

Did the flip flops reach their destination? Curious to know. Great ideas and thank you for sharing.

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AmberLee October 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Hi Dee Dee,
Thanks for the note! And yes, they made it!! So far everything I’ve sent has made it. I’m knocking on wood!

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Krystina January 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I loved this idea so much that I went and got a pair to send to my best friend this summer while away working as a camp counselor. When I handed it to the mail lady in the camp office, I got this look of interest yet shock. I had to explain it to her but after explaining that I had send mini metal mailboxes earlier on in the summer to my friends and the reactions they had, it made her day.

I love the idea of sending these. I just haven’t had any brilliant ideas come to mind as to what to send since the summer.

~Krystina

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Robin P January 17, 2013 at 8:39 am

I’m going to do this as a party invites for my daughters party. Send out just the right flip flop, and they have to come to the party to get the left!

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Jackie January 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm

OMG!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS!!! I am going on vacation with several other couples this summer and I will start mailing them flip flops, buckets & balls NOW! They are going to LOVE it too! Thanks!

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Eleanor Mills February 5, 2013 at 9:29 am

Yes! It worked!! I mailed this awesome idea to my best friend in Hawaii and it actually made it! No one would mail it for me from the post office, they didn’t believe me, but they weighed it so I just took it home and slapped the stamps on and crossed my fingers! The key is just getting the stamps to stick, but everything else went off without a hitch! Thanks a ton for the idea, I can’t wait to send her more things…
Check it out, Colorado to Hawaii!! http://pinterest.com/pin/30962316160366207/

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Lynette March 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

We did this for our friends. Mailed one that says the other will meet you on the cruise. Very cool. I did a test mail to my daughter she got hers. The others went out today, I’m so excited for them to get them.

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