Who doesn't love getting something fun in the mail? How many of us used to go to the mailbox as a child hoping for a letter or a card in the mail? Personally I would watch out my window waiting for the red flag on our mailbox to drop. That surefire sign that the postman had visited my home.
I seldom received mail even on my birthday but that part of me who believed in magic and fairy tales also believed someday I would find a delightful surprise in the mailbox. My favorite time of year for mail was December. I knew once Thanksgiving was over the Christmas cards would start arriving.
I still recall the excitement to see the assorted colors and sizes of the envelopes. Occasionally we would get a fancy envelope that had a foil like lining. Those fancy envelopes were like discovering a buried treasure. Once I took them inside I sometimes was allowed to open them. Each one was like receiving a special present. Some people sent religious cards, some sent cartoon characters, others were landscapes and as I got older many sent family photo cards. It didn't matter to me. I reviewed each card and sat in awe of something so precious being delivered directly to my door.
As I grew up and started receiving mail at my own home I occasionally dreaded the mailbox. There were days when I would avoid it at all costs. It was bound to hold a bill for an untold sum that I had no idea how I would pay it. My rational was if I never saw it , the mail didn't exist.
Obviously that was not the greatest or most mature way to deal with bills. The thing is for a while I lost the magic of what the mailbox could hold. I still was pleasantly surprised when a card or present would arrive but with technology changing I stopped receiving and sending letters. In time the holidays became the only time I enjoyed retrieving my mail.
Now, as I am even older I have begun to recapture the magic of mail. I may not get letters or cards in the mail but I do get monthly presents of a sort. Through box subscriptions everyone can get a box of the perfect items based on your interest.
I think most of us know about Netflix. Originally you would pay a monthly due and put a list of movies you wanted to see on your list and they arrived in your mail. You could keep the movie as long as you wanted then send it back with free shipping to receive the next movie on your list.
Then a few years ago I started a position that required professional dress. After years of wearing scrubs to work I had little to no business clothes. I came across a website where you could rent clothes. Just like Netflix, Gwynnie Bee lets you three items at a time for just $95. You may keep each item a long as you want and then you return it in a pre-paid bad to receive your next item on your list. They often have your first month free. There a many sites where you can rent clothes and/or accessories but Gwynnie Bee was the only one to offer plus size clothes.
I used their services until I was able to build up a wardrobe. Now that I have a closet full of lovely clothes I no longer have a need for the service but while I did use it, each box I received was like unwrapping a present. They have the clothes wrapped in purple tissue paper which adds to the feeling of opening a present.
Next I tried my hand with box subscriptions for my granddaughter. For about twenty dollars a month a box of toys, healthy treat and fun items were sent to her. She began getting very excited to get the box each month. It became a special thing for her. I would have continued with it and added a box for my grandson unfortunately the company shut down.
Then I went on to try Graze. For about $15 a month you receive 8 healthy snacks. I found that the snacks were helpful in keeping to a more Balanced diet. The snacks are portioned to ensure you eat only one portion. I don't know about you but if I had a box of Cheez-its in front of me I would eat the whole box even though I know I shouldn't and I'm not really hungry. Graze puts together healthy snacks that will keep you satisfied until your next meal. I liked that you can go in a put in your preferences as well as your allergies. I only stopped my subscription because I have switched to a paleo diet and they don't offer paleo snacks. If /when they do I would re-subscribe to their service as it was cost effective and a healthy tool to manage my portion control.
Last month I decided since I was going to give this blog my attention and really devote myself to making it a success that I would have to find book subscriptions. When I googled book subscriptions I found a few that looked interesting and were a reasonable price.
My parameters for my search was books and coffee, of course. I came across Blue Spider's Attic.
Blue Spider's Attic advertises "Books & Coffee delivered to your door every month. All of the magic of a used bookstore, delivered"
Each box is supposed to contain "Three secondhand novels, one full-pot sample of delicious coffee (ore several bags of hot tea, depending on preferences), two or more bookish treasures, one of which is handmade"
When you sign up you are asked to choose your favorite genres. They do note that they don't stock romance novels (which are my favorites). The choice was Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery/suspense, Horror/Thriller, I'll read anything or Literary/Mainstream Fiction.
I selected Mystery/Suspense.
Then you are asked to choose coffee, tea or either.
I selected coffee, of course.
After agreeing to their policies and procedures and putting in my credit card info. I paid the $19.99 plus shipping for a total of $26.99 I was signed up to receive my first box. Look for a review of the box under reviews later this week.
Note: I did not receive any compensation from any vendor mentioned in this article. I paid for my subscriptions in full and will write a review of the book subscriptions without any compensation.