That is my new year's resolution. Do horrible things to me if I do. I might hostess small, private swaps but that would be it. If I did that, then it would have to be priority mail no matter how small the swap.
Yes, I am going to bitch and moan right now. I just finished up the skinny book swap. No more swaps for me except for the heart quilt journal a couple of months from now. I have at least 10 people who did not send me stamps or money for mailing. It will be AT LEAST $3.00 per envie. That is not counting the international mailings that I need to do. I hope they pay me. I asked specifically that people not send me recycled envies. At least 6 people did. You don't know how much of my own tape I waste trying to close recycled envelopes. Some people don't even bother to put their own address on there. Some people sent me envies way too small and had already put postage on the envelope. How do I fix that? Either I have to put it in a larger envie and pay for postage myself or stuff it into the smaller envie. Quite a few people did not send me enough postage and I had to make that up myself. It adds up when there are about 40+ people in the swap.
Some people sent me the international mail coupons. Most of the time, the people at the post office don't know how to do it or they won't take them. They make nice art backgrounds but are not worth the money for me. Some international people did not send me a return envelope, so I have to go out and buy it because I don't have any big enough from the swap. The pages from the skinny book swap were bulkier and heavier than probably most people thought they would be.
Some people did not write down what category they were in. A couple were not even listed in the swap. I figure they had multiple email addresses. Do you know what fun it is to look through a couple of hundred email addresses trying to find a specific one?
Some people did not wait for their adhesive or paint to dry. The smell knocked me over when I opened the ziplock bag. Some people put their loose postage in between the pages and then it got stuck to the pages.
Okay, I am done. I am through with hostessing swaps. I don't know what possesses me to do it in the first place. I think I get excited about trying something and then want to see how other people do it. I like to see things firsthand. It is so not worth the headache for me anymore. I don't think I will be joining many swaps either.
Okay, now that I have vented. Take a breath and don't hold it. I do want to thank the people who sent me fun stuff and wrote me nice, little notes. I know that you get a lot out of the swaps. You work very hard on them and can't wait for them to come home. I hope you enjoy the results.