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Postmark’d Studio PostBox Review + Coupon – November 2020

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoDec 19, 2020 | 4 comments

Postmark’d Studio's PostBox delivers a monthly subscription box to your door featuring a curated collection of greeting cards, postcards, artful doodads, and beautiful paper products, and always includes the postage to mail everything. By the way, our readers voted this box as one of the Best Stationery Subscriptions of 2020!

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

About Postmark'd Studio PostBox

The Subscription Box: PostBox by Postmark'd Studio

The Cost: $25/month + shipping. Save with 3-, 6-, and 12-month subscriptions!

ACTIVE DEAL: Get free shipping on your first box (MSAFS) or save $10 off your first box with a 3-month subscription (MSA404ME)

The Products: PostBox comes with greeting cards, postcards, postage, and a fun artsy doodad such as a pen, pencil, or knick-knack gadget based on a theme.

Ships to: The US for $5, Canada for $11, and 41 international countries for $17

Good to Know: You can also purchase "Special Delivery" boxes without a subscription for various prices.

Postmark'd Studio PostBox "Suc-cute-lent" Review

Not long ago, I got to have the most life-giving geek-out conversation out with Megan (who regularly reviews PostBox). Her eyes lit up as she talked about the collection of art supplies she continues to build and is running out of room for, and I matched her enthusiasm with my equivalent love of stationery and office goods. She suggested that maybe PostBox belongs with me. I held my hands to my chest and smiled so wide with my whole body that I began to blushingly tilt off the screen of our video call. And so here I am. Hi!


Due to our little last-minute switcheroo, we didn't have the chance to give Anne, the founder and curator of this box, a head's up! But how sweet is this personalized welcome greeting, with a hand-written note?


Anne explains on the info card that November's box is dedicated to plants and pencils and provides a little info about the letterpress companies whose postcards and such are represented in the box. Each seems like a tiny operation, which I love, not only as a way of introducing me to new illustrators and makers but also because I love when subscription boxes support small businesses. On the back is a little history of the pencil. I learned a thing or two!


Set of Suc-cute-lent Flat Notes by Alice-Louise Press - Retail Value $10.00 (sold separately at $2.00 each)

First up, we received a set of five flat notes with a different colored envelope for each one. They have such heartwarmingly desert hues, it's going to be hard to break them up to send them out individually! The notecards themselves each have a different succulent adorning the top, complete with embossing and a hint of color. I love how understated they are. Sometimes when I'm packing up a box of random items to mail to a friend I don't feel like I need to fill a whole card with words—the items can speak for themselves—and I don't want to waste an entire folded card on just a quick "hello." These flat cards will be perfect for that scenario.


Life Would Succ Without You Postcard by ANCORA Letterpress - Retail Value $3.00

I'm loving the fun font on this postcard! It's the overstated version of the above set, complete with a few shades of green and embossing. I have a couple of friends who are currently living internationally, and about a year ago I bought a book of international stamps so I could send them postcards often. I think postcards are a nice way to send some love when arranging phone calls across time zones is a challenge and texting feels informal.


Mailbox Postcard by Lana's Shop - Retail Value $3.50

As I've read Megan's past PostBox reviews, I've noticed that Anne always has her finger on the pulse of current social happenings, and includes items in her boxes accordingly. Such is the case with this mailbox postcard. People have been posting on social media that every adult in the US should buy 1 book of stamps and that would help the USPS out greatly. I ended up buying 6 to make up for others who might not feel called to do that, and I did it knowing I would use all the stamps before long. I have a friend whose dad works for the USPS, and I think she would love to receive this lovely watercolor art in the mail.


Succulent Notebook by Counter Culture - Retail Value $12.00

The shape of this notebook is perfect for list-making or jotting down recipes—something I do by hand when I want to halve or double a recipe. The covers are hardback and the lined pages have nice borders. I actually ended up gifting this to a neighbor of ours who just turned 13 and loves to bake & cook for her family. I had a hard time parting ways with it, but I just knew in my heart it was meant for her—sometimes the best gifts are the ones we ourselves would be pleased to receive!


Succulent Pencil Terrarium, Set Of 5 Pencils by Alice-Louise Press - Retail Value $12.00

What a clever idea. This set of 5 pencils came in a terrarium-shaped vial, each sharpened and ready to go. You can bet I have pencil sharpeners lying around, but I really liked the touch of the ready-to-go pencil. I wrapped one of these up with the notebook gift I mentioned above.


Vintage Postage 

And, finally, Anne sends a monthly envelope full of vintage stamps. She includes a card that calculates how much the stamp amounts add up to, to saves us some time and brainpower (I appreciate that in a big way)! I always thought of vintage stamps as a collector's item and was so pleased to learn from Megan that the stamps can actually be used.

Verdict: My first month with Postmark'd Studio box was a glorious experience. While right outside my window is about a foot of snow, the succulent theme brought some warmth into my home, and I'm excited to send that same warmth to my friends. While lighthearted and silly greeting cards are fun to send and receive, I liked that the cactus and succulent theme was done in a way that felt elevated and mature. I'm so thrilled to see what Anne comes up with next!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your subscription will begin with either the January or the February box.

A few more bits of info, just FYI:

  • The Christmas shipping cut-off was December 12, but gifting is still available.
  • The January PostBox will begin shipping on January 5, 2021. Act fast, as it might sell out!
  • If you don't get to the January box before it sells out, you can sign up for the February PostBox. The theme is “Hugs & Kisses.”
  • Postmark’d Studio will be closed from December 18, 2020, through January 3, 2021. They will still be accepting orders, but those orders will not ship until January 4, 2021.

ACTIVE DEAL: Get free shipping on your first box (MSAFS) or save $10 off your first box with a 3-month subscription (MSA404ME)

Value Breakdown: This box costs $25 + $5 shipping, which means that each of the 5 items in the box (minus the included Postmark'd postcard and stamps) has an average cost of $.

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Christen Russo
Christen Russo

Hi there, I'm Christen! I've been writing with MSA since 2017. I am all sorts of things: a writer, a mother, an outdoors-lover, a low-maintenance self-carer, and general hungry person.

You'll find me collecting stationery and squirreling away stickers, riding bikes and swimming with my family, creating outfits in earth tones and flowy silhouettes that make me feel amazing, wearing big earrings, drinking beer and asking my husband to feed me harmonies to sing, taking my vitamins, living for live music, roping everyone into a craft, being human and vulnerable, and celebrating the phenomenon of being alive.

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I loved my Postbox. I have sent the notecards to friends, and everyone loved them and the postage. If you are on the fence about subscribing to this, I encourage you to try it.

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Christen Russo

Yes, Dana, I second your recommendation!

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OMG adorable.

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Christen Russo

Isn’t it, though? Thanks for reading my review!

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