Valentine Exchange 2011 - sign up now!

For those of you who haven’t played before: it’s what we used to do in elementary school, only with postage and better cards. In other (mostly BrattiAtti’s) words, we exchange real Valentine’s Day cards with other participating members and get a flood of fun mail instead of the usual ads and bills.

For your reference, here’s last year’s thread, which, in turn, contains links to previous threads.

[li]If you are currently registered on the SDMB AND if you are at least eighteen years of age at this moment, you may participate.[/li][li]To participate, you must send the following information to[/li][list=*]Real life name (optional for those who don’t care if mail is addressed to their board name)
[li]SDMB user name[/li][li]Mailing address[/li][li]Number of valentines you can mail.[/li][li]U.S. and Canadian members: indicate whether you’re willing to mail outside the U.S. and Canada.[/ol][/li][li]Send your e-mail by 11:59pm Eastern time on Sunday, January 30th.[/li][li]Optional e-card clause: I will make one list of email addresses from those of you who give permission to share that information with the rest of the group. Participation in the e-card exchange is not compulsory; however, if you put your email on the list, it would be nice if you sent out e-cards, too. Because this part is strictly voluntary, there are no quantity requests permitted for e-cards. Emailed cards are NOT to replace your assigned in-real-life cards. There will be no exceptions to this rule.[/li][li]Gender specifications/requests and other limiting requests (other than number to be sent) are not permitted and will not be honored. So, there! :p[/li][li]I’ll slice and dice information and distribute it no later than Saturday morning, February 5 (it is a pain in the patootie to do this, and takes much longer than I estimate, so I’m giving myself what I hope is lots of time; feel free to ask if I’m working on this during the week of the 31st.)[/li][/LIST]As far as the mailed cards go, it’s up to you what to send. Store bought cards are okay; homemade cards are fine, too. If you want to go wild and crazy with the glitter, go for it. Candy and silly toys are often appreciated. This is all about having a good time. It’s fun receiving the flood of mail, and it’s really fun to see what other dopers came up with. Don’t feel pressure to be creative, though; the most important thing is to send something.

If you live outside the US, please don’t hesitate to sign up. This is open to everyone, geographically speaking.

Let the fun begin!

E-mail Sent!

I look forward to this exchange every year, it’s tons of fun!

I’m in.

One of my favorite SDMB traditions! I’m in.

Me, me! I’ll play!

I’m in also, email will be sent shortly - definitely a tradition my daughter and I love to participate in! :slight_smile:

This is going to be fun! Thanks so much to those of you who have responded. Everyone so far has been added to the spreadsheet and I’ve responded to each e-mail.

One thing I need to remember to edit for next time:
Please let me know specifically whether you want to participate in the e-card exchange (it’s optional, but I want to make sure you didn’t forget to tell me one way or the other). If everyone could give me the following, in the indicated order, without labels identifying what the information is, it will make putting the information in the spreadsheet faster.

Real-life Name (optional)
Address Line 1
Address Line 2
City, State/Province, Postal Code etc (in whatever order your country’s postal service prefers)
Country (if not U.S.)
e-card exchange, yes or no

Thanks everyone! Isn’t this a nice way to make winter cheery? (Assuming you live somewhere where 1) it’s winter, and 2) winter means gray and cold and icky.) :slight_smile:

Just a bump so that more posters have a chance to see this. Feel free to join in or ask questions. (Many of your questions are probably answered in the threads I linked from the OP.) Also, feel free to e-mail questions to me at

Email sent! I always have fun so much doing this!! Thanks again. :slight_smile:

Good morning! I’ve added everyone to the list. We’re up to 10 participants…

Reminder that the deadline is Sunday!

Last call! Deadline is midnight U.S. Eastern time tonight. Send the following to

Real-life Name (optional)
Address Line 1
Address Line 2
City, State/Province, Postal Code etc (in whatever order your country’s postal service prefers)
Country (if not U.S.)
Willing to mail outside U.S./Canada, yes or no
e-card exchange, yes or no


Hi everyone! I’ve sent lists (they’re linked from the e-mails).

We don’t have a lot of participants this year; everyone has between 7 and 9 to send.

Let me know if you have questions. Either post them here or PM me or use the valentine e-mail address.

I’m really looking forward to this!

Thanks for participating!


Hm, I’d bought valentines for this, but since I’m taking a three-day weekend and have my craft stuff spread out all over the table for Thing-A-Day, I think I’ll make something to enclose as well …

Yay! Love the SDMB valentine exchange!

Oooh, yay! I’m not horribly creative, but am going to make mine too.

Oooh! Now I feel bad that mine are store-bought. Forgive me y’all, I know not what to create. :stuck_out_tongue:

Oh, please don’t feel bad! It’s fun, no matter what kind of card you send.

Okay, cards are ready to be mailed tomorrow. I’m done with the list. Thanks again for doing this. It’s always such great fun!

I made stuff out of felt! Yay!