Our 5th Birthday.
We're celebrating at Flea Market H.Q. this week! It's our 5th Birthday! From the bottom of my heart I wish I could write a thank you note to every reader who has supported this project and helped it become this bustling and beautiful community of letter lovers. Thank you for sharing in my vision for a digital archive to preserve and share the simple details of 'every day' social history and advocating for the handwritten letter in a technological world.
Cheers to 5 Years!
In the 5 years since I started Flea Market Love Letters in my D.C. apartment, we've shared over 500 letters from 20 different collections. There are nearly twice as many waiting to be featured. For a timeline of how the archive came to be, you can get caught up here.People often ask where do I see this archive going -- a book? A podcast? I'll tell you honestly that 5 years ago I couldn't have imagined where we are now so I can't really tell you where I think we'll be in another 5 years. But I do know I'll continue to work to preserve these letters for as long as I'm able.
It's ironic, as a letter writer, that I can't quite put into words what this project -- and the community you've built around it -- has meant to me in these 5 wild and wonderful years. It's in the messages from folks asking how they can preserve a stack of vintage postcards they found at a flea market, or the widower who told me he'd found a collection of letters his wife had kept from their courtship, after her passing. I believe that every one has a letter story and for as long as you'll have me, I'll continue to ask: What's yours?
Get in Touch.
Have a letter story you'd like to share? We'd love to hear! Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.