Our Fourth Birthday.
Today is the fourth birthday of Flea Market Love Letters and I thought in honor of the occasion we would take a quick look at where Flea Market Love Letters started in 2017 and how a team of creative and supportive individuals came together to make what you see today.
In 2017 Flea Market Love Letters started in an apartment in Washington D.C. Armed with a dozen or so vintage letters, a camera phone, and my laptop I set to photographing, typing, and publishing to Tumblr.
2018 & 2019:
In 2018 Flea Market Love Letters moved to Dublin, Ireland while I started Graduate School. In 2019 Flea Market Love Letters got a new Website! We moved from Tumblr to this site, built on Wix with a lot of coffee and a metric ton of perseverance. But we got there.
In 2020 Flea Market Love Letters began giving back with 'The "Write More Letters" Project'. Through the sale of masks, mugs, shirts, tees, totes, and private donations the WML Project has raised over $500 USD for the charity "Hope For The Warriors". Hope For The Warriors works to improve the lives of U.S. Veterans and Military Families.
Thank you to all who have donated, ordered, shared, sent in photographs, Tweeted, etc. about the Write More Letters Project. You are in my heart, always. And thank you to my wonderful husband-to-be Sam for designing the logo!
In 2021 Flea Market Love Letters got a Website refresh thanks to the indomitable and uber talented Stak Moody. Thank you Stak! And with the help of videographer and superstar Rafal Kostrzewa the Flea Market Love Letters YouTube Channel launched in January 2021. Raf, you are a vital part of the Flea Market Love Letters team and I am so grateful to have a shared enthusiast in you.
And today on July 27th, 2021 -- our Fourth Birthday -- it is my great privilege and honor to reveal our new logo designed with Sam Lemberger.
When I started Flea Market Love Letters I never could have guessed that in four years it would even still be going, let alone have brought the friendships and moments into my life that it has. And that makes me so excited and curious for where this will go in another year, two, or three? Stay tuned, folks. We are just getting started.
Thank you to the friends, family, and strangers who have supported this archive from the get-go. There have been many passionate talks about mail and ideas for the website that those folks have endured and encouraged, and for that I am eternally thankful. Every one should be so lucky to have the Flea Market Love Letters team behind them. I will never be able to express how thankful I am for the years of your advice, volunteer hours, letter donations, and curiosity.
And thank you to the individuals whos letters have been shared. I have always aimed to publish the letters with tact and respect for the 'real' person behind the words. This is not a space for judgement or speculation. It is a space for the preservation of the every day history that makes life so painfully human.
The readers of this archive are the inspiration for the late nights, early mornings, and Saturdays spent bringing it to fruition. Thank you.
As always if you'd like to get in touch please feel free to send me an email: email@example.com. I believe that every one has a letter story. What's yours?