Every postcard campaign we organize is slightly different, but most of the time hosts and organizers are responsible for providing postcards and stamps. For events, plan on 10-15 cards per person. Postcard stamps are 35 cents each.
For medium-sized to big events, stamps and cards can cost a lot; consider asking attendees to contribute. (If the postcards are for a candidate, be sure all donors fill out an in-kind contribution form in order to adhere to campaign finance laws.)
IMPORTANT: Postcards make for a unique, personal connection to voters, and text must be entirely handwritten! Also, check your postcarding instructions, or ask a captain, to see if certain kinds of front designs are off-limits. (Generally: NO jokes, religious imagery, political messages, or offensive images.)
Below are some suggestions for where to buy postcards.
Sister District Shop: Our HQ sells postcards suitable for our campaigns.
Post Office: You can buy pre-stamped postcards directly from the post office, like these.
Order custom cards in bulk: Online vendors like Vistaprint.com charge roughly $75 plus shipping for 1,000 cards. You can upload your own template, or a template suggested by SDP. Look for coupon codes before buying!
Printable, blank postcards: Sheets of cards, four per sheet. Print these out using a design template (see below), or be creative and draw your own designs. No address lines on the back.
Cardstock: Use templates to print on these and cut yourself. Available from Staples in colors and white. (Weights of 80 lb and 110 lb meet USPS requirements.)