The 2017 Sweepers Escape

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First Class Forever Stamps

Posted by [email protected] on March 15, 2017 at 8:40 AM

I love the variety of interesting and colorful stamps the U.S. Postal Service sells. My husband couldn’t care less. He comes back from the post office with rolls of Forever Flag stamps every time. Boring! I want to view all the choices and select the ones that appeal to me the most.

So now that you know how much I enjoy the selection process you will understand that when it came time to purchase stamps for the convention I just couldn’t make myself buy those boring rolls of flag stamps. As you can see, I went all out and got a huge variety of First Class Forever stamps. Shopping online at makes it so easy to see everything available and they deliver it to your mailbox. 

Next problem - math skills! I've got to sort these into bags of 500. Not problematic if they were all on sheets of 20. In my excitement over selecting a unique assortment I also picked sheets containing 4, 6, 10, 12, 16 and 24 stamps. 

Any Elvis fans out there? You may really like the guy when I tell you how he threw me for a loop. There are 16 Elvis stamps to a sheet, but for some reason I had it in my head that he was on a 12-count sheet. Sooooo, any packages containing Elvis stamps may just have a few extra for that recipient. I did catch my mistake halfway through the process, but was too tired at that point to go back and recount. 

Being in charge of a convention means that I get to do things my way. :P  After seeing all of these stamps spread across my coffee table, I just had to do one bag with one of each and every stamp I purchased. That put it way over 500 stamps, so that bag will be the Grand Prize in the stamp drawings. I think the official count was well over 600 stamps which will go to the first person whose name is drawn. Of course, I may have to purchase more stamps as I see more entries come in for the Upgrade stamp drawing. If that happens, the Grand Prize may continue to grow.

These bags contain a huge variety of stamps and no two bags are the same. If you win one of them on the cruise you may want to meet up with the other winners to trade stamps. I can see it now...I'll trade you Wonder Woman for the Medal of Honor or how bout World's Fair for Black History stamps?. Better yet, who'll sing "on the good ship Lollipop..." for a sheet of Shirley Temple! 

We are going to have so much fun on this cruise! I can't wait to see all of you in Miami! 

Gwen Beauchamp

If you have not registered for the 2017 National Sweepstakes Convention, you can do it here.

 Get your roommate and get on the ship by clicking here.

For a  list of prices for different categories of staterooms, click here.

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Reply Tammy OHagan
7:08 PM on August 30, 2017 
WOW! Thank you for all of your hard work!
3:57 PM on August 12, 2017 
I still don't know how to enter the stamp drawings! Can someone tell me how? Thanks! Ali
1:26 PM on August 3, 2017 
How do I enter the upgrade stamp drawing?
Reply Janice Reese
11:10 PM on April 13, 2017 
Kim Naumann my room mate on the ship is so excited about this she was talking about it over our dinner we are all going on this trip as our girls trip so we had to do some hotel and travel planning.
Reply Linda Clineman
11:33 AM on April 1, 2017 
Too too funny Gwen and you beat me to the punch as I was thinking of doing jsut that for the Fall Festival in Oct. See you all soon.
Reply Lisa Ray
10:52 AM on March 29, 2017 
I understand about your husband and the rolls of stamps - although I doubt that my husband has seen the inside of the Post Office in years. (I'm another story. They greet me by name!) I can just see your husband shaking his head while looking at you sorting stamps. :) Thank you for all your work!
Reply Gwen Beauchamp
9:26 AM on March 27, 2017 
Kathy Bruhn says...
Loved hearing about and seeing all the "fun" you had with the postage stamps. A fantastic prize for a stamp collector!

It's also a great prize for a sweeper who enters mail-ins!
Reply Kathy Bruhn
4:41 PM on March 20, 2017 
Loved hearing about and seeing all the "fun" you had with the postage stamps. A fantastic prize for a stamp collector!
Reply denise Jiles
1:37 PM on March 15, 2017 
Pat Marx says...
Do they have parking at the hotel for while we are on the cruise or do you have suggestions as to where ot leave our car?

There are a few outside parking areas that have a shuttle to the port. I have used them and they are great. Most hotels DO NOT let you leave your car in their lot UNLESS you find out and get approval before hand. Call them and see. If they let you, you will have taxi fare to the ship and back
Reply denise Jiles
1:35 PM on March 15, 2017 
Thanks for the hard work you put into this Gwen!
Reply Pat Marx
11:43 AM on March 15, 2017 
Do they have parking at the hotel for while we are on the cruise or do you have suggestions as to where ot leave our car?