Essential stationery for compers
If you love comping, you must love stationery! It’s easy to be an organised online comper with efficient bookmarks and clever apps, but you still need to have somewhere to keep those receipts and entry forms safe!
Here are my eight essential items of comping kit…
1. Expanding file
An expanding file is the best way to keep track of competitions entered! Mark up twelve of the tabs with the months of the year – and when you enter a competition, staple the details to the receipt and/or packaging and pop into the month it closes. At the end of the year, clear out and recycle your Jan-June sections ready for the next year – then do the same at the end of June. Keep receipts for a full six months – sometimes promoters pick winners who can’t provide receipts, and it may take a while for them to contact replacement winners.
2. Plastic wallets
Plastic wallets are super handy. Use A5 wallets to keep entry forms, receipts and vouchers together. The A4 size are great for larger entry forms – or colouring sheets you don’t want to fold. I love the Scribblicious A4 folder with smaller pockets on the front for receipts and stamps!
I tend to make notes and lists on my iPhone – but I don’t dare to leave the house without a paper notebook too. After all, you never know when that dodgy iPhone battery will run out! A notebook with a rear pocket and elastic is perfect if you need to tuck a receipt or a few stamps inside. Use it for your prize wish list, to note down unique codes from packaging or to jot down prizewinning poetry!
Compers need envelopes to post off entry forms and receipts – although there aren’t as many forms around these days, you’ll still find them in kids comics, and local newspapers and magazines. It’s useful to have lots of white C6 envelopes handy, but I prefer brightly coloured A5 envelopes – and we use the free stickers from my son’s comics to decorate!
5. Permanent pens
Writing on a shiny postcard, envelope or entry form? Use a black biro or a colourful permanent marker. It’s awful to think how many winning entries have been thrown out because a winner’s address is just a big black smudge!
6. Colourful card
I’m a big advocate of making your own postcards and using coloured card is a great way to make your entry stand out. Cut it down to A6, A5 or any shape you like, then customise with stickers and drawings.
You can get freebies in bars and cinemas but I still treat myself to a themed box of postcards once in a while (it’s also a great present for a comper!). New to postcard competitions? Read my post on how to send a postcard entry.
I buy larger, picture stamps in sheets rather than the regular everyday blue and orange stamps – I bought hundreds of Star Wars first class stamps when they came out last year! It’s rare for Royal Mail to bring out nice designs on a sheet of second class stamps though, so snap them up when you see them! There are also lots of themed stamps in their online shop.
What’s your stationery essential? Let me know in the comments!
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