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Our local Canada Post outlet is well-used.
At any time of the year it isn’t unusual to find a lineup of customers. The outlet is located in a back corner of the 7-Eleven store in a small strip mall on Killarney Avenue at Pembina Highway in Fort Richmond.
Although it is a walkable distance from our home, most often we arrive by car on a round of errands. The parking lot is very busy and sometimes presents a challenge to get in and out of.
Unfortunately, there is no room to expand the space.
Canada Post has many supplies to assist you with your mailing needs. If you haven’t been a pack rat and kept shoe, electronic, liquor store and various other boxes, Canada Post offers a variety of box sizes for sale.
They are easily assembled and sturdy. Various envelopes, plain or padded, as well as postage paid, flat-rate Xpresspost™ and Priority™ envelopes are available. Do you need packing tape?
As I write this, the online site offers four packs at 20 per cent off. In-store purchases can be made as well.
Domestic stamps can be purchased singly for $1, in packets or in a coil of 100 for $85 (plus taxes). We buy ours by the coil.
They are "permanent value" which means they are worth the going rate until each stamp is used,so if stamp prices go up, each stamp is still usable as is.
Naturally, stamps for mail to the United States or international destinations are also sold. A single U.S. stamp is $1.20 and a single international stamp is $2.50.
If you wish, they can be bought in packets. As with Canadian letters and cards, these stamps are for a weight of 30 grams or less.
We have 17 immediate family members in five provinces and one U.S. state. Despite phone calls, emails, and texting, we still seem to use the post office a lot. The clerks are always very helpful.
Recently when I put down a parcel it was obvious that one area needed a bit more packing tape. As I was about to take it home, the clerk took out a roll of tape and fixed the problem at no charge.
Although it may be easier to simply put a cheque into a card, often only a gift will do.When you are mailing several parcels at the same time, and the cost of shipping, taxes, and insurance is announced with a smile by the pleasant clerk, you just hide your dismay and pay.
Then when you get a text, phone call, or email from recipients of the parcels, cards and letters, you know your investment in Canada Post has been worthwhile.
Jeannette Timmerman is a community correspondent for Fort Richmond.
Richmond West community correspondent
Jeannette Timmerman was a community correspondent for Richmond West.