Asked on Feb 14, 2018

How to remove uncancelled stamps from envelopes for reuse? Save .50!

by Pis32485623
I Have several pieces of mail with postage stamps that were not canceled by the Post Office or were sent by agencies seeking donations even though I have already sent in my donation. How can the stamps be removed and used on new mail, now that stamps are $.50 each? Looking for a method that does not require cutting the stamp from the envelope. Any suggestions?

  8 answers
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 14, 2018

    Steam them off.....

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    • 17335038 17335038 on Feb 14, 2018

      Hold the envelope with the stamp over a steaming electric kettle, or steaming boiling pot of water, and gently pry it off with tweezers. You will then need to lay the stamp flat somewhere until it dries before you re-glue it on to the new envelope. Depending on the fragility of the paper though, it might tear or shred, so to be safe, it is best to cut it off.

  • If they are the self adhesive kind, carefully pry up a corner, then pull gently along one edge until that edge is completely removed from envelope. Pull the rest of the stamp off by gently pulling slowly as close to the envelope as possible. The self adhesive ones are SO easy to remove.

  • V Smith V Smith on Feb 14, 2018

    Cut that part of the envelope away and when you want to use them trim the old envelope back and glue them on to a new envelope. If you peel them off you may lose the sticky stuff and tey will not glue as well as plain paper.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Feb 14, 2018

    Agree with V Smith. Yes, you can glue stamps on to an envelope after being cut out of a previous envelope. Just don't tape over the stamp. This will void it.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 15, 2018

    under the steam of a kettle or coffee machine

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Feb 15, 2018

    Cut them off the envelopes, and put Elmer's glue on back, then on the envelopes.

  • Janice Janice on Apr 12, 2021

    I, too, have just cut them off the envelopes and glued onto ones I will mail (unless you're wanting to save the envelope). BTW.....I often cut the corners of nice envelopes diagonally to use as a bookmark on the upper corner of a book I'm reading or want to mark.

  • Dee Dee on Apr 12, 2021

    You can steam or freeze for removal. Just remove after sufficiently wet or frozen. I use a glue stick to put them on another envelope.