Where to buy envelopes?

diospyros4luna(SC zone 7b)March 7, 2005

I want to buy bulk empty seed packet envelopes but my google searches are turning up mailing envelopes or packets with actual seeds in them. Also, I can write on them myself... I don't want some of the expensive ad company or wedding favor ones where you can have your logo and such printed on them for a price. Any ideas on where I can buy these? Thanks!

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dragonflynikky(6 PA)

There's a company called Spear Envelope Company that sells only seed, coin, and coffee envelopes in bulk (500 minimum). You can request free samples. Let them know I referred you.

Here is a link that might be useful: Spear Envelope Company

    Bookmark   March 8, 2005 at 11:17AM
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Staples Office Max any craft store will have either coin evelopes or plastic itty bitty envelopses.
Also if you trade seeds alot will trade them for seeds.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2005 at 9:05AM
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I used to order the small coin envelopes which are great. They are the manila looking one's. You can get them at Staples also. They aren't too cheap though. My local Wal-Mart carries the plastic zipper baggies. They are about 2x3 inches (maybe slightly smaller). They don't have the write on label area and that is the only thing I don't like about them - HOWEVER the price is right. They are in packs of 100 for 97 cents. They are in the craft aisle. In my store I believe it was the bead aisle. I use a piece of paper to write the seed name on and put this inside the envelope with the seeds. It works okay that way. I have written on them with marker or pen but sometimes over time this gets rubbed off even if it is permanate marker.
Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2005 at 7:59PM
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The best thing about #3 Coin Envalopes from Staples (or wherever) is that the Rubbermaid 1.5 gal Fashion Clears snap case is as tall as the envalopes, and twice as wide! Put in a cardboard center divder, and voila!

i really like the coin envalopes but hadnt found anything plastic that was a good size to hold them.

i know paper is safest for lots of envalopes in case a seed wasnt 100% dry (wont mold), but i like my boxes plastic with a Silica pack or 2 so i can take them outside without worrying about getting ruined.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2005 at 9:17PM
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I make envies out of stationary and leave a flap at the top to turn over and tape shut.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2005 at 7:51PM
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Try eBay....i frequently see 500 coin envelopes selling for around $5......can't beat that.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2005 at 9:29PM
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theres an envelope templat in sizes small and large on bloosomswap.com

    Bookmark   March 17, 2005 at 6:34PM
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Also, if you want to DIY, you can take an existing (empty) envelope that you like, pull it apart and trace it on whatever kind of paper you like to make your own custom (color coding, special weight paper, whatever) envelopes. I use magazine pages with cool graphics...

    Bookmark   March 20, 2005 at 9:06AM
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triple_b(BC 5b)

I like my film containters. is there any drawbacks to using them? they are airtight and whatnot. The seeds are always nice and dry.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2005 at 10:14PM
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little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)

I like to use the manilla coin envelopes, but for tiny seeds, I use a small envelope template to make envelopes of waxed paper. The tiny little seeds of poppies, snapdragons, petunias don't stick to the waxed paper. I use a glue stick to glue the flaps down. When it is filled, I put it in a coin envelope, with all the information written on the outside.


    Bookmark   September 29, 2005 at 11:11AM
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lis44(3a possibly)

Try Lee Valley. They sell envelopes and a binder to keep them in but you can buy simply the envelopes, they're resealable, reuseable and a pretty good size.

Not sure what the link is but google Lee Valley, that should take you to the site and you can order from there.


    Bookmark   September 29, 2005 at 1:46PM
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I get tiny 2"x2" plastic ziploc baggies form the local bead store or Michael's craft store, for $3/100 bags.

They're also available in larger sizes. I write on the bags with permanent markers.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2005 at 9:36AM
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averybird(Zone 5b, WA)

I prefer Michael's craft store for the miniature plastic coin envelopes as well. They have a variety of sizes.

Recently I've found that baby food jars work well for saving seeds too. Of course, only some of us have a baby around. But it is a great way to recycle these if you can. :)

    Bookmark   October 4, 2005 at 12:28PM
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Robin282(z7 SE MA Coast)

I have MANY of those little plastic zipper bags! I would be happy to trade them for some seeds. I am into any unusual vegetable, Amish vegetables, Native American veggies, and trees.

I do not need 25 seeds of each. If the germinattion rate is high, 5-8 seeds is good. If the rate is low, maybe a dozen or so. Please let me know what you have.

Thanks, Robin

    Bookmark   October 17, 2005 at 10:53AM
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SusanC(9b/10a Sunset 17)

For trading, I like the coin envelopes from Office Depot, etc. For collecting and storing seeds, I mostly use a simple to fold, no cutting required, self-sealing envelope that I learned how to make a few years ago. It takes a four inch square of paper to make a 2 inch square envelope. I tear squares out of 8 1/2 by 11 sheets of junk paper that have one blank or mostly blank side, but you can also use square notepads. -The great thing about these envelopes is that you can make them on the fly and can recycle junk paper. Here's how to make them:

To make a self-sealing envelope:

To make squares for envelopes out of junk paper:

    Bookmark   October 17, 2005 at 9:50PM
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mje769(z5 NE.)

I have the manila coin envelopes that I would trade for seed. Let me know.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2005 at 12:09AM
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zenpotter(z4 MN)

SusanC, I like the envelope. I tried it in waxed paper since that is what I use and it works well.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2005 at 9:22AM
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here is one already made all you have to do is print
easy cut-

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   October 23, 2005 at 10:45AM
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little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)

Thats a neat little envelope, Bears1.


    Bookmark   October 24, 2005 at 11:26PM
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Here's a link for a web-site that sells blank seed packets.

Here is a link that might be useful: Blank Seed Packets

    Bookmark   February 17, 2008 at 12:25AM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

I prefer to use small coin envelopes for most seed that I mail out for exchanges. For added winter protection, I sometimes use a small ziplock within the envelope. This helps to prevent condensation from forming on seeds, when they are brought from a cold mail box (VERY cold here!) to a warm humid atmosphere.

For those that want professional-looking seed packets, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Seed Savers Exchange both offer self-sealing, reclosable envelopes. SSE even has custom envelopes available for many vegetables & flowers (Bean, Tomato, Basil, Marigold, etc.). Both also offer foil packs for long-term seed storage.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2008 at 9:06PM
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I found some bulk plastic baggies at Paper Mart, an online store. You need to be really serious about it, as there are 1,000 per case :) They have some that are plain and others that have a white front to write on. The shipping costs more than the baggies, but it's still a good deal.

About those envelopes SusanC mentioned ... someone on Gardenweb posted pictures of envelopes they made using square pieces of garden catalogs. I'm really craft challenged, and I still managed to make these, and they turned out rather pretty. I have plenty of old garden catalogs sitting around, so it's a perfect use for them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Paper Mart

    Bookmark   March 7, 2008 at 10:31AM
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Know it's old thread, but here's the same ones they use when sending you send (online seed sources)

    Bookmark   January 21, 2011 at 4:30PM
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