In a sunroom tucked at the back of Lyn Saul’s home, tens of thousands of used stamps are neatly organised in preparation for postage, ABC News reports.
Ms Saul has been collecting since she was in her early teens, but over the past 35 years she has been donating her collection to the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, in Sydney’s North Rocks, for stamp auctions.
“When I moved to Kempsey in the 1980s, my neighbour asked me if I was a stamp collector, I didn’t expect three large boxes filled to the brim,” she said.
“I panicked and didn’t know what to do with them, after a call with a girlfriend we decided on a charity,
“Now, friends and businesses send stamps to me, I sort through them and ship them down to Sydney.”
RIDBC Fundraising Executive Nadine Kanaan said Ms Saul is one of the foundation’s major stamp suppliers.
“From every [stamp] auction, we usually receive a couple of thousand dollars in donations as a result,” she said.
“One of the stamps that went to the auction house a couple of years ago valued at near $8,000,
“We have had some stamps donated dated back to the 1800s, and all through the ’50s and ’60s.”
Originally, Ms Saul posted on community notice boards and personally contacted local businesses in search of used stamps to donate.
“People in town call me the stamp lady,” she said.
Recently, she said she had noticed a substantial drop in postage stamps.
“Over the past three years, I haven’t been getting the same quantity I use to,” she said.
Ms Saul said she didn’t need to know how much she has personally helped to raise for the RIDBC.
“I am helping them and contributing to a good cause, and I intend to keep doing this for as long as possible,” she said.