Stamp collecting happiness is finding a heretofore unknown tiny, somewhat rural post office that is more than happy to break up sheets. I didn't have to buy 20 stamps when I only wanted a block of 4 of a particular issue. The post offices near my home and my office look at me funny when I come in with a shopping list and they're not normally collector friendly. They're always very busy. This particular one is a tiny brick building that's probably smaller than the first floor of my house...heck, it's barely larger than my family room. And it's a half mile away from a township office where I regularly do business. I'll be back! They were out of a few issues from 2020 that I still needed, but I'm sure I can get them from the USPS website...that won't sell blocks of 4 any longer (grrr).
Ah, the benefits of small town living. Post office staff that are helpful, friendly and not run off their feet. My nearest post office is located in. Pharmacy not far away from home. No complaints about service. Other they seem to have a high staff turn over rate. I am constantly having to “ train” them how to put a proper postmark on an envelope. They seem limited booklets of stamps. For special purchases a trip to the Main Post Office downtown is needed. They do have a dedicated philatelic counter. The building is undergoing restoration so the temporary space is too small. I think most recent issues can be directly purchased online.
Toledo used to have a philatelic window at the downtown post office. It was a joy, and the person staffing it was very helpful. Then, they started using it to help everyone when the main windows were busy. They made me wait in the long line, even though I only wanted to go to the philatelic window. Then, it didn't have a regular person manning it. They eventually closed it. So I had to find another branch that didn't treat me like i had leprosy.
Back to that little post office again yesterday. Brush Rabbit, Barns, August Wilson, and Lunar New Year...check! Blocks of four of the first three, but she couldn't break up the Lunar New Year sheet, which I figured. I took a sheet. She said she had to go to the back to get the barns and rabbit, but she gladly did so. She also asked me if I wanted the Priority Mail stamp. Man, I was tempted. I never buy those at the post office any more. The face value gives me sticker shock. I hate those empty spaces in my albums. I think I have a new favorite post office.