There are many types of mailbox accessories in the market today; products range from decorative plaques to lights and locks. There are also many online merchants that provide quality accessories for your mailbox.
Your personal style speaks volumes about who you are so it’s just natural that your style should reflect in the way you decorate your mailbox. Your mailbox should be decorative as well as function and should make a statement about your unique personal style. Check out Amazon for a large selection of mailbox accessories.
Below are some of the popular mailbox accessories that you can purchase online.
Mailbox covers are versatile and available in various themes for all seasons. Covers normally fit any standard T1 size (6 inches wide) metal, plastic, fiberglass, or aluminum mailbox. They can quickly and easily be placed on or removed from the mailbox. Many are even fade resistant.
You can signal the mail carrier to pick up your outgoing mail by using an upright red flag on your mailbox. Once the mail carriers pick up the out-going mail, they lower the flag. Some homeowners like to spruce up their mailbox by trading in their standard red flag for something which more reflects their personality.
Name and Address Plaques
Another accessory available for mailboxes is name and address plaques. Plaques are available for both wall and post mounted boxes. Decorative plaques prominently displaying your street address adds style and character to any mailbox. Many plaques come with hardware for easy mounting to most plastic and metal mailboxes. Your plaque should be made from a rust-free material and weather-resistant. Some plaques are elaborately engraved and others are illuminated for easy nighttime viewing from a distance.
Identity theft is a growing problem in many areas. To help curtail identity theft, many homeowners are installing locks on their mailboxes to keep would-be thieves at bay. Many mailboxes are available with a built-in locking mechanism. If your mailbox is not equipped with a lock (which most residential wall-mounted and novelty mailboxes are not), you can purchase one from several online sources. Locks are essential for deterring thieves and are extremely important when the homeowner is away for several days and unable to retrieve the mail.
If you purchase a lock for your mailbox, make sure there is a slot that is large enough to accommodate your normal mail delivery. The U.S. Postal Service will not open locked boxes nor will they accept a key for that purpose. Locks can be installed on both post and wall mounted mailboxes.
Newspaper holders or receptacles are also another favorite add-ons for post-mounted mailboxes. The U.S. Postal Services allows the attachment of these devices as long as it does not touch the mailbox or use any part of the mailbox for support. The holder should not interfere with the delivery of the mail or obstruct the view of the mailbox flag. Also, the holder should not extend beyond the front of the mailbox when the door is closed (as per 2.11 od DO41 of Customer Receptacle provided by the USPS). For many wall-mounted boxes, the newspaper holder and mailbox are all one piece and are exempt from the U.S. Postal Service code.
Mail Alert Systems
A fairly recent addition to mailbox accessories is a mail alert system that signals the homeowner that mail has arrived. There are a couple of different types of mail alert systems. A mail chime is a system that will send a signal to a device located in your home which will play music, a tone, or blinks when mail has arrived. Some mail alert systems will raise a flag on the outside of the mailbox indicating mail has been delivered. Mail alert systems can be installed on any type of curb mounted box, wall-mounted box, and even mail slots. With a mail chime, there is no more guessing as to whether the mail as arrived. Now there’s no excuse for wasted trips to the mailbox and that’s great especially if you have to walk a long way in the cold and wet weather!