Lexington post offices rush to stock 2-cent stamps

Some of Lexington's post offices found their employees busily transporting stamps rather than just mail after the new postal rates went into effect Monday.

The cost of postage for a letter weighing up to one ounce rose from 42 cents to 44 cents, prompting more requests than expected for 2-cent stamps, said spokeswoman Susan Wright.

The locations, she said, had expected more people to be using the Forever stamp that was introduced two years ago and is good for first-class postage at any point in the future regardless of rate increases.

Instead, many customers were looking just for 2-cent stamps to tack on the additional postage, and the post offices were transferring them around when some locations ran out.

All of the offices are once again fully stocked, she said.