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« on: June 10, 2008 12:42:53 PM »

After talking about it for over 3 years, I'm finally biting the bullet this summer and starting up a craft business via Etsy.  I have some of the basics sorted out (theme, prices, craft supplies, time commitment, etc.), but I'm stuck on 2 issues:  Packaging my product for shipping in a creative way, and buying supplies for said packaging.

Originally, I figured that I'd sell so little that I could just buy the 75 cent jewelry boxes at the craft store (I'm mainly selling jewelry, BTW.  Possibly some plushies, but that's still up in the air) and slap a home-printed sticker on the top, but I don't want to end up in a situation where the craft store's run out, and I'm also worried that 75 cents + sticker paper + ink could add too much to my prices to keep things reasonable.  I looked up buying those boxes wholesale, but I could only find bulk sales, and I don't have the space or the money for thousands of little boxes.

My other idea was to make origami boxes and earring cards to place inside.  This could be a nice, attractive package, but it would take 5-10 minutes just to package 1 item, and I don't think they would ship well without being placed in another box.

What do you use for creative packaging, and where do you recamend getting affordable supplies that are preferably not in bulk? (by bulk I mean minimun orders in the hundreds)
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2008 03:12:57 PM »

I'd suggest checking out Nashville Wraps (i think it's just www.nashvillewraps.com) they have some gorgeous boxes. You can also buy themed stuff of jewelry boxes, gift wrap, tissue etc that all matches. Their minimums are a lot smaller then most, you can get just 25-50 of most of their items.

Also if you ship priority mail you can order boxes free from the USPS website.

There is another box company similar to Nashville too, but I can't think of the name right now.

Pretty much any more decorative box you get is going to have to go into a shipping box.
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2008 03:01:53 PM »

Ah, that website is great!  50 is a much more reasonable number than 500 ^_^  And very nice options, too!

I think I was more worried than I should have been about putting the packaging into another box for shipping.  I've only shipped larger items, which I had to put into big boxes, and somehow my addled mind thought that those boxes were the only shipping option?  Lol, so nevermind that.
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