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Topic: Tree Swap Round 3 (Signups CLOSED; Mail by 6/16/11)  (Read 13445 times)
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« Reply #150 on: May 17, 2011 07:48:07 AM »

wow people are fast Shocked i'm quite likely to be going to the sendout date
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« Reply #151 on: May 17, 2011 08:14:56 AM »

A question (for all) regarding shipping: does anyone have any tips about packing up the packages for shipping? ...but does anyone have any brilliant ideas on how to ship so that things a) stay intact and b) don't get weighed down too much by packaging?

I work in a mail center, so I can offer professional tips!  Cheesy I've mailed tons of stuff for myself and/or for work, and I don't think I've ever had a personal item break and it very rarely happens at work.

The best thing you can do for items you ship is to make sure that there is as little empty space in the box as you can manage. Empty space gives room for things to shift, and a tightly-packed box is more stable and less likely to get dented/squashed. Also, bubble wrap is a mailer's best friend! (and/or those bigger air pillow thingies- do ya'll know what I'm talking about?) If you are mailing something extremely delicate, I'd put it in a smaller box inside your larger box... and once again, bubble wrap! And make sure your box is big enough- if you have an item that is pressing against the sides of the box, it is much nore likely to get broken! For example, someone once sent me a bowl that had actually made the box bulge out a bit on the sides... I say had because when it made it to me it was in pieces, even though they'd wrapped it in bubble wrap. I know shipping is expensive, but it usually doesn't cost much more to send a slightly larger box and it may be the difference between your painstakingly crafted items arriving safely or arriving in pieces.  Cry And if you have an item that could leak, ziploc bags are awesome. If I send an item that could be damaged by getting wet, I wrap it in plastic wrap ( like from your kitchen)... and that also keeps painted items that might be slightly tacky (like fabric paint- does that stuff ever dry?!?) from sticking to other stuff.

Okay, I'll shut up now!   Grin

I've just pretty much decided what I'm sending our fearless leader! I've been working on a small item, but I'll be closer to the sendout date too. Ya'll are some speedy crafters!
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« Reply #152 on: May 17, 2011 09:19:45 AM »

Super tips Dragonflower! THANKS!

I am sending something that is breakable... so the box within a box idea sounds fantastic! Glad I asked. I do know what you mean by those large air bubbles, I'm just hoping I can pick things like that up at the post office. And I'm fairly sure than most of our shipping costs pertain to weight rather than size, so I'm hoping all goes well!

Again, thanks for all the good advice!
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« Reply #153 on: May 17, 2011 11:37:07 AM »

Sat on my porch today, in the warm spring sun working on my Tree Swap. What a great way to work on a Swap that is the theme of tree's to be surrounded by them while crafting and taking in their beauty as they start to bloom.
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« Reply #154 on: May 17, 2011 01:41:06 PM »

Sat on my porch today, in the warm spring sun working on my Tree Swap. What a great way to work on a Swap that is the theme of tree's to be surrounded by them while crafting and taking in their beauty as they start to bloom.

That sounds simply lovely!


Teamama, a lot of times you can get bubble wrap and the pillow things from stores or businesses that receive lots of shipments. Before I had this job, I got them a lot from dollar stores & gifty-type shops. FYI. I'm not sure about the postal service- they probably have them, but if yours are anything like the States', they'll charge you. (You did say you were in Canada, right?)
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« Reply #155 on: May 17, 2011 02:13:04 PM »

Yup. Canada.

And I'm sure that if I go to the post office, I will probably have to buy them. I might ask around and see if I can find some for free. I'll try my freecycle group - you never know what people have kicking around the house.
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« Reply #156 on: May 17, 2011 03:48:33 PM »

Just had an email from my online supplier "out of stock".  Angry

Plan B......anyone?
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« Reply #157 on: May 17, 2011 05:14:44 PM »

Sender?!  I'm still in the planning stages  Huh  I'm hoping to have it all packed and ready to go a few days before the send out date.  Grin
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« Reply #158 on: May 17, 2011 05:21:51 PM »

I never thought I would say this, but:  THANKS FOR THE TEASERS, JILLYBEANS!  Cheesy  I saw them at lunchtime and they made me smile.  I was having a difficult day at that point.  Whatever the items are, I love them already!

I bought myself a sewing machine on Sunday, and I was taught how to use it just a few hours ago.  Jillybeans is going to be the proud owner of my cheesy, newbie-sewer, first project!  Lucky her!  Grin

BTW...I think Jillybeans and I are like two halves of the same crafting brain!  Cheesy
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« Reply #159 on: May 17, 2011 05:55:12 PM »

wow people are fast Shocked i'm quite likely to be going to the sendout date

In that case, it's best we were matched up.  Grin 
I'm starting to put materials together, but know that I will run pretty close to the send out date too.
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