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Hello fellow wreath-makers! My name is Jamie, I'm new to the team (and Etsy for that matter). I've been making wreaths/centerpieces for a while now for fun and recently decided to make a couple extra bucks with them. I'm still in the process of setting up my shop and everything (I'm actually trying to finish 2 more wreaths first).
So I have a concern about shipping my wreaths. How do I ship them safely to ensure things won't fall off/get damaged in the process? And where do you get your boxes for the bigger wreaths?
Thanks so much for your guidance,
Posted at 9:09am Oct 18, 2011 EDT
Uline and the Container Store are both great. I recycle my neighborhoods old newspapers as packing materials. They seem to work real well when crinkled and refolded with extra in the corners and sides so the wreath (I work with drieds) doesn't move around and shed too much. I ship USPS as well.
Posted at 12:08pm Jul 29, 2012 EDT
I ask around local stores for the big boxes they have. I get hubby to cut them to size if they are a bit big. I ship UPS and have never had one to be over $15. UPS includes Tracking # and Insurance up to $100. I have been checking into Uline to see how affordable their big boxes are.
Posted at 8:02pm Aug 3, 2012 EDT
Hi posters: thanks for all the info. Iit's helped me a lot being a beginner. I've been actually looking for places here in the area but they don't have what I need.
Uline so far is good while the other one recommended, there's one that I want to get but it's not available online. Once again thanks for you all's inputs.
Posted at 6:51pm Oct 17, 2012 EDT
Another good tip for shipping wreaths is that I punch 2 holes in the back of the box at several locations. At each location, poke both ends of a long pipe cleaner into the holes of the box from the outside. Wrap it around the wire of the wreath or the grapevine and twist a few times. Then write a note to the buyer just above each tie location saying "UNTIE HERE" with an arrow pointing to the pipe cleaner location. On the outside of the box, place a piece of packing tape over the pipe cleaner so that it doesn't get torn off.
This works really well for wreaths with unbreakable items. It keeps the wreath from shifting and the bow(s) from smushing, depending on the wreath, you might not even need any other packing materials inside the box.
Posted at 1:19am Oct 20, 2012 EDT