If you sell your woodwork online at all, there’s a little challenge that you probably didn’t think about until you sold your first item: how to package it for shipping. And if you’ve ever received an item in the mail that was damaged due to careless packaging, you know how important packing is.
I’ve been selling my wooden spoons online for some time now, and after trying several different methods of packing them, I hit on something that protects the spoon, and that is compact and affordable.
I begin with a section of an old cardboard box. I cut the box so as to form a cardboard sleeve that will fit into a padded envelope. My goal is to fit everything into a 12″X12″ package, which is the maximum length/width dimensions for standard shipping at the US Postal Service. An 11″ spoon easily fits across the diagonal of a 12″X12″ package.
The box flaps are left on, and they get folded over the spoons’ bowls, which are the most prone to breaking during shipping. The cardboard is then taped closed around the spoons, which are now surrounded by 2-4 layers of cardboard. Don’t forget to include some care directions, contact information, and one or two business cards! (You can find a copy of my care directions under the “Woodenware” tab on this blog.)
The cardboard sleeve gets slipped into a padded envelope, which cost less than a dollar apiece. The only other expense is for the packing tape. I can get three or four spoons and spatulas safely packed in an envelope like this. Now it’s ready to go off to the post office. Paying the extra to insure the package and get a tracking number is a good idea. It costs me about $7 to ship to the continental USA this way.
Since I’ve started packing spoons like this, they’ve all arrived safely.