It is really neat to be able to offer goods online for sale around the world. One challenge in managing to do this well is to get the goods out in good time, nicely presented, and cushioned so the item arrives looking like it did when photographed. AND at a reasonable cost to the buyer too.
Recently in an Etsy Treasury Team forum, team members have been discussing packaging/shipping challenges and sharing how goods are packaged. It always helps to see photos, so I decided to show my wrapping method for Fascinators and some berets here.
The Clori Rose Fascinators with the Dior Rose center and wispy petals needs special care to keep the center fluffy and the petals unwrinkled.
For sure, this must go into a cardboard box with enough depth to protect the fluffy center and enough width and length to allow the petals to lay out fully.
To keep the single layer pointed petals from crumpling through contact with the edges of the shipping box. The fascinator hair clip is clipped to a wide ribbon strap on a single layer of cardboard, which has been covered with acid free tissue paper. (click here for more detail)
Next a protective tissue wreath to cushion the fluffy center.
A ring of rolled tissue sits on top of the leaves. The outer edges are lightly taped to the base board to keep the wreath from shifting. The tissue ring is as tall as the fascinator height.
Wrap it all over in a acid free tissue.
The tissue wrap makes it look nicer and gives just a wee bit more support for holding the tissue ring and fascinator in place during shipping.
A Certificate of Authencity goes out with each fascinator and large hat.
This is slipped into a clear plastic sleeve. The certificate contains much of the information from the listing description, plus a few tips on hat care. For people who love hats and have many of them it is nice to have photos of each hat to tape on the outside of a hat storage box so the new owner knows what is in the box.
All is sealed in a clear plastic bag with The Certificate of Authencity and a Packing slip with hand written thank you note placed under the cardboard base with the addresses showing. Just a bit of additional protection against moisture or damage to the shipping box.
Slipped into an addressed box, cushioned so there is no sliding about..... and off to the Post office she goes.
The berets with raised trim - wool flowers, feathers, etc. Are packaged in a similar fashion with a tissue wreath protecting the fluffy embellishment.
Questions, comments, suggestions for improvement welcome.