“Our parents were collectors,” Danny said. “And when I say collectors, I mean collectors of everything. Duck decoys, china figurines, artwork, clocks – the house is just full to the rafters. Luckily, there are six children and eleven grandchildren to distribute things to. The costs for all of the shipping is coming out of the estate, so obviously we want to keep that to a minimum. What’s the best way to ship fragile family heirlooms without causing drama?”
Handling the family estate can be an emotionally fraught experience. Lifestyle experts recommend minimizing stress and making things simple for yourself by delegating tasks to the appropriate professionals whenever this is an option. In this instance, the question Danny needs to ask is “Where’s the best pack and ship store near me?”
What is a pack and ship store?
A pack and ship store specializes in preparing items for shipment and then coordinating that shipment with the appropriate delivery services. Preparing items for shipment can include providing shipping boxes, packing materials, address and labeling, and more. Delivery services can include USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL, as well as freight carriers.
Pack and ship stores charge for the materials used to pack your items for shipment, as well as a fee for doing the packing. The delivery service charges are in addition to these fees. When you have a large number of items to ship, such as Danny did, it’s well worth it to stop by the local pack and ship store to discuss the size of the job and the best way to make it happen.
“I had truckloads of things to ship, and a high degree of concern that everything arrive in good condition,” Danny said. “Having people pack everything for me took a lot of stress off of my shoulders, and the cost was very reasonable. I’d definitely recommend this strategy to anyone in my situation.”