“Boston is an antique hunter’s paradise,” Gwendolyn said. “The shops are amazing, and I’m finding the type of furniture and collectibles that just never turn up back home in Arizona.” The retiree laughed. “My husband says I can’t buy more than we can reasonably pack into the car to go back home, but you know that’s not going to happen! What I want to know is what’s the best way to ship my treasures back home so nothing gets lost or damaged?”
When you’re shipping artwork, antiques, or other souvenirs from life’s adventures, it’s important that these items reach their destination without being damaged. Can you imagine how disappointing it would be to open a box anticipating a happy experience only to find broken pieces?
For this reason, only ship items in new cardboard shipping boxes. These are available at office supply stores, or, if you’re trying to save your vacation time for fun stuff, directly from the pack and ship service you use. The reason you want new cardboard shipping boxes instead of recycling boxes you may already have on hand is that new boxes are much stronger. New cardboard shipping boxes can resist heavy things being stacked on top of them better than used boxes.
Next, don’t be skimpy with your packing materials. Packing materials cushion, support, and most importantly, protect your items while they’re being shipped. Yes, Amazon sends you things with a only a few air pillows tossed in the box – but Amazon also can replace things that arrive damaged. That’s definitely not the case with unique artwork, antiques and collectibles, or other precious things that captured your heart while you were on vacation. Your local pack and ship service can hook you up with a full range of packing materials, including specialty products to protect extremely fragile or valuable items.