Friday, April 23, 2010

Wrapping your Wares...

Do you sell your crafts online? How do you wrap your wares? I try to keep it fairly simple and "green" if possible. See also Kat's great post about recycled envelopes on the NaturalKids Blog
http://www.natural-kids.blogspot.com/2010/04/earth-day-how-to-make-upcycled-shipping.html

I like to use as little plastic as possible. Ideally I would like to find a way to ship without using plastic at all. At the same time, I want my wares to be protected and look pretty when they arrive at their destination.

If you are mainly an on-line shopper, I would love to hear your opinion. I think my worst experience as a shopper was a package I once received from an etsy seller, who wrapped my item in several layers of cardboard and taped it like a mummy. I loved the item I ordered, but boy, was it a challenge to get it out of it's package. You really don't want to make your customer dripping with sweat - worried sick they will destroy the item in the process of unwrapping it...


So I have come to the conclusion that there are some strategies one should avoid at all cost:


  • Recycling is wonderful, but don't sent your beautiful handmade item in a crummy old cerial box.

  • It's good to protect your goods, but don't turn them into mummies!

  • Don't forget to add a personal note to your order expressing that you care about this sale. I always add a handwritten "Thank You" note card. I, as a customer, really appreciate that personal touch. I feel more obliged to go back to a store when they show me they do care about my purchase.

  • If you sell fabric, please do wrap my yardage in plastic or some protective layer. I know you like to get as much yardage into that free cardboard envelope by the postoffice, but they often get destroyed en route and my fabric may arrive stained =(.

Though they are expensive, I do so love my Moo cards. I started using them about two years ago. They may be small, but they sure add a special touch to my products. I wrap my miniature dolls and doll clothes in a sheet of tissue paper, use a piece of wool yarn, and tie a personal " Thank You" note plus moo card to he package. I often get compliments from people. So I guess I am doing all right. But I'd love to hear from others how they wrap things up. Maybe you would like to share your idea of the perfectly wrapped package?

6 comments:

FairiesNest said...

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The Sitting Tree said...

I try to use as little paper in my packaging as possible, so I make drawstring bags to send all my orders in. Using old shirts, it costs nothing and takes only a few minutes to make!
ps. I personally love when someone sends me a package in a recycled cereal box:) Being earth friendly is much more important to me than aesthetics. (Just my opinion)

Martha said...

I sell vintage and it can be hard to wrap some items, but I do. I wrap in tissue paper and attach a business card that matches my banner, with a thank you sticker that has my etsy name on it. I cushion my items with newspaper, so far it has worked very well!

Dyche Designs said...

I do the same things that you mention, including adding a business card and hand written thank you note with each order. I think it makes that person feel special. Jewelry gets shipped in a cotton filled jewelry box for added protection.

Folky Dots....Treasures for the Sweetest People said...

Hello!
I've recently started making envelopes to mail doll clothes, using recycled grocery bags. Katsinthebelfry did a tutorial on her blog and it just fits my style. I went on to ebay and bought some cute Mary Engelbreit stickers to decorate the brown envelope and use fun colored threads to zig zag around the edges.

Inside the envelope I put the doll out fit in a ziplock baggy. Incase the package were to get wet I would not want the doll clothes to arrive wet, damp, musty smelling or worse yet stained.

I enjoy reading your blog. Especially when you share tidbits of your childhood/life in Germany.

germandolls said...

Another thing to consider when wrapping your wares is weight! I like tissue paper and a simple piece of string because my packages are really light. If I wrapped my things in heavy clothbags my package would weigh a lot more and that would lead to more fossil fuels being burned in transport. Just another thing to consider - aside from aesthetics.