LET'S TALK ABOUT SHIPPING:
Something to remember:
Much of what I ship is glass, in one form or another, not all but a lot of it. Something I've learned the hard way is that Glass can be tempermental and the weather has a lot to do with it.
Take precautions when shipping and receiving glass both in the winter and summer. I have a personal policy that says I don't open any package for at least 24 hours after I receive it. That gives the glass an opportunity to either cool down or warm up. I recommend that to everyone I sell to in the winter and the summer. Glass can and will shatter from climate changes.
I also always open any package either over a bed or a couch with newspaper or a towel spread out. I do that for two reasons. The first is that if there are extra parts they land on a surface where I can find them. The second is that if it does happen to be broken, the pieces are contained in one spot and all I have to do is dispose of it appropriately.
One other point don't take a piece of glass and submerge it it steaming hot water either - it can shatter and don't use your dishwasher to clean it either. Dishwashing detergent is one of the most corrosive agents available to glass.
My Shipping Practices
When I ship I try to package in the same way I would appreciate receiving an item. That means I wrap it in clean, white, usually new, tissue paper first. It then goes in to bubble wrap and then into a box where there is adequate room around the edges for plenty of styrofoam peanuts.
If I am shipping more than one piece in a box I place a piece of thicker styrofoam between the pieces so that if they shift in the box they bon't rub up against any other pieces. That's a major cause for breakage.
The other day I received 2 pieces of Fenton in the same box. The box was filled with shredded paper and the two pieces were stacked one on top of the other. it was the small 8" USPS box and I have no idea why they weren't both in pieces.
If I think it warrents it I will double box items - this is the safest way to ship. It can cost a little more but I've had boxes come through with a whole side stove in and because it was double boxed the interior pieces were fine.
Finally I securely tape the box. I've seen the folk in the PO and shipping companies toss boxes and truthfully I can understand why stuff get broken. At least my items don't spill all over the floor.
Finally I had a conversation with my Mailman this morning - He's a great guy and I really appreciate his help. I happened to mention that all 8 of my boxes I was shipping today had glass in them. He just looked at me. He knew I was shipping a lot but never took the time to think about what was in them. He apologized and said he'd be a lot more careful from now on.
Never hurts to mention it to who ever is delivering your packages that you expect a parcel with some glass.
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Check out the shipping hints here for some more thoughts - http://glassandpotterysellers.org/packaging_tips.html