How to Ship a Vintage or Collectible Doll
Today let's talk about how to ship a doll.
Anyone who collects dolls knows that this is a much-needed topic of discussion. I've been buying and selling dolls online for over 20 years, and I've seen a lot of improperly shipped dolls. Frankly, there are a lot of non-doll people selling dolls, and they don't always know how to ship dolls properly. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has received a doll in a padded envelope. Sometimes they survive it, but sometimes they don't, and it's not worth the risk.
Even if you think you know how to ship a doll, though, keep reading, as you might learn something. Just the other day, I received a doll from a fellow doll person that was shipped unwrapped in an overstuffed box with her face pressed up against the box. Naturally she had a huge shine on her cheek, right in the blush area. In fact, as I started trying to fix it, I realized the shine was so bad that the box had actually flat-spotted her cheek right there. I've still got a little more work to fix it, which is disappointing when you've bought a doll that was supposed to be in new condition.
There are a few different subjects that we need to discuss in an article about shipping a doll properly:
- How to pack a doll properly
- How to choose a box to minimize shipping costs
- When to insure
How to Pack a Doll Properly
How to Choose a Box to Minimize Shipping Costs
When to Insure
- Write "fragile" on the box when needed. The post office crew may scoff at you, pointing out that machines can't read it. However, the mail carriers can. I've seen mail carriers toss and drop boxes before, so it doesn't hurt to write "fragile" on a box in order to hopefully prevent that.
- Put other things in plastic bags, too. I pack virtually everything in sealed plastic bags to keep it safe from wet weather. If you live in a humid area, be sure to include a desiccant packet to prevent it from getting musty while being trapped in a sealed bag. You can save desiccant packets from other things you order and reuse them.
- Reuse packing material when you can! I'm a big believer in saving and reusing packing materials. It saves you money, plus it keeps them out of landfills. In fact, if you don't ship a lot, I still recommend saving your packing materials and offering them to others with shipping businesses in your local buy nothing groups.