Sunday, April 24, 2016

How to Ship Furniture

Happy Sunday everyone. I hope you all are having a great weekend so far. The weather has been perfect to get out and go junkin. We found lots of yard sales. I scored an antique chest of drawers from the late 1800's early 1900's. I can't wait to give it a makeover. And speaking of of the questions we often get How do I ship furniture online?

So this blog post is for all of you vendors that have been wondering how to do this. We found a gorgeous shop on Etsy that sells furniture and we reached out to them for some info. We compiled a list of questions that we get asked  and, Dena the owner of Little French Farmhouse was kind enough to answer those for us. She also had some additional info to share after the questions portion. 

1. What shipping providers do you use for your larger pieces? We offer delivery (50 miles) and we use various east coast furniture movers. 

2. Do you the package the furniture or does the shipper? 
Professional movers blanket-wrap our furniture and offer white glove in-home delivery with indoor setup.

3. If you do, what preparations do you make for the provider? Smaller pieces ship FedEx or Greyhound, we box and pack as needed. 

4. What does a typical dresser cost to be shipped? There's no way to accurately answer this, as it depends on size, weight, and most importantly, distance. It will be less to ship from NY to VA then it would to ship NY to CA.

5. Where do you find your shipping supplies? (If you package your own items) Many local retailers sell boxes and bubble wrap. When possible we recycle packing materials as well.

6. Do you offer returns on your items? All of work is custom so our items are final sale. 

7. Do you include insurance? We require that all shipped items be insured for the customer's protection. Peace of mind is priceless! is the most popular option for shipping. They will connect you with dozens and dozens of shippers who participate. You choose the one that best fits your needs, this will vary each with each shipment. The site is user-friendly and many customers go with that option when making their own shipping arrangements. 

For cross-country shipping of larger pieces (queen beds, armoires, full dining rooms) we find these companies to be very reliable: Craters and Freighters  and -- their team arrives, they blanket-wrap the furniture, crate it (off-site) or whatever is needed, and ship it fully insured. They assume full responsibility for the packaging and transport. We are artisans, not furniture movers. We're good at what we do, and they're good at what they do -- we leave long distance furniture shipping to the professionals and find this always works out best.*

For local deliveries our own driver will blanket-wrap and transport the piece to the customer's home. It can be a one or two man delivery depending on the size and weight of the piece. For smaller items, say a vintage window or a chair for example, we wrap it in multiple layers of bubble wrap, add peanuts, then slip into a box and ship via FedEx or Greyhound. No loading docks involved. If we can't get it there, both offer pickup service. 

End tables aren't going to fit in a box, they are going via shipper pickup or local delivery. Greyhound has size limitations so not everything can be boxed and shipped. An exception for example... detachable legs could make a small table shippable, and it would be wrapped the same as a window; multiple layers of bubble wrap, and into a box it goes. 

Rule of thumb, don't bite off more than you can chew. If the packing/shipping process of any particular piece is overwhelming, then it's a job for the pros. They know what they're doing, the customer has peace of mind, and the item arrives undamaged -- this is always the priority. This is how we do it. I hope this has been helpful! We love creating amazing, unique pieces for our customers. We specialize in dresser-to-bath vanity conversions, and upcycled vintage furniture. We can paint YOUR furniture as well. All work is custom -- We bring your vision to Life!

Thanks, Dena. We appreciate you taking the time to help us out. You can find Dena online here:

Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Best Selling Smalls

Smalls. You either love em or hate em. There was a time when I didn't want to deal with them. I wanted to sell chalkboards, message boards, open back picture frames, hand painted signs and furniture. Those were my items. Needless to say I soon learned those things don't pay the rent. Smalls do. I also learned having a variety of merchandise with a variety of price points helps my bottom dollar. I now embrace smalls and look for them whenever I'm out junking. I usually have good luck finding these items at yard sales, estate sales, auctions, and thrift stores. 

The hot ticket items for me that always sell any time of the year are: old wire baskets, picture frames, chalkboards, linens, hankies, lamps, vintage luggage, skeleton keys, sewing notions, lace, ball jars, and almost anything rusty or chippy. 

Since we are all from cities and states, I was curious to see what other dealers were selling. I conducted a FB survey about a couple of months ago and these are the things that other dealers are selling: 

aprons,    bed springs,    bells, 
beverage crates,    ball jars,    books, 
bottles,    buttons,    ephemera, 
sheet music,    laces, trims,    table clothes, 
hankies,   china, dolls,    dollies, 
hankies,    Christmas items,    shutters, 
Tupperware,    Pyrex,    purses, 
letters,    globes,    costume jewelry, 
photos,    wood crates    and 
anything rusty and crusty

Other items that are not vintage, but are good selling smalls are candles, pillows, soaps, handcrafted items, cloches, and seasonal items.

What are your hot selling small items. Please feel free to comment below.