I’ve always been very conscious of the dilemma of packaging and pricing when working on things for the shop; I’ve written about how important I think it is to deliver parcels in such a way that it feels like you’re opening something special, personally I love to receive things that are prettily wrapped, even if it’s just brown paper and string
I’ve seen this done really well recently in many of the vintage clothing parcels that come my way (the above were from simplicityisbliss and 1940sThrowback…..I think….so sorry if I’ve got either wrong!). Packaging I think I have nailed, but I find the postage bit a total nightmare, especially since Royal Mail put up their prices, it’s become even harder to make sure that I can get items into the ‘large letter’ category (costing 93p), as they HAVE to be under 25mm in depth, otherwise they slip into the pricing band classed as ‘small parcel’ and the price leaps up to a whopping £3.20, so you can see why it’s important.
Which brings me to some new Little Birds that have been waiting in the wings for quite a while, simply because I couldn’t decide how to packaged them so their tails would survive intact and they wouldn’t cost more to post than their individual price, which would be silly.
I’d originally (the first blue/red ones were made up a couple of winters ago) imagined them to feature on a folded card, so they could be given at Christmas, as I really like the idea of sending cards that also double as a small gift, but as the rose brooch cards never went down that well (people always opted for the same brooch alone), I abandoned that plan.Instead I decided to keep it simple and just mount the individual birds on my regular card stock.
The cards were cut down (they come A5 size) and the corners rounded.
So out came all my existing card envelopes and I finally settled on white DVD envelopes. They allow enough space for the tails and they keep the birds squished enough in girth.The birds have been mounted with a bow above each as I think it looks pretty.
You can find them here…although I’m away right now and I’ve turned the shopping bag feature off…but the shop will be open again soon, I promise.