Packaging Your Fragile Figurines


 

 

We buy all kinds of Figurines and Crystal both with and without original boxes. The condition of both the packaging and the item will, of course, affect its value. It is important to package your items carefully so that they arrive safely. Also, shipping companies generally do not pay claims for broken items if they are not properly packaged.

 

Simple pieces with no delicate parts, escpecially smaller ones, can be wrapped in bubble wrap. Place them in a box and cushion them with packing peanuts or paper.
If you have a lot of figurines you may wish to pack 5-10 in a smaller box and pack several small boxes in a large shipping box.
Shipping is expensive, but it costs significantly less to ship one large box than two small ones. However, do not go over 70 pounds as there is a shipping surcharge and it is just too big and heavy to be handled well. Also, you will want to make sure that you pack your items so that they can not damage or crush each other.
Pieces that are heavier or very delicate should be double boxed. The outer box should allow about 2 inches of space on each side which should be filled with packing peanuts or paper. This acts as a shock absorber keeping your piece from shattering if someone drops the box when handling it. If using paper, be careful not to pack it too lightly or it will collapse and the figurine will bounce around. Also be careful not to pack it too tightly or it will transfer any shock to your figurine rather than absorbing it.
Some of the environmentally friendly packing peanuts do not have "memory" and thus do not bounce back. If your box gets mishandled a lot they may not protect as well as the traditional foam peanuts. Newspaper can be good for cushioning, but be careful where you use it as the ink can rub off.
Clearly mark the box as fragile.
The original box with packaging is the best way to ship fragile items, after all, the manufacturer designed the packaging to protect the item. Check to see that the packaging is put into the box and around the item exactly as originally done. This can sometimes be tricky, especially on some of the Lladro pieces.
Package delicate items so that nothing is able to touch the most fragile parts. If you look at the photo to the left, you can see the piece is anchored on the sturdy parts and nothing but air touches the delicate flowers.
If you no longer have the original packaging, you can make your own with cardboard, scissors and tape. It does take some time and creativity though. If it is delicate enough to make special packaging, it should also be double boxed.
For more detailed pictures of common damages click here. Inspect your pieces carefully for damage. Small damages such as broken flower petals can be easy to miss and yet reduce the value. Surface cracking or crazing, commonly seen on hummels also decreases value.
If you are transporting items yourself, remember one bounce in a car can send pieces bumping into and possibly breaking eachother. Please package them so that they are protected. Don't smoke in your car. Smoke odor is easily absorbed by the cardboard boxes.

 

 

Please remember, we are NOT RESPONSIBLE for lost or damaged packages. If you prefer, you are welcome to insure and ship them with the carrier of your choice at your expense, but please fill out the form anyway and include the words "self shipped" in your item description. That way we will be sure to have accurate information for sending your check.

 

 

THINGS WE BUY:

Pictures of some of the items we have bought.

 

Designer Handbags & Accessories: Coach, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Gucci, Prada, Botkier, Dooney & Bourke, Tod's, Hermès, Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo...
 
Figurines: Lladro, Armani, Hummel, Dept 56, Precious Moments, B&G, Royal Doulton, Wedgwood, Disney...
 
Crystal: Swarovski, Lalique, Baccarat, Crystal World, Fostoria, Rogaska, Waterford...
 
Coins, Bullion and Precious Metals: U.S. Coins, Gold, Silver, Coin Albums, Graded Coins, Mint Sets, Foreign Coins...
 
Time Pieces: Rolex, Movado, Pocket Watches, Cartier, Elgin...
 
Plush Toys: Ty Beanie Babies, Disney, Warner Brothers, Coca Cola, Steiff...
 
Jewelry: Engagement Rings, Gold, Silver, Class Rings, Broken Gold and Silver Jewelry...
 
Dolls: Barbie, Madame Alexander, American Girl, Lee Middleton, Ashton Drake, Seymour Mann...
 
Cookie Jars: Glenn Appleman, Fitz and Floyd, Star jars, Puritan, McCoy, Hall, Shawnee, American Bisque, Acme, Radko, Metlox, Goebel, Hull, Warner Bros, Disney, Treasure Craft...
 
More: Railroad items, Cookie Jars, Trains, Antique Toys...

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