How to Pack Antique and Vintage Clothing and Textiles for Shipping
The preferred method for shipping old clothing and textiles is to wrap this type of item in tissue paper, place it in a plastic bag, and then neatly stow it in a corrugated box big enough to contain the item (but not so big that the piece is swimming in it). If there’s a little room left, place additional packing material such as more tissue paper or foam packing peanuts in the box to keep the textile from sliding around in transit.
Always use clean packing materials when shipping cloth collectibles. Avoid newspaper when packing textiles, as the ink can rub off on the fabric and cause stains that are difficult to remove without damaging the soiled cloth.
Label the cardboard box with the address taking care to tape over the writing or label to make sure it doesn’t run and become illegible. If you’re not including an invoice or business card in the box, be sure to write a note with your “return to” address on it and insert it in the box in case the label gets damaged and the shipper inspects the contents to determine where the package originated.
In summary, follow these steps for securely packing vintage and antique clothing or textiles for shipping:
1. Wrap the item securely. Carefully wrap the item in tissue paper and place it securely within a clean, dry plastic bag. Ziploc bags in varying sizes work well for this purpose.
2. Prepare the shipping box. Place the bagged item within a sturdy cardboard box. Place more tissue or packing peanuts around the wrapped object so that it does not jostle around in transit.
3. Place identification in the package. Place either an invoice with a return address, business card, or “return to” note including your address within the box prior to sealing it in case the address on the outside of the box becomes illegible as the package makes its way through the shipping process.
4. Seal the box. Seal the outer box securely with durable packing tape. Make sure the bottom edges of the box are taped as well as the top.
5. Label the box.Label the box with the complete address taking care to tape over the writing or stick-on label. Don’t forget to include your return address on the outside of the box.