Millinery Market – How to Package your Hat for Postage
The way you package your millinery is of the upmost importance as this can minimize the chance of it being damaged in the post. Ensuring you have done it the right way, and there are a variety of different ways, is essential.
Below are some packaging guidelines and tips for reducing the postage costs.
Keeping Postage Costs Down
Before we discuss different ways to package your hat it’s good to be aware that when sending hats via Australia Post, if the parcel weight is over 1kg it will be charged based on its cubic weight equivalent which is typically a lot more expensive. Read the ‘How to Estimate Postage Costs‘ article for details.
You can send a large box, as long as it is under 1kg for a standard price. To keep the weight below 1kg, consider the weight of the stuffing you are using in the box as well as the weight of the box.
Selecting the Right Box
If you are using a cardboard box that is too large for your hat, you will need to use extra stuffing to fill around the empty space which may increase the weight to over 1kg.
To avoid this, use a box that fits your millinery in it with only a little extra room around your hat, but that does not bend or squish any elements of your hat in any way.
Example: For the black flower headpiece in the following photos, the small box on the left is the perfect size as it fits in nicely without any of the flowers being squished. It also only needs a small amount of stuffing to stop it from moving. The red box on the right is too big and would need an excessive amount of stuffing.
A trick if your box is quite heavy, is to cut some of the excess cardboard from the lid.