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Title: Amazing Packaging!
Post by: MakinTheBest on November 07, 2011, 12:48:07 PM
I meant to post this earlier but life gets going and everything gets lost.  I firmly believe that the presentation is just as important as the product when selling handmade.  The packaging adds to the uniqueness of handmade that you will never get from a large retailer. 
That being said, I bought a journal from one of our amazing vendors recently, Blue Highways, and am thrilled with not only the product, but the packaging!  When I opened the box there was a beautiful package wrapped in old...I mean like 1960's newspaper comics and a brown polka dot bow along with a gift tag and postcard.  Funny that I spent so much time just admiring the wrapping, but what it did was make my purchase that much more special!
(http://i42.tinypic.com/zwgx9j.jpg)
Moral of the story...take time with your presentation and it will make an impact on your customers.  They will remember you and they will be back!


Title: Re: Amazing Packaging!
Post by: LisaE on November 07, 2011, 06:26:15 PM
It's also nice that the packaging is mostly recycled materials instead of adding to the waste stream.
Title: Re: Amazing Packaging!
Post by: Blue Highways on November 07, 2011, 07:05:25 PM
I have to laugh, when I saw the title of this thread I was super interested in reading it because I try to send my packages off nicely and I like seeing other peoples ideas...I clicked and did a double take - this was mine!
The newspaper has a little bit of a story behind it, I am a hospice volunteer and I have a 92 year old patient I've been visiting for 2 years (a record for me since it is hospice after all), anyway, she had a huge stack of old papers she's been hanging on to and she asked me if I'd be interested in taking them. Initially I was going to read them and do my best to toss them - well, after spending nearly a whole afternoon reading them from cover to cover I couldn't bear to chuck them into the trash; now I was the hoarder of old newspapers. One day I was packing up an order and was looking for something nice to wrap a book to ship in I spotted "the stack" and began using them ever since...I don't think I'll be using the ones of the Kennedy assassination though - I'll let my kids figure out what to do with those when I kick off  ;)
Title: Re: Amazing Packaging!
Post by: MakinTheBest on November 07, 2011, 09:24:27 PM
Love the story!  I really had to do a double take when i saw the cartoons...I was trying to figure out what paper still printed those!  Well, in addition to an amazing journal that I LOVE I sat an read the paper just to see what was happening in 1965!
Title: Re: Amazing Packaging!
Post by: Larissa on November 09, 2011, 08:51:33 AM
That's great!
Title: Re: Amazing Packaging!
Post by: chainmaille on November 10, 2011, 09:09:40 AM
Kimberly was smiling ear to ear unwrapping it :D

Title: Re: Amazing Packaging!
Post by: MichaelaJewelry on November 10, 2011, 12:04:57 PM
What an amazing story!!!! LOVE it!
Title: Re: Amazing Packaging!
Post by: trusk4u on November 10, 2011, 12:54:26 PM
That is a great story!  Hmm, 1965- I was 8. Don't remember all that much. ;D