Thursday, March 23, 2017

Shipping Artwork

A few thoughts on shipping assemblage pieces.

Recently I had to ship the submarine piece featured below.  This stressed the holy cow out of me for various reasons:

1.  The piece was not constructed with shipping in mind.

2.  I had NO idea where I could find a box that would fit it well enough.

3.  I really had no idea how to pack it well enough without dis-assembly.

While I was stressing, I discussed it with the coordinator of the show. Diane suggested FedEx.

I took the piece to the local FedEx shipping station expecting to hear that the cost would be $100 for packing AND shipping (or upwards thereof).

To my GREAT surprise, the helpful clerks (and very very helpful they were) said no problem and the total cost (to San Francisco) was a mere $33.

Wallah.  If only everything in life could be so simple.   The piece was delivered in a few days and apparently without mishap.

Life is good.


  1. Great, BG! And thanks for the heads-up about Fed-Ex. I'll keep it in mind. SO unlike my experience with UPS, which I will never use again for anything!

  2. This is the first time I have ever used FedEx - really hadn't been on my radar before. Alternatives to USPS and UPS are always good.

    1. Actually, apart from 2 late Xmas deliveries, I've never had a problem with USPS... even when shipping art... but then I've never tried sending anything complicated... like that submarine!

  3. And I agree, Dia. USPS has been good in my experience, but trying to pack the sub would have been a nightmare.