Shipping furniture(gasp)… can be expensive (duh)

I spent quite a bit of time contacting shipping companies to accommodate the dresser fans over 200 miles away this week. We’ve had interest from people on etsy in Connecticut, California and one person I am not sure where but she wanted to give the smaller dresser as a housewarming gift to her brother and sis-in-law. (Sweet idea.) Many of the freight/blanket wrapped options became non-options, both for cost and where we live.

After 6 calls, it was clear that we would need to expand how far we’d deliver the item ourselves or meet someone at a half-way point. So now instead of driving 100 miles, we’ll go 200 miles (from Northfield, MN) for the cost of how much gas it would require. Reminds me of that song by the Proclaimers (I’m Gonna Be) 500 miles…but I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more just to be the man who walked 1000 miles to fall down at your door…wait for it…da da da (da da da) da da da (da da da) da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da.

The point is-it can be expensive! However, UPS seems to be the best option for our location. Their quote was in line with my expectations. Other quotes went up as high as $500 something for a $350 dresser. These pieces seem like pets to me and I want to be sure they go to a good home. I wish we could afford to deliver the pieces to everyone in a “full-time business/pay the bills through this passion we share” kind of way but student debt mounted years ago and frankly,it doesn’t make sense with the efficient shipping capabilities of today. (Though it would help my dream of traveling around this great world of ours.)

Plus we began accepting Paypal on top of plain old cash so maybe that would help. What I need next is a large scale to calculate the heavier pieces. You can imagine how funny it would have been to see me weighing the small dresser on our bathroom scale with me holding it and subtracting my weight. It’s 57 lbs. thank you very much. My back hurts.

We’re heading back to our home state of Indiana for the next week for much needed family/friend time. I’m trying to fight that thrifty shopper in me…but secretly hoping we pick up a piece or two along the way. If only our Subaru were bigger. Until next time!

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