I had to get a package out yesterday, so I used that as motivation to mail off a whole table full of things I’ve been putting off. Baby presents were threatening to take over my whole studio.
I didn’t have boxes for everything but I was desperate to get it all done at once in the small window of time I had, so I figured I’d just spend a little more and use boxes from the post office. Except the only boxes they have now are the flat rate shipping boxes so I spent 11$ in shipping to send my friend a little baby outfit. Ug. Lesson learned.
From an earlier costly trip to the post office, I learned that if your packages aren’t completely ready to hit the mail, you should never ever ever go without bringing packing tape. And even if you think they are, it’s probably a good idea to bring some just in case. I had a box I had to mail out that had a small tear in one corner and they wouldn’t let me send it, despite the fact that what was inside was another cardboard box holding the items I was mailing. Now I take no chances on the whims of the post office clerk.
So yesterday while I was packing up my expensive boxes, there were four different people who made the packing tape mistake. One started arguing with one of the nice clerks and I got to jump in with my precious packing tape to stop the conflict. Another person was using one of the expensive boxes thinking they’d be self sealing and I got to come to his rescue, and then a sweet dad and daughter needed help too.
I got to feel like the most generous person in the world, for something that was just about the most inconsequential thing in any other circumstance. For something I bought at the dollar store, it sure did make me a hero.