We sell a maximum of 40 stamps per customer, per day. For postings in excess of 20, we can run them through our postage meter. For larger quantities of stamps, try the Postal Service's on-line Stamps
Shop. This service takes about three days. Another alternative is
the Wallingford Station Post Office located at 1329 North 47th. Click
to see a map. Good people, reasonable prices, excellent off-street parking.
We ship primarily by United
Parcel Service, Fed
Ex, DHL, and the US Postal
Service. Each service has unique strengths and weaknesses. We offer:
AND UPS OVERNIGHT
AND UPS 2ND DAY OR 3 DAY
price quotes roughly estimated, please e-mail or phone us with the weight,
address including zip code, and a description of the contents. For a specific
quote, we will need the package in the shop for weighing and sizing. Please
check out our SHIPPING TIPS & TRICKS page if your package may be large
Expect our charges to be two to three dollars more than the published
rates for Fed Ex and UPS. For Postal Service packages under two pounds,
expect our charges to be less one dollar or less.
A growing portion of the shipping marketplace is pre-paid. We will gladly
accept, without charge, your pre-paid shipments within reason,
of course. Some shipping companies compensate us for pre-paid shipments.
Others will likely follow as volume of pre-paid packages grow.
Please try to bring pre-paid packages that are over two cubic feet (18"x18"x18")
in the afternoon before 4:00 pm. We are a little tight on floor space
At the end of each day, many local businesses drop off armfuls of mail
with us, rather than depositing it in a nearby sidewalk collection box.
No money changes hands, yet is is a good deal for everyone. The Postal
Service collection box driver picks up from us. They prefer organized
tubs of mail to digging letters out of an overflowing collection box.
We like the foot traffic and businesses like human confirmation their
mail will enter the Postal System that evening.
FRAGILE is not a valid parcel shipping term. Conveyor belts
and machinery rather than humans handle your package in
transit. Machines can not read special instructions. So pack everything
to survive two falls of five feet each.
Unusually LARGE packages for ground shipments generally begin
with the volume equivalent of 16"x16"x16", or a length
exceeding 60". For air shipments, surcharges for large
parcels begin to occur around 12"x12"x12".
The UNSHIPPABLES. Lake Union Mail would rather have a disappointed customer
before the shipping money is spent and the object is broken. We err on
the side of caution when declaring items unshippable through us. Carbonated
beverages shake, fizzle, and explode. Snow globes freeze and shatter in
the winter. Glass on cheaply framed pictures breaks despite every precaution.
Heavy pottery can not survive the strains of resisting its own weight.
Most anything can be shipped most anywhere, but sometimes the cost of
packing/shipping isnt worth it. Keep this in mind when purchasing
presents that require shipping.
The ILLEGALS. Some of the illegals are: firearms; hard liquor; flammable,
explosive, corrosive or toxic materials; and hazardous bio-med materials.
Wine is illegal to ship to 38 states from Washington State. Carbonated
beer tends to explode mid-transit, saturating all the nearby boxes. Liquids
in general often freeze and break their containers (we once lost 27 snow
globes this way). And frozen jams crystallize. So avoid shipping liquids
in the winter, be careful shipping liquids in the summer.
For OVERNIGHT shipments, think small. Under 8 ounces is most cost-effective.
Parcels under 35 lbs tend to be carried, and those over 35 pounds tend
to be tumbled. Pack accordingly.
For workplace and travel safety reasons, certain items are considered
hazardous materials. These include flammables, toxics and infectious materials.
Firearms and aerosol cans are included on this list of unshippables. When
packing, allow for adequate cushioning on every side of your item. Anything
fragile should be packed with at least 2 4" of packing material
such as crumpled up newspaper or Styrofoam packing peanuts. Pack it tight
enough so the contents dont move when shaken.
Recycled liquor boxes, once a staple of small parcel shipping, are no
longer welcomed in the small package shipping business. Shippers consider
the printing on the outside to be an indication of the contents on the
inside. Whenever using recycled boxes, be sure to remove old mailing labels
and re-enforce old tape.
Chipboard shirt boxes crumple in shipping. Scotch, masking and duct tapes
are not appropriate for shipping. String-tied and paper-wrapped boxes
tend to be caught and mangled on the conveyor belts. Use unwrapped corrugated
cardboard boxes and 2 inch clear tape.
Street addresses are far superior to Post Office boxes as shipping destinations.
Place clear tape over your address labels to prevent smudges and tears.
Include your return address and phone number inside the box as a back-up
measure. Do not place the label over a seam or closure.
Retain receipts and tracking numbers until your package is delivered.
Need a perscription re-fill sent to Albania? Cookies to Bagdad? Adoption papers to China? We’ve done it before, smoothly and cost-effectively. For important documents, DHL is our preferred international shipper.
Internationally, small packages under 4 pounds are the most cost-effective. (For gifts sent internationally, think earrings, not mirrors). International parcels sent by private carrier require the recipient’s phone number. Please bring it with you.
For INTERNATIONAL shipments, please come with recipient's phone
number. We ship Internationally, but rarely use the Postal Service for
parcels over 5 pounds. International parcels over 5 pounds sent by private
carriers are very expensive (and usually not worth it).
We can ship most everything legal to ship within the United States up to 70 pounds. For residential deliveries, try to alert the recipient to the expected delivery day. Delivery instructions taped to the door greatly reduces lost packages. When planning for arrival dates, try to allow for an extra day margin-of-error.
Electronics not in their original packaging often cannot be insured during
We sell padded envelopes, photo mailers, manila envelopes, tape guns,
and shipping tape. Click here to see
a list envelope prices.
BOXES: We have a selection of corrugated cardboard boxes that range in
sizes from 6"x6"x6" to 30"x12"x12". Click
here to see a list of prices.
BOX TIP: For shipments over 35 pounds, it is often prudent to purchase a sturdy double-walled corrugated box from a moving company or mini-storage facility.