Friday, September 26, 2014

Shipping Perfume and Weekend Plans

I frequently see questions around the internet on how or if you can ship perfume. I've sold a couple of bottles of perfume myself and had looked up the rules and regs to do it correctly. Below are statements all copied and pasted directly from the USPS site. I hope it helps clarify the rules for some people. I had also seen somewhere that if your package does contain restricted items it is to be handed directly to a postal employee not put in a drop box etc. I couldn't find that while I was making this post. It's probably so that they can ensure it is marked properly. I do know that when I've mailed perfume and brought it directly to the desk it is marked with stickers to make sure it only goes ground and that it does contain flammable

At retail units, mailers must be asked the question: “Does this parcel contain anything fragile, liquid, perishable, or potentially hazardous, including lithium batteries and perfume?”

Examples of items that may be mailable but have specific restrictions…
  • Aerosols
  • Lithium Batteries
  • Nail Polish
  • Perfumes containing alcohol
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Paints
  • Matches
  • Certain Glues
  • Live Animals
  • Cremated Remains
Perfume − Perfume containing alcohol is prohibited on air transportation, and can only be shipped domestically via surface transportation. Perfume containing alcohol is prohibited in international shipments
Not sure if what you’re sending is restricted or prohibited? Just call 800-ASK-USPS® or your local Post Office.

This weekend I am going away for a mini vacation at my sister and brother in laws cabin. A nearby town is having a city wide rummage sale! I'm hoping to find lots of great buys and cool treasures. I'm expecting it will probably be my last chance to do rummage sales this season. If you are in the area the sale is in Weyauwega Wi. By the way that isn't the actually cabin we'll be staying in :)

Do you have any weekend thrifting plans?


  1. Glad to see you're posting the correct information. I see people posting false info on this topic on facebook all the time. Some people are telling others that the perfume can be sent First Class. I asked my local post person. She said absolutely not. First Class also goes on airplanes. As far as thrifting this weekend, I'm heading to a giant outdoor flea market and hoping for lot s of great deals! Happy rummaging! :)

    1. I hope you had a great flea market! I see a lot of incorrect info re perfumes as well.

  2. Thanks for bringing up the subject. I never thought even thought about special handling for nail polish.

    We are lucky in the Tidewater area as far as yard sales & thrifting - there are literally hundreds of yard sales this weekend (and awesome weather) and we have more than our share of thrifts (although we don't have a Value Village or a Savers). I find I can get frustrated trying to figure out which yard sale to hit.

    I make a list but I rarely stick to it. I usually hit a few on the way and one yard sale leads to another. My frustration goes away and then I get the treasure high.

    But I really wish I would get a listing high (sigh).

    PS - There is a BACON (!!) Festival and a Beer Festival going on this weekend too!

    1. I love the treasure high! And I love bacon :) I hope you had a great thrifting weekend.

  3. Sounds like the perfect weekend to me. I just realized that you are in Wi. I'm in Chicago and my parents live in the Dells. We are up there all the time and I have found that the garage sales and thrift stores in that area are so expensive. Is it because they are in the Dells and it is more touristy? My mom hates garage saling by here house, but loves to go with me when she's in Chicago! :)

    1. I've never been thrifting in Chicago so I don't know how it compares. The Dells probably are more expensive because it's a touristy area. I don't think in my region it's too expensive except Goodwill which has proven to be more and more expensive.

    2. You are right. Goodwill's are more expensive. All the $3.99s are now $4.29 by my Mom's. Luckily our Goodwill's haven't jumped in price so much. There is a St. Vincent DePaul in the Dells that is crazy expensive. Don't know how they stay in business.