Need shipping supplies for your Etsy shop, but don’t want to spend a ton of money? Read on to learn how you can get free packaging to send your wares!
If you’ve been selling on Etsy for awhile, then I’m sure you know that shipping supplies are expensive. Like a lot. Depending on what you sell, you can easily spend hundreds of dollars a month on shipping supplies. But, you don’t have to! I get free packaging all the time and I’ve been doing it for years. In fact, the only packaging I ever pay for is tape, manila envelopes and cello bags.
The rest, I get for free.
Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose
Of course, the very best way to get anything for free is to recycle, reuse or repurpose. So, why not shipping supplies? Hello Amazon Prime boxes…how many ya got? I’ll bet a ton and they work great as shipping boxes (obviously!). Remove all the old labeling, wrap some pretty tape around the box and address to the new recipient. You can do this with all kinds of shipping boxes, so why throw them out? Just reuse them as your own free packaging.
Beg Ask Your Friends and Family
On the same note of recycling boxes – ask your family and friends for their discarded boxes. I’ll bet they’ll be super happy to get rid of them without having to go through the process of breaking them all down and taking them to the transfer station!
Head to USPS.com
Believe it or not, the United States Postal Service actually gives away all kinds of free packaging. The Priority Mail envelopes and boxes are perfect for shipping products and they are available in a variety of sizes…all free!
So, that’s it! 3 really awesome ideas to get free packaging for your Etsy shop – no need to spend a ton of money at the office supply store!
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Vanessa Hamlin is the owner and founder of Food Life Design and VLHamlinDesign. With her passion for frugal living and homesteading, Vanessa loves to write about easy recipes, making money, gardening, home remedies and everything else that a good life entails! When she’s not writing for Food Life Design or creating products for VLHamlinDesign, you’ll find Vanessa reading, drawing, gardening, cooking or spending time with her family.