Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Shipping Large Items for Less!

I recently purchased something I've been wanting for a long time...a lyre back chair. You see, I'm an Alpha Chi Omega alum and the lyre is our beautiful symbol that I've loved it since mumble mumble cough {1995} cough mumble mumble.

When I went to college in Texas and then later lived in Virginia and DC, traditional furnishings were in abundance. But, having been back in CA for almost 8 years now (dang, really?!), I've been on the search for my chair and haven't ever seen one! Thus began my online search...

So on eBay and Craigslist, etc, there are plenty of lyre back chairs...for like $1,400. Um, no bueno. However, I did find this ahem, charming BEFORE for like 14 bucks. Sadly, it was far away and I knew the shipping would exceed the actual cost. BUT, I found out that Greyhound offers low-er cost shipping alternatives!!! My chair showed up a few days after I bought it at the Santa Ana Greyhound station. SO EASY!

Please girl, this will soon look remarkably different!!! Don't be hatin!

Then I remembered that my friend Sarah sent all her boxes from Sacramento to DC via Amtrak when she moved home. It was WAY cheaper than movers or shipping through the mail. So cool, huh?!

If you're interested in learning more about either of these options, check out Ship Greyhound and Amtrak Express Shipping, maybe these options will work for you! To see other great WORKS FOR ME WEDNESDAY ideas, jump on over to We Are THAT Family!



11 comments:

Falling Around said...

I never thought to try those two shipping companies. Time to think outside the "box". Hee Hee

Kirsty said...

Fantastic tip! I am always looking for shipping solutions, thank you!

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Good to know..thanks for sharing! I have a friend who lives clear across the country and shipping can be pricey!

:)

Julie/mom said...

Thanks for the tip - I would never have come up with this on my own. It is something someone has to tell you - so Thanks for doing THAT!

{ L } said...

I have NEVER heard of this and I am very excited to learn about it. THANK YOU!

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Living With Lindsay said...

Smart! I remember shipping some boxes home via air freight on American Airlines when I was in college, and it was way cheaper than UPS, too! Not sure if they still do that, but it's another one to add to your list.

Kara said...

This is fabulous! There are so many items that I don't buy because of high shipping cost. This will be a lifesaver!

Kaye said...

I had no idea this was possible. Thanks for the great idea!

Amy Ellen said...

Great Tip!

Amy Ellen at HealthBeginsWithMom.com

The TownhouseLady said...

Ummmm..thanks and no thanks!

First, awesome tip, I had no idea!

Second, I hate you because now I'm going to be purchasing SO many more things than I had been.

Seriously though, this really is a great resourse. Thanks.