I Ordered Shipping Supplies from the Post Office

Peggy Gillespie Hazelwood
4 min readOct 16, 2019

And you can too

Photo by Alex Perz on Unsplash

Since I’ve started reselling on Etsy in a bigger way than ever before, I need more shipping supplies.

My go-to “store” is the recycling dumpster behind my local True Value hardware store. I mean, I can generally find small and large boxes, sometimes I snag bubble wrap or other packing materials to pad breakables, and every once in awhile I find new stuff that they throw away. Score!

But when I need postal supplies that the U.S. Postal Service gives away, duh, I’ve always gone to the post office.

Well, I’ve learned that they don’t stock everything in the post office locations. So now I order shipping supplies from the comfort of my home. And you can, too!

You Can Get Those Supplies At Home! Who Knew?

I love using the Priority Mail flat rate options. The Priority Mail flat rate envelopes and boxes are a guaranteed price no matter the weight, as long as you can seal the sucker. For really heavy items, I use the flat rate option every time.

For instance, I recently mailed three vintage flower frogs that weighed a ton. Well, not a literal ton, but they were heavy. They fit in a small Priority Mail flat rate box so that cost just $7.90 to ship. If I’d used my own box, it…



Peggy Gillespie Hazelwood

What, me work? Yeah, okay. Writer, editor, photographer, reseller. Owned by a cute, fluffy cat.