01/05/2005: "Shipping paintings"
So, I had to get a mirror box from the U-hall station in order to mail a 24x30 canvas. I ran out of the normal boxes I use, the ones I get from ordering the frames. So, it ended up being over 108 inches, which made it crazy expensive to send because that's the official oversize limit. So, I had to run around and try to find a smaller box, I was starting to get depressed when I found a place that sells what they call "gallery boxes".
They are incredible, the medium sized one I got weighed close to 13 pounds itself. The way it works is there is a regular box (27x32x5), and two more pieces of cardboard smooshed together in the center of the box pushed inward from the force of accordian folds at the side.
God, this is hard to describe but suffice it to say that the painting gets held tightly in the center of the box with about 2 inches of empty space on either side to protect against punctures etc. Also, the medium sized one comes in right at 107 inches so it's about 40 bucks cheaper to mail. The only down side is that the boxes cost close to 20 bucks and I'm trying to find a place to order some online but I don't know what search terms to use and I can't seem think of anything.
Has anyone else ever used these kinds of boxes and if so, do you know of a place where I could order some online?