I sent this red ball to Eamon who I was visiting on vacation. Notice the stickers on the ball. I actually mailed the ball with no box or other packaging!
Before leaving California, I saw this site: giver’slog, where AmberLee writes about mailing fun stuff without a box. She has mailed flip flops and a sand bucket! She has mailed plastic bottles filled with colored pencils. She has mailed a Frisbee. She has also mailed a ball and I knew that I wanted to try it.
Just a day or two before leaving for the first part of our vacation (Portland), I picked out the shiny red ball at Safeway. I used a Sharpie to write the mailing and return addresses on the surface of the ball.
Then I took it to the Post Office. I felt a little silly but also happy to be sending something without any package. It was fun! I asked the clerk if I could mail the ball and he kind of shrugged and said yes. Another customer looked over and said “Are you mailing a balloon?” And I said “No, just a ball.” It made me smile.
The clerk had a little bit of a challenge weighing the ball. But he managed.
I asked for it back so I could take a photo with the postage on it.
Next time I think I’ll ask for stamps because they’re more colorful.
Here are the how-to’s for mailing stuff without boxes. The item needs to be 13 oz. or less.
I didn’t tell Eamon’s parents about the surprise that was heading their way. I heard that their mail carrier delivered it to their door with the comment “You must have a special Auntie”. What a nice thing to say!
Please let me know if you decide to send some happy mail of your own. Thanks for the visit.