I’m a little bit extra with my Lacemarket sales process. For me, I want the people buying my pieces to have the most ~ pleasant ~ experience possible.
Here’s a quick outline of how I package up my sales:
Sale & Invoicing
Once a sale has been made I send a message to the buyer covering the cost of the item, plus shipping, and when I plan on sending the item or if there will be an expected delay. I then create and send a PayPal invoice to the buyer with some basic info. I prefer using invoices as opposed to simple requests because they’re easier to keep track and have a sense of professionalism that I vibe with.
Hi! Thank you for your purchase! If everything looks in order, I will send over a Paypal invoice for $… + $… for USPS flat rate, priority shipping (Total: $… USD.) I intend to mail the JSK out as soon as possible (Either tomorrow morning, or Monday) and then message you back with the tracking number. Also, if it’s ok, I would like to ship the item with a pouch of dried lavender as a very tiny gift. Do you have any allergies or issues with lavender?
Preparing the Garment
I have two cats, one being very long-haired and very fluffy, so my life exists in a state of being covered in cat hair. My pieces are kept in garment bags away from these little animals, but once I take them out of the bag, all bets are off. To be safe, I run a lint roller over the garment several times to avoid having any stowaway hairs. If the piece looks a little wrinkly, I’ll also steam it a bit. Last, I do a final, triple check of the item to make sure I didn’t miss any undisclosed issues (or cat hair).
Wrapping the Garment
Because I am a Gothic Lolita and always prioritize The Aesthetic over practicality, I package all my sold garments in black tissue paper and wrap it up with silk or velvet black ribbon.
(I try to be conscious of the environment, so I use the most minimal amounts of packaging as possible with the hopes that they will be reused.)
With each garment, I include a sticker, a small bag of dried lavender (sometimes two if someone is very excited about it,) and a simple handwritten note saying “thank you” and occasionally some personalization.
(Please note: I always ask each buyer if they’re OK with the addition of a little bag of lavender! So far everyone has said yes, but hypothetically if the user didn’t reply I would not include it for safety reasons.)
I prefer to include stickers with my packages since stickers are mostly harmless and a safe bet, compared to something like candy (or an orange peel) that could spoil or trinkets that may be unwanted. In the past I have included brand stickers and bags with brand dress sales, but unfortunately I’ve started running low and have to start rationing those.
That’s it! It takes me a little while to package each item up, but I do enjoy the process and find so much joy in sending one of my items off to a loving home.
If you ever purchase one of my items on Lacemarket, let me know you came from my Instagram or blog in a DM and I’ll include some extra things for you!