Atlas Insider: Combo Plate
It’s the time of year here at Atlas MDK HQ VSOP SOS OMG where every visit from a delivery truck brings a new thing for us to figure out how to pack and ship.
A new size of something, an oddly heavy weight (I’M LOOKING AT YOU, KNITTING BOOKS), the occasional strange shape, etc. It doesn’t seem like a big deal—just put it in a box, right?—but we have to have a meeting (A MEETING! You know how much I love a MEETING!), look at each new thing, and figure out the best way to pack it with existing supplies; the last thing we want is thirty extra box sizes piled up everywhere just to accommodate the panoply of soon-to-be-revealed Holiday Shop merch.
Shipping something solo is one thing, but it’s oddballs in combination with other oddballs where things sometimes get sticky … and let’s face it: none of y’all buy just one thing.
Some combos are challenging. Trying to pack a Ballband Thermal Mug and a Field Guide Slipcase (a noticeably popular—and inexplicable— combo) in a single box efficiently is always a trial; there’s just going to be a lot of dead air that we’re shipping your way. We usually use tissue to fill the gap rather than bubble wrap (we eschew using toooo much plastic whenever we can, though we do use it to protect yarn from moisture), but when the order is, say, a single golf club and a raw duck egg … well, there’s a lot of head-scratching before the label gets slapped on.
A lot of it is like Tetris, though, and there’s nothing quite like when a box packs up perfectly and nothing’s banging around in there. Hmmm. Does that make us sound sad? That such a little thing would make us so happy? Well, these days, we’ll take what we can get.
Oh and here’s a thing … yarn itself makes a fantastic packing material and we do use it to keep other, non-yarn things safe; you can really cram (sorry, delicately nestle) it in a box to keep all the sundries from rolling around willy-nilly. So … if you don’t mind, please add six skeins of yarn every time you add something else to your cart; it saves on packing supplies! THX BYE.
The prize? Six skeins of yarns, obvs—a Log Cabin Cloths Kit in Rose.
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