Further to my last post about packaging cartons for courier delivery. We always try to imagine our parcels are delivered by this guy – and we need to pack them so they survive!


How do you make sure your parcels arrive in one piece?

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One of the services we offer customers is delivery of small wholesale orders, packed in boxes and delivered by courier for a small delivery charge.  Anyone who sells on eBay, Amazon or their own website will know that to deliver goods successfully by courier they must be really well packed.

Couriers are notorious for not handling goods as carefully as they should. There was a study in Popular Mechanics a few years ago which seemed to demonstrate that labelling a package ‘Fragile’ actually caused it to be handled more carelessly than one without the labelling. Full details here Shipping company reviews.


With this in mind we at Scarthingwell package your order as securely as possible. With  a view to saving money and resources we try to re-use as much waste packaging as we can without compromising the safety of your goods.

Few couriers will insure breakable items such as glass or ceramics which means we are unable to claim if any of these items are damaged in transit. So we must ensure breakable items  are well packed and well padded before we ship them out to you.


Most goods are wrapped individually in bubble wrap then placed in a re-used carton, padded with extra materials, usually waste polystyrene, card, bubble wrap or foam to ensure nothing moves within the box. This is why it may look like we emptied the contents of our warehouse bins into your box.

The benefits of this are we have reduced the amount of waste we send to landfill by around 50% and we save on packaging costs which we would otherwise have to pass on to our customers. We would suggest if you send goods by courier that you also consider re-using the packaging materials we send to you, this will further reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.


Many shipping companies recommend only using brand new cartons as the more times a carton is used the weaker it becomes. To compensate for this reduced strength this we will sometimes use 2 cartons, one packed into another to improve the protection given to the contents. So far this seems to have caused no more damage to goods in transit than when we used brand new cartons.

We continually monitor the amount of damages we have and modify our packing process as we encounter problems. Overall though we have seen the amount of goods damaged in transit reduced so we believe our policy of re-using packaging materials is a positive one which we intend to continue.

Scarthingwell reduce, re-use, recycle.

Scarthingwell reduce, re-use, recycle.

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Autumn Fair 2011 at the NEC in Birmingham runs from 04.09.11 to 07.09.11 this year and is a great place to view a large number of suppliers all under one roof. However not all suppliers exhibit at this exhibition and Scarthingwell Replicas is one of these.

After many years of regularly exhibiting at The Furniture Show (now Interiors Birmingham), The Spring Fair and The Autumn Fair we took a long hard look at the finances and practicalities of these exhibitions and decided, for us, the return was no longer worth the outlay. We found every year prices for every aspect of the exhibitions were increasing while footfall and the return on our investment were diminishing.

So our main point of contact with customers is now through our website where we showcase our full range of wholesale home accessories, our blog and through face to face visits from our sales agents. We have found this enables us to devote more energy to keeping our website as up to date as possible. All new items appear within a day or two of them arriving and we only show wholesale shabby chic gifts and furnishings which are in stock now. This means customers can place their order and receive all their goods within 4 or 5 working days, a far cry from competitor websites which show lots of out of stock items with long lead times.

If you have visited Autumn Fair and placed orders, only to be told after the exhibition there are long lead times for your goods we would suggest you take a look around our site to order goods which can be delivered and on your shop floor in less than a week. Don’t cancel your existing order but if you need stock quickly to sell while you wait for your Autumn Fair delivery, Scarthingwell is the place to buy giftware and accessories for immediate delivery.

We have new deliveries of stock arriving regularly between now and Christmas so do remember to check back regularly, or better still register for our regular emails advising when new stock is available.

The pre Christmas trading period is an incredibly important time for small and independent retailers and stock availability can make a huge difference to the purchasing decisions made by businesses planning for this time. With this in mind we keep our website as accurate and up to date with our current stock availability as we can to ensure our customers can plan and purchase to suit their needs.
We have several delivery options available and this combined with no minimum order value or minimum order quantity makes us one of the most accommodating and flexible wholesalers in the UK.

So if you didn’t find all you wanted at the Autumn Fair, your order may not be delivered before Christmas or you simply need some new, fresh lines take a look at our wholesale accessories and giftware or come and visit us at our cash and carry warehouse in North Yorkshire.

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Another container is due on Monday 14th Feb. This is a mixed container with lamps, umbrella stands, cake stands and resin figurines. All these items are now available to order through our wholesale website and can be delivered towards the end of next week.


PD035 Lady of the forest

GJ038 Nouveau lamp

GJ038 Nouveau lamp

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They have been out of stock for a while now but we have finally received a due date for the extremely popular antique cream clothes rails.


Antique cream clothes rail

The ship is due to dock on 24th November and they should be delivered to us around 29th November. These will arrive just in time for the busy Christmas period and it is advisable to place your orders soon to ensure delivery in time to make the most of the festive selling period.

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We have just taken delivery of 16 new lines. They can be seen here – > New from Scarthingwell.

We have another container arriving tomorrow with another 4 new lines of ceramic lamps. They can be seen here -> Scarthingwell wholesale lamps

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These new items can be viewed under wholesale hooks, wholesale cakestands and wholesale accessories.

You must register as a wholesale customer in order to view prices.

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CAV727 Red bath plaque


At last our popular ranges of metal ‘bath’ wall plaques are back in stock along with calendar boxes and some clocks. We now show all items expected soon at Scarthingwell at the foot of the front page at


CAV203 calendar box

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We have now taken delivery of some new frames, mirrors and small racks.


NJ827 Wall rack


NJ814 Gloss black photo frame

NJ817 Black hall mirror

Full details of all new items from Scarthingwell can be found at

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XY016 Antique gold daisy decoration

Although these have arrived a little later than we had anticipated there is still just time to order some of our newest items for delivery before Christmas.

They are not only suitable as Christmas decorations but would obviously make a fine addition to any festive dining table!

Other items in the range include daisy candle holders, bookends, trinket boxes and sconces.

In stock now.

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