Foosball, also known as table football, table soccer, or kicker, is a table-top game and sport that is loosely based on association football. It usually contains rows of foos men, or figures shaped like football players made from either plastic, metal, wood, or sometimes carbon-fibre. The figures are mounted on horizontal metal bars which are rotated by players to “kick” a ball into the opposing goal.
Foosball tables can vary in size, but a typical table is about 120 cm (4 ft) long and 61 cm (2 ft) wide. Smaller and more portable desktop versions are also available which are popular among aficionados with limited space. Read more →
Castanets are hand percussion instruments consisting of a pair of concave shell-shaped wooded pieces joined on one edge by a string. A player usually uses a pair of castanets on each hand and click them together to produce rhythmic sounds. The instruments are traditionally made from hardwoods including chestnut, which is Castaño in Spanish and where they probably got their name. Apart from wood, fiberglass is becoming an increasingly popular material for making castanets. Castanets are also popular in dance particularly in several forms of flamenco.
In order for the castanets to sound good they must be taken care of to prevent cracking or breaking. Exposure to the elements, particularly moisture or extreme temperatures can cause damage. When shipping, castanets must be well packed to protect them from impact and the elements. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship castanets. Read more →
Perfume bottles, particularly antique or vintage ones, are highly collectible because of their uniqueness and beauty. Those made from centuries ago are highly prized not only for their history but also for their exquisite craftsmanship. During those days, perfume bottles are painstakingly hand-crafted and thus, one-of-a-kind. Perfume bottles of recent years are usually mass-produced by machines and have lost their unique qualities. Nevertheless, they are still collected for their beauty.
Bottles for perfume can be made from various materials including crystal, porcelain, glass, pewter and other precious metals. They are usually ornate and decorated with intricate designs. They can have equally ornate stoppers or atomizers. Prices of antique perfume bottles can range from few dollars to thousand of dollars. Read more →
Boxes are the most popular containers for shipping. The hard and sturdy walls of a shipping box protect items from getting compressed when heavy packages are stacked over it during transit.
Shipping boxes come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, materials and accessories to strengthen and secure them. Depending on the size, weight and shape of an item, an appropriate box must be used for optimum protection. A box that is too large may incur extra shipping charges or add cost on packing materials while a box that is too small may not provide enough space for fillers that will help protect the contents from damage due to impact and vibration during transit. Here are some tips on how to select the right size box for shipping. Read more →
Shipping items abroad requires a little more care and effort than if they were being sent domestically. Remember that your package will not only be handled by your local carrier but also by your destination country’s carrier. Handling procedures and facilities differ from country to country. Packaging that may work in your domestic shipments may not be as effective when you send items abroad. Your shipment could be battered, pushed, rolled or dropped during unloading, while moving through Customs, or in transit to its final destination. Thus, attention to packing is an absolute must to ensure that your items reach their destination in good condition. Here are some packing tips to ensure safe transit of your international shipments.
Use appropriate boxes. For optimum protection, use a new, sturdy corrugated box that is large enough to accommodate your product and provide extra spaces for packing materials on all sides. Also pay attention to the weight of your item and that the box can support it. Read more →
The yo-yo is one of the most popular toys of all times. It was first invented in ancient Greece and made even more popular in the 1920s. Today, yo-yoing is more than just a pastime, it has become an important part of contemporary culture. Yo-yo competitions are popular all over the world where yo-yo experts can strut their latest tricks.
The basic yo-yo typically consists of an axle connected to two disks with a length of string looped around the axle. It can be made from a variety of materials including wood, metal and plastic. Some fancy yo-yos are even equipped lights making them popular among children. Read more →
The cost of shipping items can get very expensive. This prompts many shippers to reuse old packing supplies such as boxes and envelopes to minimize expenses on packing materials. While the dumpster can be a great source of free boxes, using these found supplies is not always economical. We list down several reasons why you should think twice before re-using old boxes.
The strength and durability of old boxes may have been compromised. Having lost their integrity, they may not provide optimum support to your items. Remember that packages may undergo falls, bumps and rough handling during transit. Old boxes with weakened seams may tear and burst open when exposed to such impact. Read more →