View Full Version : Very OT. Olde worlde little parcels

bob ward
11-07-2011, 08:32 AM
I buy tools and inserts from CTC in Hong Kong from time to time, and they always arrive in these cute little string tied, shiny white cardboard boxes with lots of colourful stamps. To me the packets have an old fashioned quality to them, they are a welcome sight against the norm of brown cardboard, sticky tape and mailing imprints. Or maybe I'm just easily amused and distracted.


11-07-2011, 11:03 AM
Couldn't agree more.

The packaging (to me) looks like someone actually cares.

11-07-2011, 11:59 AM
It's great.

It brought back memories of good things that came in the mail - presents.:)

Brown boxes and couriers just aren't the same.:(

11-07-2011, 12:01 PM
Couldn't agree more.

The packaging (to me) looks like someone actually cares.

Or, heck, like someONE was actually involved.

I've gotta say if I got a package thusly wrapped, I'd probably slice the back to get the goodies out and keep it.

Black Forest
11-07-2011, 12:01 PM
OK you guys step back away from the computer and go do something! Admiring packaging and getting nostalgic etc. etc.. is really screaming to go do something!!!!!!

I do have one question. Why does the string go through the box and not all the way around?

11-07-2011, 12:52 PM
Why does the string go through the box and not all the way around?My vote is that the string passes through holes in the top and and bottom
sections of the box where they overlap together when closed, forming a
side of the box. The two flaps of the box (top/bottom) have to guillotine
the string before they can open.

The string DOES fully envelope the box. I propose that before the box is
closed, each end of a loop of string are passed from the inside of the box
out through holes in the bottom section, then the lid is closed and the ends
are passed through matching holes in the top section. After this, the two
lengths are wrapped around the parcel's length and width before being tied
off with one-another.


11-07-2011, 01:05 PM
yeah, ive had stuff with string delivered as well

even their envelopes are tied with string.

all the best.markj

11-07-2011, 03:29 PM
My old roomate was into gems. He used to get lovely packages from africa and pakistan delivered. A handmade sheet tin box lined in felt, wrapped in rough cloth and tied with string.

11-07-2011, 04:44 PM
We bought a couple small rugs in India and they wrap them up for you for easier transportation. The wrapping was canvas, stitched all around with a coarse twine but with a knotted or macrame section loose on one edge to form a handle for carrying. Very thoughtful. Of course we probably paid 75% more than they really expected since we didn't bargain very well.

11-07-2011, 05:30 PM
Geez i learn the darndest things on this site,,,,,

Interesting topic anyway.