Shipping Information

Shipping Cost

We ship items world-wide. The shipping cost for each item is included upfront in the listing (just below the price). Most item are shipped Priority Mail 2-3 day service  (6-10 day international). Some items have other shipping class options (you can click on "See More Services" if they do). In most cases we charge a flat rate for shipping anywhere in the US, which helps prevent excessive shipping prices  for items that have to cross the country. Shipping insurance, where applicable, is included in the shipping price (eBay no longer allows us to bill separeately for this, or make it optional). In most cases our flat rate shipping charge is less than the price of the USPS Flat rate Box, and this is before adding insurance. Many packages cost us more to ship than we charge the buyer. International shipping charges are calculated based on the weight and destination country. If possible we will ship small items internationally in the Flat Rate Envelope, which is substantially cheaper.

Combined Shipping

If you purchase more than one item we can usually give you a shipping discount. Please contact us via email if you have purchased, or plan to purchase more than one item. We are happy to hold items for a week or so to combine them for shipping if you are waiting for additional auctions to end.

Overnight Shipping

We generally are not able to offer overnight shipping unless arranged in advance – so please check with us before purchasing if you need something right away.

Turnaround Time

Once your payment has cleared, your item will generally be shipped within 48 hours (unless it is a weekend or holiday), often within 24 hours. Shipment is generally via the US Postal Service Priority mail, which takes 2-3 days for delivery depending on your location (we are located in the Pittsburgh, PA area) or approx. 6-10 days internationally. Oversize or heavy items may be shipped by another method, and shipping times may vary.

Tracking

You have probably noticed that a 'tracking number' is made available through Paypal or eBay if you look at your transaction for details. Please note that in most cases your package will be shipped via the USPS, and that the 'tracking number' provided is actually a delivery confirmation number. USPS now includes more information about the progress of packages, but it may take a day or so for the information to be updated. If you check the tracking status of your package a couple of days after it has shipped, and you still see a message stating that the post-office has been notified that your package is ready for mailing, please don't be alarmed.  If you still have not received your package a week after payment (unless by check), please contact me.

International Shipping - Customs

You may be charged an import tax or duty on your purchase depending on your country's laws. Please let me know if there is a specific wording you would like used on your customs form to describe the item. I generally list vestments as “Used Church Vestment”, since many countries do not charge duty on used, or religious items.
Please be aware that customs can sometimes delay the delivery of International packages. Although not common, it is not unheard of for a package to be held up in customs for a few weeks.