Help! How to Get My Paris Flea Market Finds Home?

After living here in Paris for the better part of a year and trolling the city's famed flea markets, I finally decided to take the plunge and buy something. I scored six mid-century Italian lacquered folding chairs for a song and was on such a high from my first successful foray into the flea market world, that I neglected one very important fact: I am moving back to the States this fall and need to find some way to get the chairs back, too! What to do?Now, the obvious answer is to simply ship them back. But I don't need them in 3 days and services like UPS and FedEx want to charge me about 4 times what I paid for the chairs, and only offer speedy service.

As a professional designer, I have often arranged for antiques and art to be professionally crated and shipped from Paris, but again, at a premium. I'd be perfectly happy to wait 3 months for the chairs if I knew they were cozily ensconced in a shipping crate somewhere!

So, my question to you well-traveled Apartment Therapy readers is this:
Has anyone had any experience shipping their travel treasures home? If so, what is the most cost-effective and convenient way to do so?

Has anyone else passed up a flea market bargain overseas that you really regret because of shipping concerns?

Many thanks in advance for your insight!

Image Credit: Bethany Adams

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