News from Curio City

Free Shipping On Orders of $75 or More
  Thursday, November 27, 2014

From now until midnight Eastern Standard Time on Cyber Monday (Dec. 1), all orders over $75 will automatically get free shipping to US addresses (including territories and possessions, but not military APO addresses) -- no coupon needed. We will choose the cheapest method between First Class Package, UPS Ground, or Priority Mail. Expedited shipping options are still available at the usual prices if you are in a hurry. All orders received this weekend will ship on Monday.

The Return of Same-Day Shipping
  Thursday, November 27, 2014

When will it ship?
Same-Day Shipping is in effect from Monday, Dec. 1 through Tuesday, Dec. 23. It works like this:

  • Orders received by 2 pm Eastern Standard Time Monday - Thursday ship the same day;
  • Orders received after 2 pm EST Monday - Friday ship the next day;
  • Orders received after 2 pm EST Fridays and weekends ship the following Monday;
  • Give us one extra day to process international orders and packages too large for a drop box.


Same-Day Shipping is a promise, not a guarantee. We might miss it if our carrier fails to pick up packages as scheduled, or in case of severe weather, or if we have more orders than we can physically process. If we expect delays, we'll tell you about it here.

How long will it take?

The following normal transit times are only guaranteed where specified (and even then there's some fine print at the end). "Days" means Monday through Friday. The USPS delivers on weekends, but UPS does not.

  • First-Class Package: 2-5 days. The farther you live from New England, the longer this ground service takes;
  • UPS Ground: 1-5 days. The farther you live from New England, the longer this ground service takes:
  • Priority Mail: 2-3 days.
  • UPS Second Day Air: 2 business days, guaranteed*
  • Priority Express: 1-2 days, guaranteed*
  • UPS Next-Day Air: Next business day, guaranteed*

*The carriers don't honor their guarantees when severe weather affects the delivery address or their central processing hubs. When they notify us of delays, we'll post them here. Curio City Online does not guarantee delivery dates when the carriers void their own guarantees. If a package is delivered after its guaranteed date while the guarantee is in effect, we will refund your shipping charge.

If we didn't answer all of your questions here, you can find more detail on our Shipping & Returns page.

Holiday Shipping Deadlines
  Tuesday, November 11, 2014

These are the latest dates that you can place an order and still expect US addresses to get your shipment before Christmas. They include one day for us to process and ship your order. Add one extra day for packages (like bird kites) that won't fit in a drop box:

  • UPS Ground: Wednesday, Dec. 17 to destinations in the 48 contiguous states. Christmas delivery not guaranteed.
  • First-Class Package: Friday, Dec. 19 to most US destinations. Christmas delivery not guaranteed.
  • Priority Mail: Friday, Dec. 19 (will ship on Saturday to arrive by Wednesday, but not guaranteed)
  • UPS Second Day Air: Sunday, Dec. 21 (will ship on Monday to arrive on Wednesday, guaranteed)
  • Priority Mail Express: Monday, Dec. 22 (will ship on Tuesday to arrive on Wednesday, guaranteed)
  • UPS Next-Day Air: Monday, Dec. 22 (will ship on Tuesday to arrive on Wednesday, guaranteed)

USPS began delivering packages on Sundays on Nov. 17. UPS does not deliver on weekends at all.