Planning a trip to NYC for a little Garment District shopping, but are worried about not having enough room in your suitcase for all the fabric and supplies you hope to buy? Though some stores will ship your purchases to your home (I know Metro Textiles does this), most of the time you're going to end up schlepping heavy bags around the city and hoping you can cram your goods into your already-stuffed suitcase. If this is you, read how my commenter Anonymous makes traveling home from the Garment District more manageable:
"When I make the trip to NYC, I take along a roll of package tape, a Sharpie, a ball of twine, scissors, and those wire and tube handles they sometimes give you at stores to hold the handles of your shopping bag together. I also try to put at least 2 Priority Mail boxes (flat) in my suitcase.
I shop during Day 1 and fill up my boxes at night at the hotel. I tape the boxes, address them, and tie them with twine so the handle holder can slip through. Voila—boxes with a handle for each hand. Sometimes I stack 2 boxes together and tie/use one handle. I can carry 4 large, filled boxes that way, no cab needed.
First stop on Day 2 is the post office on 38th St., midway down the block between 7th & 8th Avenues. I mail my boxes, letting the clerk snip the twine and give it back to me with the handles. I pick up more empty boxes, which I tie with the twine and pop a handle on. I shop awhile and then go back to the hotel for lunch and to ditch my empty boxes, which are ready to be filled that night (after more shopping).
I realize that the timing of a trip has to work out so that the P.O. is open when you need it, but this shopping/shipping home system WORKS! And you don't scare TSA agents at the airport when you try to go through security with metal sewing notions in your bags. I've been shopping/shipping like this for years, and I think it's the only way to fly when you're from out of town and you're on your own in the Garment District."