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mo
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I might be moving to st. thomas this year due to husband's work. I've been doing a lot of research but am wondering what most of you who already live there do most often for shopping, mainly things like clothes, things for your house, etc. Do you buy local, or have it shipped? I've been checking a lot of store's websites to see if they deliver to USVI, and am finding that a good amount do for not that much extra. Any opinions/help? Thanks!

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Topic starter Posted : March 25, 2007 12:09 am
piaa
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A few places that ship via USPS Priority (the cheapest way)

J Crew
Nordstrom
Beach Bliss
Pottery Barn
Company Store
Restoration Hardware
Crate and Barrel
CVS
Drugstore
Dermstore - for great deals on facial products etc http://www.dermstore.com/
Ebay (some vendors)
and more - but that gives you an idea 🙂

Pia

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Posted : March 25, 2007 1:00 am
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EBAY for sure! Great for housewares like sheets & small appliances plus I get a lot of my shoes there (new.) Just do make sure, as Piaa mentioned that the seller will mail to the USVI, not use Fed-Ex or UPS which are ridiculously expensive here.

Also:

Lands' End
JC Penney's
Amazon.com for books
Neiman-Marcus
Coldwater Creek
J.Jill
Magellan's for travel goods

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Posted : March 25, 2007 11:15 am
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Another great book source is Daedalus books. They not only ship here, but when you order, the shipping is 4.95, now matter how many books you order.

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Posted : March 25, 2007 12:05 pm
Onika
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Barnes & Noble. Free shipping over $25
Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic
Target (but not for oversized items)
Macys
Sears
Ditto Trade about Ebay. You REALLY have to educate some sellers regarding USPS v. UPS or FedEx.

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Posted : March 25, 2007 1:07 pm
mell
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Wow!!!

This a TREMENDOUSLY helpful thread -- always great to be learning new shopping info!!!

Here are a few more to add to the list:

Petco
1-800 Pet Meds
Neiman Marcus (except certain cosmetics -- depending on vendor)
Neiman Marcus Last Call (whoo hoo!!!)

edited to correct typo

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Posted : March 25, 2007 3:21 pm
AnnNYpisces
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And don't forget:

Victoria's Secret
QVC
HSN
Talbot's

Happy shopping, all!

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Posted : March 25, 2007 3:37 pm
piaa
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Forgot to add........

Nordstroms
Zappos

Pia 🙂

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Posted : March 25, 2007 5:11 pm
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also note this:

While many ship to the U.S.V.I. some are not set up to except payment from a credit card with an address in the V.I. , however, most credit card companies will let you use two addresses and we set one up with parents' stateside address so we could order online.

Ditto on the Victoria's Secret. Best swimsuits and during the winter you can get them cheap! They always shipped fast, but they will fill up your mail box with catalogs!

Red Hook Postal Service have a service to receive packages in the states and then forward them to the island for any company that won't ship directly to the V.I. At least they did last year. If you really need something, it might be worth looking into.

Teresa

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Posted : March 26, 2007 2:54 pm
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"Red Hook Postal Service have a service to receive packages in the states and then forward them to the island for any company that won't ship directly to the V.I."

Back Street Boxes in Bakery Square (town) also provides this service.

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Posted : March 26, 2007 3:00 pm
mell
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My .02 for those interested in yet another option:

I keep a box at a UPS store in the states for those times that I cannot get a company to ship here.

After checking out many available mail services offered through the states and here, I found that having a box at a UPS store was the least expensive option. I have also been very pleased their very reliable service in the past year (plus). Even though it is UPS, they have no problem with forwarding my packages to me via USPS -- Priority or Parcel post, whatever I prefer.

Once again fellow posters -- great thread. I love these types of threads, where we get to share much useful information!

🙂

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Posted : March 26, 2007 3:11 pm
Teresa
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Back Street Boxes has the best owners. Very cool good people. I am glad they have that service as well.

Teresa

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Posted : March 26, 2007 3:45 pm
Linda J
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Adding my two cents.

We live on STX and have a regular USPS po box. I also have 2 credit cards with VI billing and mailing addresses. I have had very little problem ordering on-line, paying with my VI cc and having my packages shipped to my USPS po box. A few companies have lost my business, but that number declines every day as on-line shopping grows and businesses get more savvy..

My po box costs $39 a year.

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Posted : March 26, 2007 5:28 pm
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Since we are still on my favorite subject (;)), I thought I would add, see if you can find a friend (or your husband) who receives mail at work.
I use my office for both packages and magazine subscriptions. It greatly increased the success rate for delivery for my New Yorker/Wired/Nat' Geo. and also means that my packages are received by a person.

Otherwise, if you have a PO box you have to stand in line to pick up the package. Very time-consuming.

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Posted : March 26, 2007 6:01 pm
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Red Hook Mail Service no longer offers mail forwarding from the States.

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Posted : March 26, 2007 9:53 pm
Teresa
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Back Street Boxes your best option on STT then!

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Posted : March 26, 2007 11:17 pm
mo
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wow, thanks so much for the info everyone! It really helped (and also made me feel better about not being out of touch from the rest of the world.) I figure anything i really need but can't get my sister or mother can ship down here, but i don't want to be constantly nagging them. Thanks again!

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Topic starter Posted : March 28, 2007 3:00 pm
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Did anyone mention Eddie Bauer? They mail here also.

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Posted : March 29, 2007 12:36 am
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