Towards the back end of last year I discovered a website called Shop and Box. I was originally looking for US drop shipping companies in order to have Colourpop Cosmetics shipped to me in the UK, but recently branched out and decided to place an order from the Japanese Disney Store.
The basic concept of Shop and Box is that you create your wishlist on their website, and when you're ready to order, submit it. Your order then gets assigned to a boxer in that country, who will confirm the availability of your items as well as the price. Once confirmed, you will be asked to pay Invoice #1, which is the total cost of your items plus any taxes and domestic shipping fees. Your boxer will then go ahead and order your items, check them over once they've arrived and repackage them to save shipping costs. They will provide you with an estimated cost for your chosen shipping method, and will then submit Invoice #2 for payment. This will contain your international shipping fee and your Shop and Box service charge. After receipt of payment, your boxer will ship your items to you!
This was my 4th order placed and I have received customs charges only twice.
When it came to browsing the Disney Store Japan website, I found navigation pretty complicated (not being fluent in Japanese and all) but Google translate helped me out a bit. I found that if I wanted to search for something in a specific category, I'd need to translate the text to Japanese first and then search.
I couldn't resist the Mrs Potts & Chip bag for my upcoming (well, 8 months) trip to Disney World. It's large enough to throw in the essentials and it isn't a nuisance to wear on your shoulder. The inside lining is pink with illustrated Beauty and the Beast characters, and I love that it's subtly Disney without being too over the top.
I found the selection of purses that were available overwhelming. There were so many beautiful designs to choose from! In the end I settled on this Little Mermaid one due to how pretty it was. It contains more than enough room for all of my cards, change, notes and receipts - something I think is difficult to find in a purse as I always end up bulking them up! There's a cute little illustration of Flounder on the back, too.
Last but not least I spied this diary in the sale. I've been after a diary but most that I'd seen had cost more than I wanted to pay. I wish I'd ordered it earlier as it has the last few months of 2015 inside, but it does go all the way up to the end of 2016. It's littered with adorable Disney characters from the classic movies and is really nicely laid out. I'm looking forward to using it!
If you're looking to shop from international stores that aren't readily available in the UK I'd definitely recommend Shop and Box. With this particular order I was assigned to boxer Hiro and my items were with me less than a week after submitting my request!