A few weeks ago a reader suggested that I use Ship Happens in Sumas to avoid international shipping charges and exorbitant brokerage fees on items purchased in the US. Yesterday I headed over the border (a 40 minute drive) to pick up a new blanket for Raven, several CordPro reels, and some other Christmas presents for a total value of $400 USD.
Of course Canadians are required to pay duty on anything we bring across the border unless we have been gone for long enough to earn an exemption (half an hour isn't long enough). I am convinced that most border guards can tell when people are lying, so I put the blanket on the front seat of the Miata and stashed everything else in the trunk.
Guard: How long have you been outside of Canada?
Me: 20 minutes (true)
Guard: What was the purpose of your trip?
Me: To pick up this horse blanket (true)
Me: About $125 (true)
Guard: Anything else?
Me: A bottle of fabric softener... (true)
Guard: I'll let you go.
Me: Aw thanks! You're awesome.
Guard: I know.
And that was that. Perfect timing too, as we got some serious snow last night and today. Raven is toasty warm and Tonka is wondering where *his* puffy blanket is. I keep telling him that he's wearing it, but he is obviously skeptical, especially considering that his 1200D sheet is totally covered in icicles.