I love running a blog and writing reviews for so many reasons. I’ve got friends who joke that I’d give my opinion on just about anything and that MIGHT be true. The most exciting thing for me as a blogger is getting packages in the mail! As a kid, getting mail was SUCH a treat and it’s never lost that luster. As you might imagine, I get packages almost daily. For so long, I was a stay-at-home-mom but recently, I began working as a Beauty Consultant at Ulta. That meant I wasn’t always here to receive packages, not to mention, who really wants to sit around and wait on the mail man? (and FedEx, FedEx Ground, DHL and UPS….)
Something I’ve never mentioned on my blog before is the amount of mail theft I’ve dealt with since becoming a blogger. I had over $600 worth of products stolen off my front porch last December alone. While some of that was blogger mail, many of those items were also purchases for the Holiday. It was devastating and it got so bad that I would NEVER leave my home! Being paranoid that my packages would be stolen followed me into the New Year and only stopped recently, when I received the best product to keep my packages safe while I’m away.
So what is an ElephanTrunk? Well, they are made by Architectural Mailboxes. Architectural Mailboxes creates decorative mailboxes for your home. While the carry a wide range of wall mounted mailboxes and traditional “by the road” mail boxes, the ElephanTrunk is their first, full-size parcel drop. It’s also the newest product in their collection and I can’t tell you how honored I was to be able to review this product!
While this might look like a beautiful box sitting on a front porch, I can whole heartedly say that Architectural Mailboxes thought of absolutely everything to keep your packages secure AND keep your front porch looking beautiful.
Visually (minus our crude chalk drawings) the ElephanTrunk is sleek and muted. While my friends and mail workers asked a lot of questions when this first showed up on my porch, it doesn’t draw any unwanted attention from thieves! The entire thing is made of powder dusted aluminum. It’s easy to clean and resistant to all of the elements. I keep this on my covered porch and it’s held up amazingly so far, it looks brand spanking new!
It looks nice and it houses your packages while you’re away, right? Well, let me tell you why this is leaps and bounds above what you might already think you know 😉
Having your mail man (or woman) drop packages in your ElephanTrunk is a breeze, you simply pull down the handle and insert a package. There is a rolling drum, just like the blue USPS drop boxes! Thus far, I’ve only had one very long package that did not fit, but I’ve also had 6 packages total placed inside! While the space is not infinite, it’s large enough for even the busiest of bloggers 😉 On the inside, there is a cushioned pad that your packages land securely on.
When you’d rather not have packages delivered OR you’re sending our a package, you can use the clear divider included with your parcel drop to block packages from falling. You can also pull down the yellow “No Deliveries” tab!
The other day, my FedEx lady asked me, point-blank, “What is to keep someone from just taking the whole thing?” While the ElephanTrunk has some weight to it, I can easily lift it by myself (I’d guess it weights between 30-40lbs). I smiled and replied “It’s bolted to my porch.” She smiled and replied “Got cha!”. That’s right, aside from the drill you’ll need to drill your 5/8″ hole, the ElephanTrunk comes with everything you need to bolt that sucker down!! The ONLY way to unscrew it from your porch is from the inside!
After realizing this, I genuinely thought that they had thought of absolutely everything and I was good to go! Then, I set it on my porch. My home is over 60-years-old so my porch is not as level as it likely should be. So, my trunk wobbled all around. I remember thinking “Oh great!” then I sat back down with my manual to make sure I hadn’t done anything wrong! That’s when I realized Architectural Mailboxes had done it again with ALL adjustable feet! All I had to do was turn the feet (righty-tighty or lefty loose-y) until I had the perfect height for each leg!
It’s great to have such a well made and useful product on my porch, but it’s the little things (and how they left nothing out!) that really set the bar for my Architectural Mailboxes experience! With online shopping becoming a really phenomenon, I can’t imagine any home not needing this!
One VERY lucky reader will win their very own ElephanTrunk Parcel Drop box from Architectural Mailboxes! With the Holidays fast approaching, they will give you the gift of peace of mind while you conveniently shop online this year 😉 Enter below for your chance to win!