I may have mentioned buying so much stuff in Bologna, that I mailed home (as did my partner in crime, Jerry) my "dirty clothes" to make room for 18 pounds of STUFF (cheese, vinegar, purses, etc.) in my luggage.
You have to love the Italian post office. They said it was open at 8:30, but at 8:15, they were open, and we were next in line. After almost an hour of filling out forms, weighing, coming up with an Italian address, and an inventory of what was in the boxes and it's value...we were set.
My box arrived in quite a sad condition, two weeks later.
They wouldn't let us tape the boxes, we could only use the 4 little stickers they gave us.
My box was mostly OPEN, but everything was inside, and it made it home!
This is what 74 Euro worth of postage looks like, but another extra bag with the airlines would have been tough to manage and cost $100!