New USPS Package Fees went into Effect 4/4/22

April 8th, 2022

USPS announced two new fees that went into effect this week. Packages over 2 cubic feet in volume will incur fees between $16.50 to $19 on top of the cost of shipping.  This will affect larger packages, particularly fiber and yarn, and makes UPS Ground and FedEx Ground more viable for shipments 2 cubic feet or more.

Here is an example of a 2 Cubic Foot box
      18″ x 15″ x 12.5″        3375 cubic inches

USPS Dimensional Noncompliance Fee

Shipments that are over 1 cubic feet or have a length greater than 22″ that are shipped with missing dimensions or incorrect dimensions will be charged an additional $1.50 noncompliance fee.
Shipments over 2 cubic feet (cubic volume exceeds 3456 inches) then the $1.50 noncompliance fee will automatically apply as well.

USPS Non Standard Fee

The USPS Non Standard Fee has a few more layers to unpack. Essentially, packages that exceed a certain dimensional threshold will incur an additional fee in addition to the postage.

  • Parcels that are longer than 22 inches but less than 30 inches will see a $4.00 surcharge.
  • Parcels that exceed 30 inches in length will incur a $15.00 surcharge.
  • Parcels that measure greater than 2 cubic (3456 cubic inches) feet will also see a $15.00 fee added.

It’s more important than ever to compare your shipping options to get the very best price. For packages over 16x12x12, compare UPS Ground, FedEx, and the new USPS Rates including the new fees to find your most economical rate.

New Rugs are Here!

January 18th, 2022

A new supply of our handwoven rugs are finally here!  Many sizes and color options, including 2’x3′, 3’x5′, 4’x6′ and runners of various lengths.  These gorgeous handwoven rugs are made from alpaca fiber from our farm in Vermont. They will become an heirloom, treasured for their beauty and durability.  The alpaca fiber is spun around a core, which gives the rug years of durability and allows it to be reversible. Each rug is unique.  Check them all out at our online store.

Production Cycles are Full thru 2022

April 16th, 2021

Thank you all for keeping us steadily busy!

The mill works with production cycles and we take reservations for those.  We are full for the remainder of 2021 as well as into 2022.  That being said, things do change so feel free to check with us about availability for a future slot.

If you want roving, rug yarn or batts (jobs that are just wash, pick, card), we accept a limited number of jobs for our work-in list. We work these jobs in when we are backed up at the spinner. Email vtfibermill@gmail.com if you are interested.  Jobs larger than 20 lb and/or wanting other services, like spinning, dyeing, separating or felting should be scheduled in a cycle.

If you would like a recommendation for a mill that may be able to accept your fiber, please email us at vtfibermill@gmail.com.

USPS Rate Increase

January 26th, 2021

Sorry everyone … USPS rates increased again on Sunday affecting Priority Mail, which we use for most of our packages to customers. We will continue to compare to UPS and FedEx and mail accordingly.

Virtual Holiday Open House for 2020

November 16th, 2020

Every year since we got alpacas in 2002 we have had a Holiday Open House on the farm, but sadly not this year. If you are still hoping to give those favorite alpaca socks or some other product we have in the store, you are welcome to stop by (appointment only and you must follow Vermont’s quarantine and testing requirements – check out our Visit page) or safely order online at our store. Most of our products are available thru our online store, but if you can’t find something you are looking for, please email us at mvfalpacas@gmail.com. Every few days thruout the season we’ll post suggestions of alpaca items available for gift giving, both for yourself and others!

Maple View Farm will be at the 3rd Annual Boston Farm & Fiber Festival

January 18th, 2020

Maple View Farm Alpacas will once again be at the 3rd Annual Boston Farm & Fiber Festival on February 9 from 10 am – 5 pm at the Boston Public Market at 100 Hanover St Boston.  We have a good supply of our yarn spun at VT Fiber Mill and other New England products.  For more info: hhttps://www.newenglandfarmtofiber.com/events-1/3rd-annual-boston-farm-fiber-festival-2020ttp://www.easternstatesexposition.com/p/fiberfestival

Holiday Open House is Just Around the Corner!

November 5th, 2019

Vermont Fiber Mill & Studio and Maple View Farm Alpacas will host its annual holiday open house on November 30 and December 1 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. Guests are invited to learn about alpacas, raised for breeding as well as their luxurious fiber. Visit the fiber mill and see a demonstration of the FeltLOOM, used to create felt fabric.  Then browse the farm store for great holiday gifts made from luxurious alpaca. It’s always a fun weekend!

Click on flyer to enlarge.

Maple View Farm will be at the Fiber Festival of New England

October 25th, 2019

Maple View Farm Alpacas will once again be at the Fiber Festival of New England in Springfield, MA. New location … same row but now right off the main aisle.  Great time to start thinking of those holiday gifts! Stop by and see what’s new. We have a good supply of our yarn spun at VT Fiber Mill.  http://www.easternstatesexposition.com/p/fiberfestival

Production Cycles are Full into 2021

October 3rd, 2019

Thank you all for keeping us steadily busy!

The mill works with production cycles and we take reservations for those.  We are full for the remainder of 2019 as well as 2020 and into 2021.

If you want roving, rug yarn or batts (jobs that are just wash, pick, card), we will be accepting limited jobs to our work-in list after January and into 2020. We work these jobs in when we are backed up at the spinner. Email vtfibermill@gmail.com if you are interested.  Jobs larger than 20 lb and/or wanting other services, like spinning, dyeing, separating or felting should be scheduled in a cycle.

If you would like a recommendation for a mill that may be able to accept your fiber, please email us at vtfibermill@gmail.com.

Maple View Farm will be at the Adirondack Wool and Arts Festival

September 12th, 2019

Maple View Farm Alpacas will once again be at the Adirondack Wool and Arts Festival (Formerly the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival) on September 28 & 29 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Greenwich, NY.   We have a good supply of our yarn spun at VT Fiber Mill.  Stop by and see what’s new! http://www.adkwoolandarts.com/home.html