Frequently Asked Questions

What are your shipping rates?

Listed below based on cart total, with shipping price after.

United States
$00.00–$39.99  -  $2.99 First Class Mail  (3-5 Business Days)
$40.00–$79.99   -  $4.99 First Class Mail  (3-5 Business Days)

$80.00 and over  -  $4.99 Priority Mail Insured  (1–3 Business Days)

$00.00–$39.99  -  $9.99 First Class Mail  (9-21 Business Days)
$40.00–$79.99  -  $14.99 First Class Mail  (9-21 Business Days)
$80.00 and over  -  $17.99 Priority Mail Insured  (6-10 Business Days)

$00.00–$39.99  -  $14.99 First Class Mail  (10-30 Business Days)
$40.00–$79.99  -  $21.99 First Class Mail  (10-30 Business Days)
$80.00 and over  -  $27.99 Priority Mail Insured  (6-10 Business Days)

•  Typically orders take 1-2 business days to be prepared, packaged, and dropped off. Most U.S. orders arrive within a week.
•  All U.S. orders come with tracking e-mailed upon shipment. Please allow 24-36 hrs for proper tracking information to kick in.
•  Please be aware that once an order is with USPS, the package is not in our control—but in the rare chance you have a big issue, tell us.
•  Since you're sent a digital receipt, we do not include a printed one in your shipment. (Good for gifts, and yay for less waste!)

International Orders
•  Be aware orders shipped outside the United States are subject to customs taxes (VAT) payable by the customer open delivery.
•  International orders do come with tracking, but depending on the destination tracking points vary along the way.
•  Upon entering your country, your order may be held in customs for up to 1–2 weeks—which is completely normal.
•  Your order may take up to 6 weeks to arrive if not sent Priority Mail, but if you believe you've encountered an issue contact us.
•  We offer shipping to 45 countries, but our apologies if we currently don't offer deliveries where you live.

Where is your store located? What are your hours?

Strange Ways is located in the city of New Haven, CT. We opened a physical shop to allow for more interaction with customers and expand the shopping experience. We do still have a large online business to take care of, so please check our store hours before stopping by! Read more about visiting the storefront.

If you can't make it into the storefront, feel free to buy from our online shop 24/7. However, you cannot order online and pick-up in-store.

Strange Ways
910 Whalley Ave
New Haven, CT

Mon + Tues  •  Closed
Weds–Fri  •  12–6PM
Saturday  •  10AM–4PM
Sunday  •  10AM–3PM

If you're mailing a package to Strange Ways, use our shipping address below.

How can I get a hold of you?

The shipping address below is for mail. If you wish to speak to us directly, the most effective way is to use the contact form. Sorry, we do not have a phone number. We use e-mail specifically to keep better note of correspondence.

Strange Ways
P.O. Box 3374
New Haven, CT 06515

When will _______ be back in stock?

In short: hopefully within a 4–6 weeks after it sells out. However, there are no guarantees as it may depend on the designer(s) we work with. If it's been longer than that, don't keep waiting! If an item is not even our website anymore, it's most likely never coming back.

Please don't e-mail us asking when a specific item will be back in stock—this will be the answer. :) If you see something you like in the future, buy it pronto!

Long answer: we restock product every month, but there is no set pattern to certain items coming back. We carry a large assortment of different designers, artists, and brands that all release things on different timelines. It may look like a lot of items are out of stock (particularly patches or pins), but we do our best to remove any items that won't be restocked again. If you can still view the item, there's a good chance you'll be able to buy it again in the near future—but that time has no set date.

How do I return or exchange an item?

Contact us within 30 days of receiving the item(s). Please do not send the item(s) back without giving us notice first. If we receive items back in the condition they were sent, there should be no issue. Buyer is responsible for return shipping cost, and original shipping charge cannot be refunded.

If the item you received is damaged, please contact us ASAP. We'll work with you on either a replacement or a refund if deemed appropriate after a review.

Please note that after the 30 days neither a refund nor a replacement can be given. Sale items and custom pieces are not returnable.

Please do not DM us on social media for concerns on your order—please use our contact form for better communication.

My order never arrived. Where is it?

First, please check the shipment confirmation e-mail that was sent to you. See if the tracking number tells you any information.

If your order seems stuck in transit, reach out to the United State Postal Service customer service line at 1 (800) 275-8777. They will ask for your tracking number, and likely open a case to search for it. This is exactly what we would do if you contact us about a situation like this.

If tracking says your order was delivered, but it's not in your possession please check with neighbors or contact your local post office. Your package may be in their hands. We also suggest waiting 1-2 days to see if your local post office scanned it incorrectly along the way.

International orders can take up to 6 weeks to be delivered if not sent Priority Mail. Even if tracking has stopped, many countries do not continue proper tracking for every step of the way. Please only reach out after it's been 6 weeks since your order was shipped, as it may still be on its way.

Please note there is a time limit for rectifying lost orders, which starts on the day the order was shipped out. For U.S. orders it's a 45 day policy, for Canadian orders it's 60 days, and for International orders it's 75 days.

Refunds are not issued when proof of delivery is provided via tracking.

If an order is undeliverable and returned back to Strange Ways, we will attempt to contact the original buyer in a timely manner. Buyer is responsible for return shipping cost before sending out again, and the original shipping charge cannot be refunded.

If you still have concerns, please contact us.

Why does it cost so much to ship one patch?

Every order we send out is shipped as a package. This includes patches—even one patch! Why? It's more reliable delivery for customers. We used to put very small packages in an envelope, slap a stamp on it, and hope for the best. The orders didn't always get to their final destination.... So yes, if you live halfway across the world from us you may end up paying more on shipping than the item. Our suggestion: order more to make it worth it! For everyone! For the world!

Can I carry your product in my shop?

We don't sell wholesale. We're a shop that works with designers to sell their products at Strange Ways. Product that is exclusive to our shop is not for resale.

Will you carry my product?

We're constantly bringing on new product, brands, and inventory. If you think you have something that fits the shop, contact us with links to product imagery plus wholesale pricing. If interested, we will contact you when we're accepting new items.

We excel in showcasing unusual, strange, fun, and relevant product from independent artists, designers, and brands. Strange Ways is about featuring original designs; please don't contact us with work that may seem like rip-off product or fake merchandise.

Keep in mind we can't accept everything, and the concept of a curated shop like Strange Ways is to keep within our brand vision and concept assortment. If we don't get back to you, our apologies.

Please note we do not accept submissions via DMs on social media.

Can you make my custom pin, patch, t-shirt, or other item?

We currently only produce work which will be sold at Strange Ways. We are first and foremost a retail shop—not a production facility.

We do *not* do customer orders.

How do I attach patches? Why doesn't my patch have an iron-on backing?

Roughly 90% of the patches we carry have iron-on backings. We call out in the product listing if they do. These backings make attaching items to all *non* heat-sensitive materials fairly easy. The warmth of the iron will melt the backing and adhere to the material it's on. You can place a fabric layer between the iron and the patch to prevent burning, or try ironing the garment inside-out to the back of the patch.

Some patches we carry do not have iron-on backings—it depends on the designer and manufacturer. If in the product description an item doesn't say it has an iron-on backing, it most likely will not. To adhere these patches one can buy fabric glue (like this one from us), use a sewing machine, attach safety pins to corners, get a simple needle and thread, and many other creative options. Have fun with it!

Even patches with iron-on backings, we recommend sewing (at least a few points) or reinforcing all patches for longevity. This is especially true for large back patches and thick chenille patches. Depending on where you are attaching patches, iron-on backings can start to peel off with wear and tear. Take care of your patches, and they'll stay close to you.

What is the sizing on your apparel?

Because we stock items from many different artists and brands, it's not possible to give one sizing guide for all. All tees, sweatshirts, etc. are considered basic unisex/men's fit and anything straying from that normality will be mentioned on each product page.

Why should I buy from Strange Ways?

A top-level answer would be because you think the product we offer is pretty awesome! The shop is curated to carry unique and different items you might not find at other stores. We purposely try to focus less on “brands” but products instead. By having a more product-focused inventory, we can pick the best pieces to create an exciting trunkload of mysterious and wonderful treasures.

On a deeper level we take pride at Strange Ways in supporting the underdogs. We buy from and work with small brands and independent designers/artists. We actively seek out creative entrepreneurs doing things differently, and making quality product while at it. The world is becoming increasingly smaller and it's much easier (and more satisfying) to support small business than big-box consumerism. Strange Ways wants to be a part of that.

Who is your consumer/audience?

We imagine our consumer is anyone who wants something different; something that stands out. This often means they're a “different-thinker” themselves. But to try and define these people would almost be defeating the point. You know one when you see 'em.

Every item we carry usually has at least one thing unusual or defining about it. Often our stock can be viewed as statement pieces; which makes sense because many of our customers want to make a statement. Most of the items we carry are smaller, less-expensive pieces that can be added to your outfit or home to help express a bit of personality.

Are you looking for promoters?

We got promotion covered ourselves, but thanks for thinking of us! Please don't contact us about this as we won't write back.