For some reason this doesn't seem to have posted the first time, so I'll try again. Sorry if the original shows up too!
I'll be coming down on Sunday with a suitcase of dolls for Holy Cross school. Since I almost always find myself "chosen" for a search, I want to know the correct thing to do when bringing donated items. The value of these dolls is probably about $350US if they were being sold at $5/each. The person donating them has about $50US total in them. Do I declare them? Is the email exchange with Holy Cross enough to prove that they are a donation?
I'm just an ordinary middle-aged woman, but there must be something about me when it comes to these Customs agents! After 9 trips down, I'd love to walk right through.
You can never really guarantee if or when you might have a problem Currie52 but you will probably be ok.
Before we moved here we came to visit once and I had our suitcases packed to the limit with all kinds of stuff to give away. Tupperware - sandwich maker- towels you name it, I remember standing inline thinking please do not open our suitcases or it will explode all over the place and I will never get it back in. Luckily they just waved us through.
When we were down last Aug there were 2 customs lines. The shorter line on the left was for people with items to declare and the longer line to the right was for people entering with nothing to declare. We had back packs and school supplies to donate so we took the short, items to declare, line. Explained to the agent that we had school items to donate and we were through faster than if we stood in the other line. It totally depends on the agent.