All patterns are shipped FREE to any of the lower 48 states. They are shipped in a plastic bag to protect it from the elements. All patterns have been personally inspected to ensure accuracy. UNCUT patterns are in original envelope, factory folded and include the instruction sheet(s) unless noted otherwise. CUT patterns have been altered in someway. The pattern could be completely or partially cut and completely or partially used. Some CUT pattern pieces may have been cut, altered and taped or have pin holes. CUT pattern pieces may have been cut into smaller pieces and traced. There is no way to be sure how cut pieces have been used. Patterns come from a smoke free home, but we do have pets. I do not know if they come from a smoke free or pet free home before I purchased them.