About 18 months ago, we ordered a table and chairs
from a furniture store in the Amish area outside of Lancaster, PA.
The material arrived, wrapped in styrofoam (sheets mostly) and
plastic wrap), the whole thing inside cardboard. It took awhile for
me to unpack it, so I was a bit nervous because if there was
any damage, the shipping company (UPS) would be liable and it
was several weeks pass the delivery. Not a scratch. We paid
for shipping across country to California, mind you, and I think
it was only about $300.
I'd look into doing that.