Although this was a beautiful and well constructed storage bench it was definitely mildewed. The outer box was dry as well as the outside of the bag it was enclosed in. As soon as I took it out of the box and bag all I could smell was mildew. I immediately took it out of my house and contacted customer service. It took them 5 minutes to resolve the issue and refund my purchase. It is too bad because it was a perfect bench for my bedroom. I plan to try to buy furniture made in the US. Overstock was great though and I plan to make many more purchases from them!