It doesn't seem to lock when it goes up, but still has no problem staying open. Be aware that lace covers the handle as well (hard to see in their photo) which is pretty, but could be irritating if you have sensory issues.
It comes in a nice plastic wrapper that I slip over mine for protection when not in use. I ordered this product alone, so it also came in a very nice fairly snug box that's just right to store about 2 parasol's in. Pay attention to shipping times, it can feel slow, but is accurate to what they tell you it will be for the rate you choose!
Personally, I still give this product 5 stars & am a returning customer of Light[in]theBox, as I will continue to be!
I provided two photos - one is blurry, but still shows the size of the umbrella compared to a large adult. The other is just the product to show that you really do get what you see!