Where is a good place to find boxes to pack household goods?
Phyllis from Dayton, OH
If you work outside the home you might be able to bum xerox paper boxes from the office. Watch the curbs after Christmas ... There should be a lot of good boxes out then with all the online shoppers... All those gifts come in really sturdy shipping boxes. When all else fails ask your neighbors and your super market.
If you leave in the area of an indoor farmer's market. This is the best time to pick up orange boxes. The orange cartons are very sturdy and they make good boxes for moving. Also call a local pharmacy and talk with a manager. Stores always discard the boxes once they stock the shelves.
call your local beverage stores and ask for there wine boxes they are very hard corigatted cardboard boxes and even have sections in them for glass wear. they will give them to you free, also dollar stores or grocery stores get them before there send and crush day, free also.
Area senior care centers or assited living homes go thru large amounts of boxes daily. Many of these have handles on them. If you contact the central supply office they are free for the picking. Say hi to an elder while you are there too!
Eileen is right. Nursing homes, Assisted living homes. Or anywhere that orders supplies will give away boxs. It saves the supply person from breaking them down and hauling to the
dumpster out in the back 40 too. But you have to beat the employes to them, somone is always moving and wanting them. The *briefs* boxs are good, (my son inlaw calls them diaper boxs) my whole family has used them to move with. Most get supplies twice a week. Thats alot of boxs.
Office Max and stores that do copies will give you the empty copy paper boxes..these are great as they have lids and stack nicely :0)
Maggie in Bloomington, MN
I'm glad so many of you have had good luck finding boxes. I am packing up a relative's things to move her closer to us and cannot find an establishment that will part with a box. I tried the local beverage store as suggested and was told that "we don't do that". Same with the grocery store, discount store, dollar store, you name it. Then I noticed that several of the truck rental companies have "boxes for sale" signs in front of them. Apparently they have a monopoly on the box market in Pennsylvania and you have to purchase your boxes for big $$$. No such thing as a free box no matter how many are stacked by the register at the beverage store :(
Find or call an AVON representative in your area or city and ask for hers. she probably is throwing them in the trash.
Check a few other grocery stores for boxes. I love banana boxes for moving! They are the best. They are all of a uniform size, have a bottom and a lid, carry handles, have heavy duty brown paper for the bottom hole, an open ended plastic bag/tube to contain stuff and they stack like a dream.
And for stuff your not worried about containing you can use the tops and bottoms separately.
Request them on FreeCycle.com or Craigslist.com.
Check the thrift stores like Salvation Army or Goodwill (though they won't be the same size).
Go to your local liquor store. They are so happy to give you the smaller boxes [they don't have to rip them up!], plus, they don't get as heavy to move. They are also good for packing your books, again, they don't get so heavy.
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