(Closed) How do YOU go about moving/finding packing supplies?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 17
180 posts
Blushing bee

I agree with PP’s. Craigslist is the way to go. People are always giving away free boxes.

Post # 18
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Home Depot and work.

Post # 19
2738 posts
Sugar bee

Go to your local grocery store and talk to the manager. They will tell you when their shipments come in and you can go and pick up the boxes before they are ‘broken down’ or if you wan them in their original state, that’s good too. I wouldn’t pay $10 a box for nothing. When I’ve moved, I have used over 20 boxes and that’s just one person. I can’t even imagine how much more it will be for 2. Make sure you tape all the boxes bottom and top and be liberal with the packing tape which you can get at any regular store. If you have fragile stuff i.e., picture, china, mirrors etc, go to Home Depot and buy the special boxes they have for them although most moving companies give you a good deal on the special boxes. I know mine did.

Ps. Maybe it’s because I’ve lived in NYC but I am so leery of free stuff from CL…the bed bug infestation of yesteryear still creeps me out 🙁

Post # 20
1012 posts
Bumble bee

I have only moved once, and I hated it so much that next time I move I will be paying to do what my mother did.

She had a delivery company deliver a pile of boxes the week we moved.  She packed all the breakables and the kids packed most of the stuff in their rooms.  The morning of the move, a group of men (like 5-10) came into the house like a tornado and packed every single room, loaded it in the truck and moved it within a day. And I’m talking, we lived in this house for about 25 yrs there was A LOT of stuff.

 I will pay to have that kind of convenience for my next move. 

Post # 21
5473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I went by Target & JCPenney and asked them when their shipments came in, and if I could snag a few boxes.  I bought packing tape from Target while I was there, and a few sharpie markers.  I asked neighbors for old newspapers (for glasses & plates), and I tried to make sure boxes were labeled with either the contents or what room it was supposed to end up in.

In an odd twist of fate, when I bought my house I was on crutches, so I didn’t actually move anything.  Fiance & his rugby teammates did all the work!  Worked out fantastically!

Post # 22
10283 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We went the expensive route and bought a shitload of storage bins to pack all of our crap in. If you guys have any Family Dollars in your area, their bins are cheaper than any super store that sells them. I figured that while they were expensive (roughly $5 a pop and we needed like… 50 of them), they’d at least serve a purpose after we moved. We now have a surplus of storage bins in our garage that will be just as handy the next time we move as they were the first time.

Another option would be to call around to any wherehouses in your area to see if they have any boxes to spare. My co-worker is in the process of moving and she’s been collecting empty boxes from our wherehouse for months now.

Post # 23
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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@duckyducky:  They not only sell them, but a lot of times, if you catch a truck being unloaded, they will give you the boxes. 

I worked at Wal-Mart and all we did with the cardboard boxes was take them in back and put them in the baler.  That’s how I got boxes when I moved.  I also bought some Steralite containers with lids and have had them now for a few years.  They’ve come in handy for not just moving, but storage and other projects we’ve done around the house.

Moving sucks – good luck!

Post # 24
13889 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Call your local CVS or Target and ask the manager to hold boxes for you.  You generally have to go the day they get deliveries, but usually they’re willing to put some aside for people!  We’ve always gotten them from CVS with no problem.

Post # 25
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Join your local freecycle group (http://freecycle.org), read the membership rules and etiquette first. If you’ve got a strong group in your area, you will find tons of packing supplies up for grabs almost all the time but especially around the first of the month after everyone finishes moving.

Post # 26
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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@abbie017:  I did that, and ot most of my boxes that way! 

Post # 27
5669 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

For free boxes, I agree with the PP’s who said grocery stores. In high school I worked in customer service at a local grocery store and we used to get calls like this all the times. In regards to packing supplies I would go to a Staples or office supply store. Good luck with your move.


Post # 28
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Be careful of grocery store boxes, especially if your stuff will be in the boxes for more than a few hours. You want to make sure nothing leaked and you won’t get rot or vermin in your stuff from a dirty box! But things like cereal boxes, or anything at CVS, should be fine.

I like liquor store boxes in particular for glasses– sometimes they come with the dividers for the wine bottles, so you can separate your glasses and prevent breakage that way too. 

Post # 29
15144 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We used the boxes 20 pack of paper comes in, all collected from work.  They are perfect sized to not stuff so much in it so that its too heavy, guarenteed to be same size so it stacks easy, and has a lid so no tape needed!

Post # 30
3696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My SIL told me if we ever move again to go to Petsmart and ask for boxes.  She said they toss gobs of them everytime a truck comes, and they’re good boxes. 

Me – I’m paying someone to pack up everything that isn’t really valuable or fragile and move it for me, next time. I hate, no I loathe moving.  Our house is still stacked full of rubbermaid tubs of crap from my apartment.  Ugh. 

Post # 31
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I second @brooklynrocks We are moving this week, and we asked customer service at our local grocery store to hold them for us. They unpacked their deliveries overnight, and SO had to arrive at 7am to pick them up. They were huge but strong and good quality.

To supplement we bought some smaller boxes at home depot. Home Depot is supercheap. 75 cents per box.

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