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Old 05-03-2009, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Elkins, WV
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I always just went to the grocery stores and asked.
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:34 PM
 
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I would check out at Walmart near closing time.. They are pretty good with rounding up a bunch of boxes and saving it for you. Everytime I move I go there and get more boxes then I need.
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:49 PM
 
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Sources for boxes:

1) WalMart/Sams Club
2) Grocery stores - banana boxes are great
3) Kinkos and print stores
4) Liquor stores - the boxes are really strong.
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:54 PM
 
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A word of caution! Using boxes from an unknown source can bring unwanted guests into your home. Grocery store boxes can hide a lot of strange bugs and sometimes snakes. Unless you know where the boxes came from you are better off buying them. I move fairly often and I save my boxes. I break them down for storage and usually find a dry place to store without too much effort. I also save the boxes that merchandise, like computers, printers, comes in.

As another poster mentioned, try Craigslist. Post and ad for the boxes and you may consider offering a small sum for boxes in good shape. However, used boxes may contain unwanted guests.
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:51 AM
 
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If anyone is in the western Orlando suburbs, I have about 20 mixed size but VERY sturdy and clean boxes in my garage, free for the taking. DM me.
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:56 PM
 
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I agree with the Freecycle suggestion.

If you need large, sturdy boxes that have not had food products shipped in them, go to your local bicycle store. Helmet boxes (the ones that hold six hemets) and pump boxes are the largest. (Inner) tube boxes are super-duper sturdy. Bike boxes are great for wall mirrors and art.
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Old 05-08-2009, 05:41 PM
 
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I found a sweet grocery manager who saved me plenty and loaded them for me too

Thanks everyone
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Old 05-14-2009, 03:09 PM
 
Location: St Augustine
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Good luck, the last time I moved I felt like a box vulture. I drove all over looking for dumpsters with boxes. LOL My kids were all upset with me, "mom, I don't want to jump out and grab more boxes".

so funny...my kids were preschool age when we moved and they always said "mommy's obsessed with boxes" because I would scope out places.

Found the best big clean boxes behind the pet supply big box store. They were heavy duty and always in good condition. I never gave anyone my secret stash but i don't plan to move so now i can spill my secrets.
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Banana Republic, LA
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The last time I moved I talked to the manager of the local grocery store. I asked if we could get boxes and as long as we were there at the appointed time (before they were crushed) we could have as many as we wanted. It helps to talk to the manager.
I didn't read this whole thread, but the last time I moved this was the strategy that I used. I was in a small town at the time though. But I would think that if you ask the manager nicely your results would be the same. Find out when they crush or otherwise get rid of their boxes and see if you can get there before that time.
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Old 05-15-2009, 11:47 AM
 
Location: On the Ohio River in Western, KY
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The best boxes I have used for moving (with both of us being in the military at one point or another we moved ALL THE TIME!) are from this web site.

USPS | eBay

They are free to order as long as you have an active eBay account in good standing, and if you buy and sell on eBay it's even better, since you can use them for S&H materials. They are pretty sturdy, hold quite a bit, and aren't too big that they are cumbersome to carry. I suggest the 12x12x8 size for moving.

They come in a box with 25 boxes in it, you have to build them, but you can cut the tape and put them back in the storage box till you move again or need to pack stuff. You can order one 25 count of a specific type per day.

Actually, I have used the spare boxes in crafts and art projects as well. I give the kiddo a bunch of boxes, some duct tape, markers, paint, and crayons; and she builds forts and stuff in the backyard.
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