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Old 07-31-2008, 09:55 AM
 
Location: (WNY)
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I have a trick for packing plates... I put them in a rubber maid container and place styrofoam plates in between each plate- then a sheet of cardboad box from liquor stores between each stack... the containter keeps the plates much safer and the packing in between is inexpensive and easy to do... I never broke a single plate when I used this method... Liquor stores are always giving away extra boxes- great for packing. AND Newspaper is a great friend as well... let you neighbors know you are willing to recycle for them
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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I was able to haul off all of the bubble-wrap and packing materials I wanted by visiting my area's furniture stores. While they keep some stuff for the store's use, to deliver things, much of it goes to the dumpsters behind the stores. I found if I asked for boxes from other retailers, and picked them up, I could have them too. Even boxes they have broken down can be re-used by taping the seams again, just like movers do.

I did invest in dish packs from Lowe's, which included the plastic to protect my crystal and china. You can also pack your household dishes between clean dishtowels, and bath towels, and other soft items.
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Norcross GA
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Where are the best places to buy things like bubble wrap, boxes, etc. for moving? I don't want to spend a fortune.

Thanks in advance!
I have been comparison shopping. And I go with whoever has that item cheapest. For example I compared mattress covers btw uhaul and penske online and u haul is cheaper by $2. With so much competition they all are high to me and it's better to get used boxes. Matter of fact I passed one at work and it was a good office depot box! Gonna go grab it now
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Old 08-01-2008, 02:53 AM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Here is the correct method for packing plates - you will have the least amount of breakage.

http://http://www.atlasworldgroup.com/howto/pack/#packing
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:44 PM
 
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I bought my supplies from http://www.movingboxcenter.com/ when i moved earlier this month. i believe it should be among the cheapest when it comes to buying online with delivery.
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Old 08-02-2008, 11:44 AM
 
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If you decide to use used boxes you may be inviting some unwanted visitors into your home. If you don't really know the source of those boxes I would opt for new ones.
Lowes was the cheapest place I found for most materials. The widest selection of box sizes was Uhaul.
Don
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Old 08-02-2008, 01:13 PM
 
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Check out moving companies and ask how much they charge for used boxes. Sometimes they have leftover packing paper that you can get for a song--or they'll just throw it in to be nice. I know, I worked in the moving industry for 18 years.
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Old 08-02-2008, 01:24 PM
 
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Where are the best places to buy things like bubble wrap, boxes, etc. for moving? I don't want to spend a fortune.

Thanks in advance!

Craigslist under FREE stuff...you may find 'moving boxes'. I've moved several times and get them from others...then I post them and someone gets them from me. No sense in paying for something someone already paid for and is throwing away.

Also, I love Family Dollar or a dollar store - they get these great boxes of paper towels or toilet tissue...they are free for the asking.

Newspapers are best for wrapping dishes and such. Go to the local market and pick up the thrifty nickel or apartment guide classifieds.
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Old 08-02-2008, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Norcross GA
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If you decide to use used boxes you may be inviting some unwanted visitors into your home. If you don't really know the source of those boxes I would opt for new ones.
Lowes was the cheapest place I found for most materials. The widest selection of box sizes was Uhaul.
Don
OH Lord so very true!! You gotta inspect and shake those used boxes. I almost packed my clothes in with a gigantic waterbug last time I moved cross country!
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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The UHaul and other truck rental places that sell packing boxes, also collect used ones, free for the taking. Single use moving cartons are a shame not to recycle.
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