Instead of purchasing new boxes and packing materials for your move, search for free ones. There are so many options for free moving supplies available to those who are willing to find them. Reusing free boxes is both good for your wallet and good for the environment. Here is a list of 10 places where you could grab some free moving boxes.
1. Craigslist – Craigslist is an outstanding tool for locating free moving supplies. By using the “Free” section of the site, you can quickly see if anyone is giving away boxes that meet your needs in your area. Additionally, you can post exactly what you are looking for in the “Wanted” section. This can be helpful since many Craigslist users will check this section before posting their items elsewhere.
2. Freecycle – Freecycle allows users to post items they are looking to give away in a forum that caters to their specific location. Much like Craigslist, you can also post that you are searching for moving boxes.
3. Facebook Community Groups – Facebook is a great place to find free moving supplies. It should not be too hard to find an online group for your community that deals with free items, swaps, and recycling. The best part about Facebook groups is that you can post exactly what you are looking for from the start. You will be surprised at how many people have connections to free moving supplies.
4. Grocery Stores – Your local grocery store receives countless packages and shipments throughout each week. Many retailers will be happy if you take some of their empty boxes off their hands. All that you have to do is ask an associate if they have any boxes that they are throwing out.
5. Office Supply Store – Check your local office supply stores for any extra boxes. Office supply stores carry a wide variety of products, so it won’t be a problem finding boxes that fit your needs.
6. Liquor Stores – Liquor stores can be a great resource for finding small and medium boxes. As a bonus, you might find some wrapping paper and other packing materials that you can use for security and padding in the liquor boxes. These boxes would be perfect for fragile items like dishes and glassware.
7. Office Buildings – Office buildings receive numerous packages every day. After they unpack these boxes, they no longer have any use for them. This is where you come in. Visit an office building and speak with the person working the reception desk. This person should be able to guide you to some free moving boxes.
8. Garage Sales – Be looking for local garage sales and yard sales. Items for sale are frequently gathered in different boxes, and when these items sell, the owner might not have a need for the empty boxes. For the best results, show up towards the end of the day, when there is a greater chance for more free boxes.
9. Local Schools – If you live close to an elementary, middle, or high school, you might be able to obtain some durable boxes for free. School supplies come in heavy duty boxes, and often, there is insufficient space to store them for future use. Depending on the season of your move, check local colleges and universities for move-in days. Students throw out a ton of boxes when they move into their dorms at the start of each semester.
10. Recycling Centers – Finally, if you are still searching for boxes, check your local recycling center. Of course, many of the boxes you will find here have been broken down, but all you need is a little packaging tape to strengthen that box for your move.
If you are running low on time, or if you need a little help getting everything in order, we’re here for you. At Little Red Wagon, we offer expert assistance to handle the logistics of your move, including full service packing. Give us a call to discuss your move. We are excited to start working with you today!