June 13, 2009

And then I wanted to die.

We finally got a house. It's not exactly the home of my dreams, but it's newer (built in '02), it fits all of us, and we will be moving in about 2 months.

To prepare for the move, we went in search of boxes today. Now, LAST time I moved, I drove around town, going behind all the different merchandise stores, checking the dumpsters for boxes. I had boxes coming out my ears.

Today? I drove behind every. danged. store. in the area to no avail. They all have the compression unit thingamajigs, so they don't even have to go outside to take out the trash. Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, the mall, there was not a single cardboard box in the area.

Two hours later, I broke down and purchased a few boxes from a storage place. A very few. Do you know how much they charge for a BOX? A plain jane, ordinary cardboard box? Three dollars and change... a piece....

Do you know how many boxes this family of 6 plus one Aunt Meredith are going to require to move?

I'm thoroughly disgusted.

15 comments:

  1. You call liquor stores and local restaurants. You tell them you need boxes for a move and ask if you can pick up some after their next order. They say yes, you say what day and when should I be here and they tell you.

    Works like a charm, baby.

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  2. Oh, I thought it was just Poland. We moved recently and there were NO boxes to be found. I also looked at buying them and - Hello! It's a BOX. So we asked people at the store to save some for us and they did. (they looked at us like we were aliens but they did it for us, people in Poland never move.) We got lots of boxes for free. So don't buy any more boxes!

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  3. Ohhhhhhh, you are such a moving ROOKIE!!!! Stores???? HAHAHAHAH!!!! I have one word for you my friend. . .

    CRAIGSLIST!!!! People post their moving boxes on there all the time! :)

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  4. Call your lowes/walmart/groceries and such and ask what they do with their shipment boxes and ask if you can come pick them up. Generally they will tell you yes but you'll have to come right after they unload stuff out and grab them.

    Also, craigslist or freecycle. I see boxes on their all the time. OH...and you can always try hitting up smaller stores, ones that can't afford the compressor thingies...

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  5. I'll keep a look out for you! A couple of times, I have found many boxes at W-M but it's late at night when they stock.

    Anyway sometimes we get nice boxes at work, so will keep what I find for you.

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  6. Check Craigslist or Freecycle. When we moved, I posted a request for boxes on Freecycle and had responses within two hours. The next day, I picked up over 100 boxes.

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  7. I never even thought about Craigslist... One more reason to love the internet.

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  8. The liquor store has GREAT boxes! I love them! Good luck moving. Are you moving very far from where you live now? We might be moving too, it just depends on where my honey can find a good STABLE job!

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  9. Aunt Meredith lives with you? That's AWESOME! :)

    I hope some of these tips in the comments above work for you...they sound like great ideas! :)

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  10. Go to Michaels on a day that they unload their truck and catch them before they send them in the compactor. That's what I did.

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  11. Good luck! Moving sucks...but congrats on the house!

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  12. I mentioned to someone I knew that I had purchased a few boxes for moving, and she was shocked! She's a real earth-friendly-knows her carbon-footprint kind of person. So she made it her personal mission to go hunt boxes for me, I didn't have to buy anymore!

    So go find your local tree-hugger tell them that you plan on buying all new boxes for your move and then NOT recycling ANY of them when you are done! Maybe you'll get lucky!

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  13. I was just about to tell you to go to liquor stores but I see people beat me to it! BUT wait until midweek...they won't give them away on the weekends and the majority of orders come in on Tuesdays and Wednesdays!

    GOOD LUCK!

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  14. We couldn't find any either, so I bought just 20 to tide us over while I found more. They ended up being about 2$ a piece at U-Haul.

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  15. We moved last year and posted our boxes for free on KSL.com they were gone within about an hour, so if you see them listed somewhere online I would suggest calling right away. Moving sucks you have my sympathy! New houses are good though... right?

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