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Packing is hard!

I need boxes. Bad. Small boxes, for heavy things. Do you have any? Do you have any ideas? Will a liquor store have some or do they use them all up, giving them back to customers? Will Barnes & Noble be able to help me out, or will they giggle at me behind my back? I think I may end up BUYING some which seems like such a waste of money. But I've got to get everything done this weekend.


Poll #618118 What to keep?

What should I do with my old issues of Playboy?

Keep them for my future son/daughter to find in the basement
T'row them out
Go through them, and keep a selection

What should I do with my old issues of National Geographic

Keep them for my future son/daughter's school projects
T'row them out
Go through them, and keep a selection

I haven't moved in five (5) years and back then I had MOVERS! Honest to God movers! I had qualified for relocation at Amtrak, so they did everything for me. MAN THAT WAS SWEET.


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Nov. 22nd, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
I've moved a lot
If you ever find yourself in the position where you think you might spend money on boxes, try to get something box-like, but that you'll keep finding uses for! For me, that meant milk crates. Having 3 or 4 of those around is always useful - makeshift table, makeshift TV stand, etc. If you put something over it, like a piece of fabric, it's classy!

For boxes, you want to get somewhere before they crush them. Most supermarkets will crush their boxes pretty quickly, but they also go through so many every day that if you showed up in the morning and talked to someone nice, they might put aside the afternoon boxes for you.

you can also borrow luggage from people for moving stuff that you know you'll unpack fairly quickly, rather than use a box.

No one who works at any kind of store will laugh at you for asking for boxes, they probably get a few people every month asking. I used to give people boxes all the time when I worked at Eckerd - we had a crusher, but only used it when the pile got high enough to crush, so it was easy to rescue boxes of all sizes.
Nov. 22nd, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
Re: I've moved a lot
Yeah, most places are just gonna get rid of their boxes, so they shouldn't mind sharing. Barnes & Noble might haev some kind of weird policy though- there's a bunch of silly corporate whatevski about stuff like that, for some reason- like I remember we were only allowed to take like three, or five, a night. Weird.

We have tons of old boxes for free at the Strand, though, which I doubt helps very much. But you're welcome to 'em, uh, if you're in the neighborhood.
Nov. 22nd, 2005 11:04 pm (UTC)
Re: I've moved a lot
Kevin had the great idea of taking some wooden wine crates, drilling some holes and strategically placing a couple metal rods, and converting them into shelves for media. I took his design and modified it to created shelves for my hundreds of CDs. When it came time to get them out of the apartment, i rotated the crates nintey degrees and BAM! Instant boxes.
Nov. 22nd, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
I've snabbed some from a grocery store in the past. Just ask for the stocking department or whatever...
Nov. 22nd, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
whenever I've needed boxes for moving, I always hit up the local grocery stores and clothing shops. They have boxes comin' out their ears and they're happy to see 'em hauled away for them.

Also, beer boxes are the perfect size for just about everything.
Nov. 22nd, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
Boxes are plentiful at groceries, electronics shops and liquor stores.

Also, you should combine the best selections of both magazines into one, entitled "Naked Chicks of Sub-Saharan Africa and North America".
Nov. 22nd, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC)
the liquor store near me advertises that they'll give you their boxes. those things are perfect for books and other small but heavy things. also, stationary stores can be a good source of similarly awesome-sized boxes. when i last moved, i would walk past an upscale stationary store on my way to the subway just after they'd closed and they had all sorts of boxes that they'd flattened and then taped together, i would just snag a bundle and take it on the subway with me. i guess the moral of that story is that small stores that get boxes but not bajillions probably just break their boxes down without crushing them.
Nov. 22nd, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
you can pick up a lot of boxes from walmart too, in the middle of the night (the super walmarts) when they are doing their re-stocking.
Nov. 22nd, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
We've got a bunch of actual moving boxes Kevin bought from somewhere (U-Haul?). Pick some up the next time you're over, most are pretty big and probably not great for books.
Nov. 22nd, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
recycle the magazines. i'll bring home a few boxes for you: 18x12x12.
Nov. 22nd, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
That would be perfect! Thank you!
Nov. 22nd, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
Man, Costco has TONS of them, assuming you shop there. Otherwise, yeah, liquor stores, grocery stores (go first thing in the morning, or to a 24 hour one late at night while they are restocking the shelves.)
Nov. 22nd, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
the postal service has been a godsend to me during moves.

a million years ago, i used to send a lot of stuff to people so i stockpiled a lot of boxes of various sizes--all acquired from the postal service website for free. then i stopped sending stuff in bulk and had lots of leftover
Nov. 22nd, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
...boxes which were perfect for moving small stuff.

the best size was like 12"X12"X12" or something.

since then i've abused the their genorosity everytime i moved. this won't help if you need them by this week, tho.

Nov. 22nd, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
I got a couple
I have 3 small boxes under my desk. I'll bring them to you, if you want.
Nov. 22nd, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
Re: I got a couple
That would be great! Will you be stopping by 508 sometime between now and, say, Sunday?
Nov. 22nd, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
well, we can see what kind of filthy preverts are reading your journal. i tell you, my dad's Nat'l Geographics were every bit as much a part of my maturation as his Penthouses. which reminds me, Playboy sucks. if you are really thinking about your future son/daughter's proper development, you need to start subscribing to Penthouse Letters...
Nov. 23rd, 2005 12:03 am (UTC)
The last few times I've moved I've ended up buying legal size cardbaord boxes from places like Office Max. They're great for moving since they have little handles. Because they have lids you don't have to crunk up the boxes opening and reopening them. They're the perfect size for carrying, and if you don't use them for storage after the move, they can be folded back up and stored for future use without leaving gunky tape all over them.

I just picked up a bunch at Costco. At eight buck and change for six of them, I think they're even cheaper than the standard moving box you can get from storage places or Uhaul.
Nov. 23rd, 2005 01:13 am (UTC)
My brother got boxes for his move from the layaway/returns area at a Wal Mart.
Nov. 23rd, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
Dude, try selling those magazines on ebay as a lot. People actually buy that shit. But make sure THEY pay shipping. Or, donate them, and keep the reciept.
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