Where to Find Free Moving Boxes
On any given day, there are dozens of people in the City of Portland giving away free boxes. After searching "free boxes" in the craigslist search box the other day January 2017, I found 44 up-to-date listings related to free boxes in Portland, OR. The thing is, it's pretty common people place after moving that people will have have leftover boxes. Typically they will just pile them in their garage. The key is to find these people before they giveaway all their boxes, or worse, throw them away. One really good strategy is to set a an Craigslist.com automated alert and email notification. You will need create a free Craigslist account first. After you type "free boxes", click "Save Search".
Cash & Carry
There are five large bins with hundreds of unflattened boxes. The bins are adjacent to the front door under the covered entrance area. We spoke with Shawn, assistant manager, and learned we could pick them up as long as we parked in an appropriate parking place, and took less than 25 boxes at a time. Keep in mind customers of the store use the boxes to pack their groceries in. If you are on the premise you should consider making a purchase - that would be the respectful thing to do.
Ross Dress for less
This location usually has a lot of boxes that are accessible from the back side of the building. The boxes tend to be flattened and decent size. You might also have better luck going at times after new shipments. Wednesdays at 9pm is a good time from our experience.
Liquor stores are some of the best stores to go to for boxes, because the boxes are solid, ideal for moving, and there are so many of them. Hollywood Beverage store is a go to place for these free boxes. The have a new freight come in typically on Wednesdays at 1:30pm. The boxes will always be at the loading dock on the back side of the building to the garage. Also, be sure to go buy a 'brown bottle' or local or imported spirits, because they are the best in town
Other Resources For Boxes
Although these boxes are not free, they are relatively inexpensive and a great local storefront to go to if you need different sizes, shapes, or forms.
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Some Other Ideas:
1. Consider saving up on newspaper or boxes for packing material.
2. Use towels as packing cloth instead paying a lot of money fo bubble wrap, or packing paper.
3. Uhaul will typically give you moving pads for free with your truck.
4. Check out our link for more info relates to moving boxes and packing packing hacks. http://www.roasted.com/article/31024784/moving-hacks-for-the-hopelessly-disorganized
Free Boxes W/ The Purchase of Two Packers
Moving Fellows - Portland
The services provide customers with free used or unused cardboard boxes when the customer schedules packing service. The packing service is $35/hr per packing professional. The service will provide customers with $100 worth of boxes and packing material. This $100 value amounts to roughly 50 boxes.
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