Where to Source Packing Supplies Quickly If Your Stock Runs Out

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Where to Source Packing Supplies Quickly If Your Stock Runs Out

Where to Source Packing Supplies Quickly If Your Stock Runs Out

At one point in life or on several occasions, you may have to move and settle elsewhere. The process requires planning. Other activities such as change of address, finding a reputable mover and sorting out utilities can take place smoothly. However, come packing time and you may realize that you have insufficient boxes, wrapping paper, and other supplies. The situation forces you to buy more, and in a hurry to do so, you end up spending more than you had budgeted. Also, you may have underestimated the number of possessions, and you run out of packing stock. Where can you source for supplies on short notice?

Check with the neighbors

Since anyone can get caught up in a situation that calls for urgency, go to the neighboring houses and state your case. Ask whether you could borrow cartons, plastic boxes or any packing supply at their disposal. If you had maintained a close relationship, the people next door would not hesitate to lend a hand.

Go to a nearby furniture store

Furniture outlets usually have large boxes in excess. Here you will also find other supplies like wrapping paper, Styrofoam and bubble wrap. Call the store in advance and find out from the manager whether they can spare some of this stuff. Make sure you go and collect as promised to avoid inconveniencing the store’s operations.


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Appeal to your social media buddies

Today, most people network on social media. Go to the sites where you frequent and notify your friends of your predicament. Let them know of your moving plan and that you would appreciate their donation of packing material. State the urgency too. People always have these items or know others who have them.

Call or visit the grocery store nearby

Just like the furniture outlet mentioned earlier, grocery stores do also receive many items packed in boxes daily. Despite their efforts to reuse them, the cartons are way too many. Most end up in dumpsters. Visit the store and make a polite request to the manager. Find out what would be the most appropriate time to pick up the boxes and make plans to do so.

Your place of work

It may sound absurd, but your office can provide the supplies you badly need. Think of all the boxes that vendors use to supply printing paper. Once utilized, the empty boxes end up in the backyard awaiting collection by garbage trucks. Ask the people responsible for disposal to spare you a few containers.

As you can see, you do not have to panic if you run out of packing supplies. Neighbors would be willing to assist. An arrangement with a nearby furniture or grocery store is also in order. Furthermore, you could send an appeal to your buddies on social media. Offices, where you work, are other places people tend to forget. Do not let a stock out of packing material dampen your moving plans when you have got a host of other options.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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