Scoring Boxes

Yesterday, I set myself on a mission during my lunch hour: I was determined to find free boxes. (I don’t believe you should have to pay for moving boxes when most businesses tend to dispose of theirs after receiving shipments). I decided to check out a store devoted to storage needs and discovered that while they sold boxes, they failed provide any freebies.  (Go figure). An employee also insisted on pressing a box catalogue into my hands even as I protested that I was just seeking boxes for moving, not specialized needs. After that, I thought I would pop into a nearby clothing store, where a 20 something girl directed me to a closet stacked high with boxes and informed me that they would be taken out soon, so I needed to grab some now. It wasn’t that the girl was overly friendly or even concerned: she was simply willing to help, and I was grateful for it. I scored as many boxes as I could carry–in my case, 2 large and 2 small–and no one gave me a second look as I carried them out. The same day, we also received a shipment of office supplies at work, and I made off with the empties as well. I could easily have paid $1 a box somewhere else and ended up with identical packaging materials for my move. Instead, I was able to reuse that which would have been tossed anyway, and ended up scoring a good 9 boxes for free. I had the warm fuzzies all afternoon because of it, and even though my desk area resembled a cardboard jungle, it was cool.

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About bethmf

Writer, dancer, literature buff, lover of music, discoverer of new places, devotee of joy and random connections. Grateful to be here and trying to earn a space.
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