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November 17th, 2006
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When we moved out of Rivendell, lots of lovely people gave us cardboard boxes. I have very little idea now what happened to them, but I have a feeling lots of them went onwards to Jon and Sarah to move Caraway, and some of them were even returned to their owners.

Now I need boxes again. I decided that I'd had enough of being a social parasite and should just aquire some boxes of my own. And I've been flabberghasted at the price of cardboard boxes. They're about £1.50 per box. I stare at the pile of stuff in my parents house, and start to think about £1.50 per box, and I feel sick!

(yes, I know if we're getting real removers to move HHM to Coventry we will get boxes. This isn't the problem. The problem is that my parents have sold their house, and I need to get all my books etc out of it)

Hmm. Maybe I should go back to being a social parasite and ask you good people if you have any boxes I can borrow until January...

(stephdairy, I do know I still have your blue plastic boxes. Would you like them back?)

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From:tienelle
Date:November 17th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
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We have vast quantities of cardboard boxes cluttering up Waypoint. You are welcome to at least some of them. There is no need to bring them back.
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From:atreic
Date:November 17th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, great! I've lost track enough that I don't know where Waypoint is (sac48 at the usual place reaches me, if you don't want to tell the whole world). When would be a good time for me to pick them up? Tonight would be good for me, or any time on Sunday (but tonight would be even better, because I might need them on Saturday)
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From:aldabra
Date:November 17th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
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When we moved from Cambridge to Bristol we did it with Pickfords, and they happily as part of the deal picked up a sofa from M's parents in Leicester and delivered it to Bristol with the rest of the stuff (and glossed over this in the quote so Bristol paid in with the moving expenses). If you're moving anyway that week and you pick a national company you may find they're entirely happy to pick up a consignment from somewhere else and take it too, possibly holding it somewhere for a week on the way. No harm in asking.
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:November 17th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
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When I moved here I didn't have a whole house full, but I went to Tesco's customer service desk, and asked if they were recycling lots, and could I have some, and they said "Yes." I took three or four, but I think they had scores.
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From:illusive_shelle
Date:November 17th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Tesco is definitely a good place to try. Late at night or in the morning, when they're stacking shelves are usually the best times, but any time will usually work.
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From:atreic
Date:November 17th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
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Hmm. I tried, and they said they had to recycle all cardboard, but I might try again.
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From:catyak
Date:November 17th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
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You could point out in a reasonable and condescending manner that they re recycling the boxes because you have a use for them and if they're really bothered you could always give them back afterwards so they could pay to have them removed from their premises.

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From:angoel
Date:November 17th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
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Tsk. 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle', in that order.
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From:senji
Date:November 17th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
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We still have some of steph's blueplasticboxes too.

I can probably dig in our loft and extract a large number of the boxes we moved into Caraway with too if you want.
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From:atreic
Date:November 17th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
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That would be great - when is a good time to pick them up? Tonight excellent, or Sunday afternoon good, or make a suggestion...
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From:senji
Date:November 17th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
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Can't do Sunday Afternoon, 'cos we're roleplaying :). Tonight might be best, if you can come round after dinner and play "catch" at the bottom of the loft hatch...
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From:shreena
Date:November 17th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
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Try asking a newsagent - if they're nice, they'll tell you what day their deliveries come in and let you have all the boxes. Newsagents used to have to pay to have that sort of rubbish collected (not sure if this is still the case with recycling and all) and so they tend to be quite cool about it.
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From:numberland
Date:November 17th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
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I've got a reasonable number of (at a guess 5 or 6) *large* plastic boxes which you are quite welcome to borrow for a while (I will need them back).
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From:rmc28
Date:November 17th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
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If you are moving books, wine boxes are the perfect size. We got loads from an off-licence when moving fanf into NW.
From:neonchameleon
Date:November 19th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Don't have any - but can get hordes of cardboard boxes as Reading doesn't do business recycling.
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From:samholloway
Date:November 19th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Supermarkets usually have them. I see the comments about Tesco above, but the best ones to try are Lidl, Aldi, Kwiksave, Netto and the like - they tend not to be burdened by stupid rules and will gladly give them away.
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From:pw201
Date:November 19th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
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We've got the ones our wedding presents came in, about 8 sturdy ones, plus some others from the the house move. It would involve you coming out to Burwell to get them, though.
From:Dave Holland [org.uk]
Date:November 20th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
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We have dozens of Official Moving Boxes from Pretlove's Removals - we're hoping to get them collected next week but if you want some, you're welcome. Collect from Pampisford.
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From:atreic
Date:November 20th, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)
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I could do late tonight (10ish) or some time on Friday night. Is that any good?
From:Dave Holland [org.uk]
Date:November 20th, 2006 11:38 am (UTC)
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Yep - I'll email the phone number/address.
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