Free Moving Boxes in NYC

New Yorkers know that they live in the one city where you can pretty much find anything at any time. The only problem is, it'll come with a hefty price. 

Thankfully, there are tons of ways to get free boxes. If you're in a hurry and don't want to spend any money on your supplies– these places will have everything you need!


Craigslist is an excellent resource for finding free moving boxes.

Craigslist is a treasure trove of free goodies! If you're looking for some extra moving boxes, it might be worth your time to browse the Free section. You'll have better luck finding them at the end of this weekend or early next week since that's when people get around to unpacking after having moved.

Many people are looking to get rid of their old moving boxes. The “Wanted” section is an excellent place for those looking for free ones because it's the first page everyone sees when they open up this site.


Freecycle is an online marketplace for people to post items they no longer need and acquire other goods that others are looking to get rid of, all free of charge! It's a great way to save money and have access to the many things you may be missing in your home.

Join your local Freecycle group and post that you need free moving boxes. You'll never know who has just what you're looking for laying around their garage. Remember that some local Freecycle groups have rules to give away an item before claiming a free one.

U-Haul Customer Connect

U-Haul Customer Connect is the newest way to find free, reusable moving boxes in a snap from people who have just moved and are trying to get rid of their box pile.

You'll be able to find free moving boxes by entering your zip code or city into the search box.

Facebook Community Groups

You could find some free stuff and friendly people on Facebook. Just search for local groups around you that deal with swaps or community events.

Free boxes are hard to come by. But luckily, it's easy as pie when you have a Facebook group. Just post that you're looking for some and get ready to be spoiled with offers from people who either happen to have them or know somebody else who does; they may even deliver if the distance is too far away.

Make sure to visit Facebook Marketplace as well. If you use the “Only Show Free Listings” option, you may be able to find a free box nearby.

Commercial Buildings

Office buildings get tons of packages every day, and after they've unpacked those boxes, a lot of them are just going to go unused. The front desk is where you'll be able to find the person giving out assistance with getting free boxes. 

Yard Sales

Step inside a yard sale and prepare to be amazed. You'll find everything you need for your move, all on one block. From bookshelves to vintage furniture – not just that – the owner might even have some free moving boxes they are trying to give away.

The next time you're looking for some free boxes or a good bargain, search up free garage sale apps to find sales near your location.

Pro tip: If you're looking for empty boxes, try to visit yard sales later in the day when most of the things are sold. The earlier you go during a sale, the less likely it is that there will be an assortment of unsold items. Therefore, the later in the day, the greater the availability of empty boxes! Learn more about Abreu Movers NYC

Eric Chandler
Moving Company Professional

Eric Chandler is a versatile entrepreneur with expertise in both writing and the moving industry. With years of experience as a writer, he has a talent for crafting engaging content on various subjects for major publications and online platforms. Eric also owns a successful moving company that provides reliable and efficient services to clients across the country. His extensive knowledge of the moving process, from packing to delivery, has earned him a reputation as a trustworthy moving expert.