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The top 10 options for moving boxes in Toronto

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / May 4, 2014

toronto moving boxesMoving boxes in Toronto can be hard to come by. One can always hope that the dude working at the nearest LCBO or c-store will be merciful and donate a few boxes to the colossal pain in the ass that is moving, but collecting enough vessels with which to house one's records, unread books and cat accessories is always a challenge, no matter how much you flirt with that be-visored, largely unimpressed cashier.

Fear not, Torontonians. There are companies sprinkled across the city who have anticipated this problem, and solved it for you long before you knew you would face it. From re-usable moving boxes to the more traditional cardboard variety, here (in no particular order) are the top options for moving boxes in Toronto.

Cityboxes
CityBoxes is based on a model of eco-friendliness. They alleviate some of the pain of moving by simply delivering reusable plastic boxes to your home, letting you pack them up and move them, and then coming to your new home to collect the boxes again. No more getting tangled up in packing tape, and no more canvassing businesses in your neighbourhood for charity boxes. You can rent 20 moving boxes from them for $80 dollars per week, and the prices go up from there.

Frogbox
Frogbox also rents out reusable boxes en masse. They deliver, and you can order online or by phone, with 25 boxes available for $109 to start, and they pick up the boxes after you move them, too. Delivery is free for orders over $75, and their pricing list offers a number of bundles to suit different sizes of home, and they rent to all of the GTA as well as within the city.

The Box Guys
The Box Guys in Leslieville sell a variety of box sizes (haha) which will cost you anywhere from $1.75 to $3.75. They offer a long list of specialty boxes, too, including wardrobe boxes, wine boxes, and flat screen TV boxes, among others.Shipping is free on orders over $99, and the company will usually deliver within a day.

Cargo Cabbie
Cargo Cabbie, at Dundas and Carlaw, will not only fulfill your need for boxes, it will also pack and move all of your junk for you. They will take care of small or large moves, whether you need to move from your hoe, condo, or office. Their services will cost at least their one-hour minimum rate, and to get a sense of what they charge, you need to get a quote online.

Green Box Rental
Green Box Rental also provides reusable stacking boxes. Its prices are comparable to businesses with the same model. Thirty boxes can be rented for $99, and as prices go up, they remain reasonable. Green Box only delivers and picks up the boxes after use. Though they're located in Toronto, there is no physical location to visit at this time.

Rotblott's Discount Warehouse
Rotblott's Discount Warehouse on Adelaide St. W. just east of Bathurst St. sells not only random office furnishings, but also boxes, and at highly reasonable prices. They start at $1.99 for smaller boxes, are sometimes sold in bundle packages, and if you buy 10, you get 10 per cent off your purchase. If you're going to go the cardboad route, this one is a good pick. It's kind of a one-stop-shop too. They've got ladders, tape, power tools, and all of those other superfun items that come with a superfun moving day.

All Canadian Self Storage
Alongside offering a wide range of self storage solutions, All Canadian Self Storage provides no fewer than nine sizes of boxes, wrapping and covers for furniture, and specialty boxes such as wardrobe and TV boxes. They even offer a drive through option at their west end location, at Weston Rd. and St. Clair Ave. W. For pricing, you need to get a quote.

Rent a Son
Well, this place has a creepy name (rent a son for your box? I don't know), but it comes with good recommendations. They offer household moving, commercial moving, and long distance moving (how many sons are there?) They can do it all if you need, from providing the packing materials and boxes to helping you pack and, ultimately, moving all of your junk from one locale to the next. Ideal. Costs can be obtained by requesting an estimate from the company.

The Box Spot
You've got to call or visit the store (one at 542 Mt. Pleasant Rd. and one at 2877 Bloor St. W.) to get any information on pricing, but when it comes to moving materials, this place is not skimping in its stock. It offers bubble wrap in multiple bubble-sizes, labels, furniture foam wrap, boxes for pictures or computers, custom boxes, etc. They also offer a variety of specials, and free delivery within the GTA.

Boxed Inn
Boxed Inn is located on The Queensway at Kipling Ave., and it boasts a huge selection of moving-related items, from single boxes, which start at $1.99, to entire moving bundles, which start at $56 and include everything you need to pack up your life and go, fugitive style.

Did I miss a good spot to get moving boxes? Add it to the comments below.

Discussion

26 Comments

Moving Boxes Delray / May 4, 2014 at 01:24 pm
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There usually are a couple of plastic box operators in every big market in the US and Caanada. The GTA has several because it's a pretty green city and higher average income.
ScoreFreeStuff / May 4, 2014 at 04:43 pm
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Or....you can just go to the LCBO and score your boxes for free.
S / May 4, 2014 at 04:51 pm
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You can get free boxes from most businesses if you find out when they get stock deliveries and ask them for the boxes.
mi / May 4, 2014 at 05:16 pm
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Hehehehehehe..... box
Andrew from CityBoxes.ca / May 4, 2014 at 06:49 pm
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We appreciate being included in this list! Would like to add that we deliver and pick up our reusable plsstic miving totes FREE and puck them up afterwsrds
Andrew from CityBoxes.ca / May 4, 2014 at 07:01 pm
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Appreciate being included this list! Wanted to add that CityBoxes.ca delivers and picks up our reusable plastic moving boxes for FREE across the GTA. Also our website has a link to over 100 customer reviews, so you can rent with maximum confidence. Thanks!
Noel / May 4, 2014 at 08:01 pm
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I got my boxes from Public Storage.

Lots of sizes. Good price.
EDGK / May 4, 2014 at 08:05 pm
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You can really cut down on the number of cardboard boxes you need if you buy some of those brown paper yard waste bags. They hold a ton of stuff, you can write on the outside what's in there, and then you close the top and roll it down as a handle. They are also fantastic for construction waste that you plan to take to the dump.
picalily / May 4, 2014 at 08:14 pm
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I just bought moving boxes from Home Depot yesterday. They have small, medium, large & extra large in regular and heavy duty. The regular small boxes were $1.00 and the medium size regular boxes were $1.49.
Adam from Rotblotts Discount warehouse / May 4, 2014 at 08:23 pm
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Very cool to be on this list. Thanks Sarah. Maybe a best hardware stores in Toronto list sometime? I would just like to add we also sell bubble wrap, shrink wrap, carpet dollies, craft paper, specialty boxes (wardrobe, dish/glass, mirror), carpet protector film, mattress covers and packing peanuts. We also just started staying open late mon-Thursday until 8pm and are now open 7 days a week.
Javier / May 4, 2014 at 08:33 pm
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Like Andrew from Cityboxes, at Cargo Cabbie we are all thankful and happy to be mentioned and noticed by BlogTO and Toronto.
For those looking for a one stop for all your packing and moving needs, feel free to connect. We will deliver your moving supplies free of charge for any order over $100 within downtown.Wheter you need boxes,assistance or advice, we are here to help.
Westender / May 5, 2014 at 04:14 am
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Colt Packaging on Sterling Rd. has been serving the west with a myriad of affordable box choices for a long time at very reasonable prices...
Single Mother of 2 / May 5, 2014 at 02:50 pm
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As a single mom I need to save as much money as possible. My initial purchase was from Home Depot and the boxes were way to weak and fell apart, then a friend mentioned Cobblestone Packaging home of the 1/2 Priced Moving Box. By far the best choice I made during this hectic move. Not only are they the Cheapest, but the quality was way stronger then Home Depot by far. My favourite part......they were the Greenest and most Environmentally Friendly option as their main business is Recycled/Used Corrugated Boxes meaning I was helping further the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle which in this day in age is an important message any parent can show their child.

I will deffinately be recommending them to anyone and everyone I know who needs to move.

Satified Mother of 2
helpful / May 6, 2014 at 03:05 am
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OR ...

you can drive by store fronts the evening before recycling day.
Mars / May 16, 2014 at 09:34 am
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Dollarama always has tons of free boxes...speak to the manager and ask them to keep them for you. You'll be surprised at how many boxes they empty in one day. They actually don't mind you taking them because it saves them on having to dispose of them.

Other stores to try...walmart, shoppers, target.

I packed three houses for moving with boxes from dollarama and walmart.

Javier / May 31, 2014 at 07:08 pm
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For anybody in need of moving boxes. i have 60/70 used, clean boxes for FREE leftover from a move. I rather give them away before disposing them.
I will keep them at our shop till Monday June 2nd. If you are interested, the boxes must be picked up from our location in Leslieville (Dundas and Carlaw) Thanks!
Linda replying to a comment from Javier / June 1, 2014 at 12:04 am
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I'd be interested in those boxes Javier. Are they flattened?
I only have a Ford Focus.
I hate that the Ride for Heart is messing up the Gardiner and DVP this weekend though. :-(
Kim Diamond / June 9, 2014 at 01:32 pm
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You can also get them from a professional organizing company like mine. We get a super-low industry rate at a few moving supply companies. We can then professionally pack, move and then unpack you so that moving isn't such an ordeal. If it is packed by us, then there are no boxes that fall apart! If we use cardboard boxes then we can take them away and recycle them to other people if you like.
Todd / July 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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I've used boxshop.ca previously and been pleased. But i will check out a few of the options on this list for my upcoming move and compare.
Joshua Shessel / August 7, 2014 at 06:22 pm
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You forgot the first and still the best moving supplies and moving equipment rental company in Toronto: The Moving Store.

We've been open and serving the GTA for over 30 years, and in fact were the first in the industry to sell moving supplies directly to the public. We also were the first to pioneer renting plastic boxes for moving both home and business, going as far as to patent our own MoveTech plastic box box.

Feel free to check out our website at https://www.movingstore.com or contact us at info@movingstore.com.
Phil / August 25, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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Great Article! Happy to be included! Our goal at FROGBOX is to reduce the stress of moving on our customers and the planet. We also support inter-city moves - You can take frogboxes from GTA to Vancouver, Halifax or any of the other 22 locations we serve across canada. (Also 3 locations in the US). We work closely with the best moving companies too, so ask us about our referral partners for your next move.

All the best,
-phil
Jenn / September 10, 2014 at 02:03 pm
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You Move Me sells boxes as well. They were a very reasonable rate and they delivered them for free. Not only that- they only charged me for what I used. The money for the extras was credited back to me :)
Ken / September 13, 2014 at 01:03 pm
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Are you moving and need boxes and moving supplies? Call Boxes on the Move for all your moving, packing, and shipping needs. No Boxes? No Problem! We Sell Boxes and Moving Supplies for LESS!!! We sell moving boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, moving blankets, mattress covers, tape and much more.

We service Toronto, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Markham, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Clarington, Durham and the GTA with moving boxes and packing supplies.

Free Delivery* and Pickup!

No Boxes? No Problem!
(905) 720-2005 (Durham)
http://www.boxesonthemove.ca
Major Move / September 17, 2014 at 03:51 pm
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Soon Major Move will be up and operational to address all your moving supply needs. Currently, we are organizing our brigade to bring superior service to the GTA.

With military precision we are going to simplify every aspect of your move to save you time, money and stress.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@Major1Move) to get the latest news and developments on how Major Move can help you on moving day.

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Mike / October 11, 2014 at 05:06 pm
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Boxshop is located Warden and Eglinton at 29 Faulkland Rd.
They carry all moving boxes and packaging material and they provide for wholesale and retail more than 1200 packaging material items.
They sell Canada wide including Toronto with free delivery. All prices are lower than anywhere and is guaranteed.
Amanda / October 22, 2014 at 04:44 am
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My sister is going to move out next month because of her work and she really needs someone to help her. It is good to know that there are professionals who may help you to start the process without stress.Regards!

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