i've seen them for free on craigslist--just need to be able to haul them away. i actually got rid of mine the same way once i used them. share the wealth and all that.
I'm actually moving right now and tried to get some from Target. They said if you call the night before, they'll set aside some for you to pick up in the morning. But you have to come at 8am, otherwise they compact all the boxes.
I'd try D'Vines. Beer cases are a great size for packing - they stack easily and most have handles.
I called Giant, same deal as Target except it's 8:30 am.
I prefer to go to Home Depot or Lowe's. You have to pay for the boxes but all sizes (S, M, L) are around $1. Its nice to have boxes that are all the same size for stacking.
Borders Books will give them to you. I've used their boxes for two different moves about 5 years apart. For both moves boxes were handed over kindly, multiple times and at different stores. The boxes are a good size for just about everything, especially auspicious if you have a lot of books.
liquor stores will give them to you for free (some are sturdier than others but great for packing small things). Craigslist works well if you find a person that just moved and wants them out of their house. ditto for Freecycle (and that's guaranteed free). We got rid of 100+ boxes that way.
Bed bath and beyond before 11am. Limited sizes are available after that time but the staff has always been helpful.
Several years ago I had to pack up the house for a renovation. I bought boxes from U-Haul. There is a location near 4th and Rhode Island NE. Several sizes, not that expensive. I agree with Laura, nice to have the same size to make most efficient use of space. I used 1.5 cubic foot boxes so that I could carry them after they were packed.
I highly, highly recommend http://www.usedcardboardboxes.com/. They deliver, the moving sets are right, and it's all recycled boxes that are in fantastic shape.
At 17th and U there's a box renting company. They drop off and pick up the boxes for you. I think it's called something like "Rent Our Boxes"
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