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Moving a few pieces of furniture?Would it be worth it?

by Paula Rae / October 30, 2003 7:41 AM PST

(Here?s hoping the quotes bug is really fixed)

My mother is planning to move into smaller quarters next year, and is asking her 4 children to choose some furniture pieces that she will have to give up. It is possible I could have a couple of occasional tables, maybe a needlepoint chair or two, and possibly a buffet with mirror and upper shelf. These are not costly antiques, but are nice pieces with an old look. Mom restored some of them herself.

Since she?s on the West Coast and I?m now on the East Coast, I haven?t the foggiest idea how I would transport the furniture, or whether the cost would make it unrealistic.

I?ll be going back for Christmas, and that?s when she wants all of us to choose. I?d like to know the feasibility before then.

What kind of company would I contact to find out the costs and feasibility?
I?m not the least bit interested in hiring ?starving students? or non-professionals to move them.

Another thing: this I will move for sure. A set of 12 volumes of rare old history books that I bought ?used? for Mom 30 years ago. They are worth possibly 100 times more now than what I paid, but she needs to let them go.

Any ideas?

Thanks, Happy
Paula Rae

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Re:Moving a few pieces of furniture?Would it be worth it?
by Angeline Booher / October 30, 2003 8:35 PM PST

Hi, Paul,

Been there, done that. Some pieces from Joe's mother in Tallahassee to here. Hired a regular long distance moving company. The things went on a load coming this way. They will give an estimate.

More than what you mention. Dining room suite, occasional chair, nice mirror, cabinet, mattress set, odd pieces. His sister in Bowling Green added a few furniture pieces. The cost was between $80-$900. Was it worth it? Yes.

Another option. My brother in CA wanted a "butterfly" table of our mom's. So I found a box it would fit in and sent it UPS. $10-$15. As you mentioned tables, this could be your best bet.

Unless there are other family members along the way who would like for things to be dropped off.

Either way, it's door-to-door.

When I moved, a lot of my things went upstairs. But there are a couple of pieces my daughter wants when she retires, so, as they are large, they will be shipped to wherever she lands.

Both of our shipments were in the late 90's.

It all was worth it to us.

Hope this helps!


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Re:Moving a few pieces of furniture?Would it be worth it?
by Paula Rae / October 31, 2003 1:45 AM PST

Hi Angeline,

I guess I'll call a moving company and see if they can blindly give me a rough estimate.

The books may be another issue.


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re: the books
by Angeline Booher / October 31, 2003 1:52 AM PST

Though there is a special book rate with the USPS, I woldn't with valuable ones.

I also have some valuable books I am holding for my daughter. I have considered UPS or FedEx. I have not checked on their insurance limit, or if they have one.


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Re:Moving a few pieces of furniture?Would it be worth it?
by Diana Forum moderator / October 31, 2003 1:51 AM PST

Don't know if you want to risk the books this way but, when my mom moved in with me, she shipped her books via USPS book rate (she usually added a few things with the books). She put the number of the box on the boxes to make sure she got them all and she did and it was cheap.

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