Where To Find Free Pallets

Projects made with pallets are so popular and there so many creative things you can do with them. But, everyone wants to know where to find free pallets! I have some great places for you to try out today thanks to the crafters over on the Craftaholics Anonymous Facebook page crafting community! Karen asks:

“Where does everyone get their pallets to use for all the awesome pallet projects I see? I would love to try some of the projects but have no idea where to get pallets. Thanks!”

Suggestions and ideas for this post were taken from this thread on the Craftaholics Anonymous Facebook page. Join us over there for lots of crafting tips and tricks!

Where to Find Free Pallets

Where to find free pallets

“Don’t ever PAY for your pallets. You just have to ask businesses that you see them sitting out at. MOST businesses actually pay someone to come and haul them off; letting them go for free is much cheaper for them. My husband works next to an ABC Seamless Siding company and they told him to take all the pallets he wants, when he wants! We just finished our headboard out of one of them. Good luck!! And Happy Pallet Crafting!!” – Tammy H.

“Try your local feed store or farm and ranch store like Atwoods or Tractor Supply.” – Jessica S

“I belong to a local buy sell trade site and people and businesses post them on there. Also if you call local places the will tell you of they give them away.” – Melanie S.

“We live near a flooring warehouse so we get them from there, but we originally found out about the place in the free section of Craigslist.” – Emily S.

“Never ever pay. Craigslist has an abundance of them. Ex: last week a store advertised that they had over 200 sitting next to it outside. ‘Come and get ‘em!'” – Danielle C.

“Construction sites, habitat for humanity stores, craigslist, pallet co sell them for about $3-5 or free.” – Linda H.

“Look around where new houses are being built. There are usually several laying around” – Sammie H.

“Try your local Ranch/Feed store.” – Christie H.

“My husband does construction so he just saves his empty ones.” – Pam B.

“Most factories or manufacturers or any business that has a warehouse or gets a lot of deliveries on pallets will have them periodically. We have a glass installation business and an auto parts store that put them by their dumpsters regularly.” – Lisa M.

“I went to a recycling center and mine were all free!!!” – Ellen S.

Where is your favorite place to get free pallets? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When not crafting, I can be found chasing my 2 small {but very energetic!} boys or playing with my new baby girl. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    Wow, this is awesome – I’ve been wondering where people get their pallets to make all sorts of fun stuff – just did a quick search on craigslist and found tons! Now to figure out how to pick them up. LOL

  2. 2

    Thanks for the tips.

    Be sure to ask, before taking. Some companies pile their used ones, waiting for their suppliers to return to haul them. If you take those, the company may get charged for failure to return the used pallet.

    1. 2.1
      Jen Jensen

      I was just about to mention this- you lose your $25 deposit at Home Depot if you don’t return your pallet

      1. Lori R

        25 dollar deposit? You must live in a different town than me!

  3. 3

    My husband makes pallets for a living so I get all the free pallets I want.

  4. 4

    Retail stores one or more levels above the mall’s loading dock will most likely have to have products loaded in pallets to be brought up an elevator. Check with your multi-level malls, but get permission before grabbing. Also, once you get permission, level your number if you’d like more. Yes, these stores would rather give than pay to haul, but they want some consistency.

  5. 5
    Lori R

    Been doing a lot of remodeling. Any large orders from Home Depot or Lowes comes on a pallet.

  6. 6

    please please please send me any ideas about where to find pallets the only place that I can find for free pallets is a local air conditioner place that we have here and now that it’s fall they don’t have that many I really really need tips I would greatly appreciate it thank you, Brittany

  7. 7

    Never take them without asking. All of the Tractor Supplies around where I live sells them. Kmart & Walmart sells them to a regular buyer. If you take them you’re stealing. Our local Tractor Supply had to start putting them inside the fence because people thought they were up for grabs. Kmart also started putting them inside the fence.

  8. 8

    Craigslist is definitely a big one. I keep seeing them on there. But these suggestions above are perfect. If you see a company with pallets out, give them a call or walk up and ask if you can have them. The worst thing that happens is that they say no. Happy crafting!