Garage Sale Day: Maximize Your Money!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK nashville's garage sale tips

It’s no wonder National Garage Sale Day is coming up on August 12… It’s the perfect time of year to purge your unneeded belongings! You can clean house before your upcoming move, or just to make your home feel more spacious as the kids start to need their study spaces back. Unfortunately, garage sales often add up to a LOT of prep work with minimal pay off. Here are our top tips to hosting a profitable garage sale:

Time is Money

It’s easy to get bogged down by all the things you COULD do before your sale, such as individually pricing every single item with price stickers or hand making dozens of giant neon signs for the roadways. But some of these planning activities just aren’t worth your time!

When it comes to labeling items, consider the option of only pricing a few big ticket items and leaving the rest without tags. Usually, you have an idea of what each item is worth to you anyway…but you don’t really know what it will be worth to shoppers. If you don’t put a price on anything, you allow the buyer to come to you with a price that may be even higher than what you would have asked. It also gives you room to negotiate. And for small trinkets that will take forever to organize, you can set up a designated “Everything is $1” table at the corner of your sale.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's tips for hosting a garage saleAlso, don’t waste your time before and during the sale trying to keep your clothing neatly folded as shoppers paw through the piles. Instead, invest in an inexpensive single clothing rack, or tie up some clothing line between two trees in your yard. This system also helps your customers peruse clothing more quickly and feel as if they’re in a store-like atmosphere.

Finally, you can also save some time by purchasing smaller neon posters as opposed to the big ones that require you to fill several square feet of space. Not only are the small posters just as eye-catching, but the larger posters are more difficult to secure and can flap around in the wind so drivers are unable to read them as they pass by.

Have a Party

One way to draw a larger crowd to your sale is by creating a larger sale. Invite your friends to join in your sale with their goods as well, and you’ll look twice as impressive to passersby! Drivers will be more likely to stop when they know they’ll have a wider selection to browse.

You should also keep some upbeat background music on to eliminate the awkward silence that sometimes comes with garage sales. The music will let your shoppers know they’re welcome to browse at a leisurely pace, which gives them more time to fall in love with more of your stuff.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's tips for hosting a garage saleIt also helps to pull out any leftover party supplies you have from the kids’ last birthdays. Hang some balloons from  your mailbox and porch rail to catch attention, and even hang some streamers around in a festive way. Cover your sales tables with those $1 disposable table cloths to help items stand out from the tables and look more approachable.

Run Your Sale Like a Store

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's tips for hosting a garage saleAs you set up your sale, think with the mind of a customer. When you go shopping, do you want to dig through piles of random items, or would you rather see items spread across the table neatly? Would you have the patience to kneel down and dig through a box on the ground, or would you prefer to see the contents laid out on a table top?

Try to set up your sales tables in aisles, like you would find at a thrift store. Have each table dedicated to specific categories of items, and order the aisles based on similar categories. For example, if your first table is full of kitchen items, it would make most sense to put bathroom or bedroom items next to it, rather than yard tools and auto parts.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's tips to a garage saleIn fact, you may want to set the yard tools, auto parts, and electronics of your sale closer to the sidewalk than everything else. Most boyfriends and husbands like to linger in the car or at the sidewalk as their significant others shop. But if you can catch their attention with items they enjoy shopping for, you may be able to double your clientele!

You should also set aside some time to clearly label the sizes of the clothing you sell, and then organize it in order by size and season on your rack. Customers may give up easily if they have to search through clothing that isn’t organized in any fashion, but if they know your system, they can skip to the section they need. If you’re selling accessories and jewelry, set these items up at a table next to the clothing and make sure each piece is easy to see. A pile of mismatched jewelry can be intimidating, but you can use jewelry stands, drawer organizers, or a foam board with pins to create a more visually appealing sales station.

Encourage People to Take, Take, Take

The point of your garage sale is not just to make money, but also to get rid of this stuff you don’t need anymore! There are plenty of ways you can silently push people toward buying more than they originally planned.

First, make sure you have bags on hand. If someone walking their dog stops by your sale, they’re limited in what they can buy without a bag to hold their purchases in. So for a few weeks leading up to your sale, save up your grocery and convenience store bags to re-use with your customers.

You may even want to have a “bag deal,” especially near the end of your sale. Tell your customers that when they pay $5 or $10 for a bag, they can take as many items as they can fit inside of it. This way, your customers feel like they’re getting an awesome deal while you continue to unload the junk.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's tips for hosting a garage saleNext, remember your big ticket items can make the most money, but only if you can convince someone to go through the hassle of making space in their car to take them off your hands. (Pro Tip: Give us a call to move those belongings for them!) Before the sale begins, make sure you clean those bigger pieces of furniture up nicely so people can picture them in their home without having to mentally peel back the dust and cobwebs first. You can make those items even more enticing by offering to “throw in” something free if a buyer purchases them. For example, if someone agrees to buy your couch, throw in that cozy-looking blanket you’re selling at the home goods table. Or if they want to buy your son’s old bedroom desk, go ahead and throw in the pen organizer for free.

Also, don’t forget to have plenty of every form of change you may need. You don’t want to lose a sale because you ran out of one dollar bills too early! Keep your change in a fanny pack or apron so it’s close to you at all times and easy to access.

Finally, when you only have an hour left in the sale, put up some “50% off EVERYTHING!” signs to really encourage people to take the items they were possibly on the fence about. You may not love the idea of cutting your potential revenue in half, but think about it this way… You won’t make any money if you put those items back in your garage, and you’ll be saving a trip to the thrift store.

When the Sale is Over

Picking up donations to Park CenterWhen everything has ended and you’re trying to figure out what to do with the remaining merchandise on your lawn, check out our list of local non-profit organizations who pick up donations for free! This way, you don’t have to figure out a time and way to get to the other side of town during operating hours of a non-profit who may not even be able to take the items you want to donate.

Is there a specific non-profit you would like to help who isn’t on our list? Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288, and we can give you a free quote to let you know how much it would cost to transport those items with professional movers. No heavy lifting for you!

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Adding Plants to your new Apartment

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's tips for house plants

You have just moved into a new apartment, and you’ve decided to start growing some plants. Maybe you’re feeling intimidated because you’ve never had a green thumb or kept houseplants alive before.  Have no fear–we have some easy and fun tips for adding greenery to your new home sweet home.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's tips for filling a new apartment with plantsFirst of all, we definitely applaud your decision to add some sprouts into your life! Plants bring so much color and vibrancy into small spaces. Not only do they make your room smell and look better; they also can provide other benefits, such as growing fresh herbs for your cooking needs, or growing fruits and veggies to munch on. ​Another huge benefit of growing plant in your small space is that they help sustain better air quality. Research has also shown that being close in proximity to green plants can help reduce stress.

Unfortunately, caring for plants can sometimes come at a high price and add to your anxiety level before you reap the benefits! Here are some points to check before you decide on the types of plants you purchase:

  • What kind of soil and and planters will they need?
  • How much water does this plant need and how often?
  • Where in the house would be a good spot for them to grow?

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's tips for plants in your new apartmentIf you are a busy working person, sometimes it’s really hard to keep up with yourself, much less your new seedlings. We suggest starting off with some easy-to-maintain plants like succulents or cacti. These require very low maintenance and provide just the right amount of color for a small space.

If you’re on a tight budget, you may want to consider that certain planters and soil can be expensive as you continue to maintain your indoor oasis. Some great idea for cheap planters are used coffee or cookie tins, aluminum cans from canned veggies, pasta sauce jars, and even old baskets. You can also avoid spending money on expensive fertilizers by using natural waste that you would otherwise throw away, such as egg shells, used coffee grounds, and fruit peels.

Once you’ve selected the plants and supplies you want to add to your apartment, be sure to maintain consistent care of each plant. Try turning your plants by a few degrees each time you water them, so each side receives an equal amount of water and sunlight. When you have to go away for a long weekend, place a new, clean sponge filled with water at the base of the planter so it won’t become too dry as you are away.

If you’re getting ready to move into your new apartment, condo, or home, give us a call or text us for a free quote at 615-248-6288! You can also find more moving tips on our website.

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Things People Forget When Moving

things people forget when moving

We’ve been moving homes, businesses, and college students for 22 years now, so we’ve seen it all! Sometimes our customers don’t have everything packed in time, or they have to keep delaying their move because of issues closing on their house, or they forget to label all their boxes and don’t know where to find anything in their new home. Here are the most common mistakes we see (and how to avoid them!) when it’s time to make your move.

Having an unorganized packing process.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK offers packing servicesPacking definitely takes more effort than most people assume it will when it comes time to prepare for Moving Day.  We always recommend that you begin packing up your home about a month prior to your moving date.  At that point, you may feel like you have plenty of time to get organized, but the process can be much more involved than you expect.

A few things to remember while packing:

  • You’ll want to use professional packing supplies as opposed to the “free” boxes you can pick up from grocery stores. These boxes can be dirty, contain pests, and be weakened from previous use during shipping.
  • You should also keep Moving Day necessities, such as outfits for the next week and phone chargers, separate from your other packed belongings.  The last thing you want to discover after a long day of moving is that you can’t find your toothbrush and bed sheets!
  • There are plenty of belongings you can pack weeks ahead of your moving date, such as out-of-season clothing and holiday decorations.  Sometimes packing way before you think you need to start can even help your house sell quickly.  Prospective home buyers want the homes they tour to feel open and accessible, so boxing up clutter on your bookshelves and in your toy room can make your home feel more spacious.
  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK packing tipsLabel as you go, instead of waiting to pack everything first!  Sometimes it feels easier to wait until you’ve packed up a whole room before uncapping your Sharpie and labeling each box.  However, you may find that you have to move the boxes around to reach all corners of the room and accidentally mix up your belongings.  It’s definitely better to label as you go, preferably with different colors of permanent markers or stickers that help you easily identify which room each box belongs in.
  • If you get tired of packing, let the professionals do it for you!  Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 to set up your packing services.

Forgetting unseen items.

Packing and moving is such a long, stressful process that it’s easy to forget about belongings that usually hide in storage closets, kitchen cabinets, and extra attic space.  About a week before your movers come to move everything, check these places in your home so you won’t leave anything behind.  We’ll often see customers forget about the top shelves in their closets, yard furniture, and their kitchen pantry.

Running out of time to clean.

You don’t want to lose your security deposit or have a new homeowner upset about moving into a mess!  Many of our customers forget to block out time in their schedules to clean their old home after the movers have transferred their belongings to the new space.  It doesn’t make sense to clean before the move because dirt and dust can stir within the house after movers walk in and out multiple times.

Another tip to consider is setting aside your cleaning supplies in one closet that you ask the movers not to load on their truck.  Keep your floor cleaner, broom and mop, glass cleaner, etc., all in this closet so you won’t have to go out and buy more or drive out to your new home to retrieve these supplies when it comes time to clean.

Not arranging elevator and parking logistics.

When you live in a congested part of town, such as The Gulch or in a high rise downtown, you may need to speak with your property manager about a parking plan for your moving truck.  Keep in mind that standard moving trucks have a 26-foot box, so you’ll want about 35-40 feet of space for them to park, roll out their ramp, and maneuver furniture.  Some buildings also require you to reserve an elevator and properly pad the elevator prior to Moving Day to avoid causing delays for other tenants or damaging the elevator’s interior.

Not scheduling caregivers.

Moving with kidsHave you considered where your children and pets will stay during the hustle and bustle of Moving Day?  If you don’t have friends or family members in town who can watch the kids and critters, be sure you don’t wait until the last minute to schedule sitters.  We also recommend that adult children who are moving their aging parents arrange a caregiver for the day, especially if your parents are suffering from memory issues that can cause extra confusion during the relocation.

Failing to schedule vendor changes.

When you’re moving your home, be sure to call your electric, gas, and water companies prior to the move so you can avoid being overcharged for utilities you no longer need at your old residence.  This is also important because you may end up moving into a dark home if you forget to set up utilities in your new place!

While you set up these essentials, be sure to also notify your Internet service provider and the Post Office about your change of address and scheduled moving date.  This is also a great time to figure out your new trash and recycling pick-up schedule.  If you move within Metro Nashville, you can set up reminders for these pick-up days until you get into a new routine.

If you’re getting ready to move your business rather than your home, you’ll also want to make sure all customers and vendors know about your move.  Post a banner announcement on your website, add a highlighted line in your email signature, and set up an auto attendant message on your phone so customers will know about the change.  Also think through all the vendors you use for regular deliveries so you can notify them of your moving date for their records.

Waiting too late to schedule the movers.

two men and a truck nashvilleUsually, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can accommodate last-minute moving requests…but sometimes waiting too late can cause our prices to rise as the schedule gets packed!  A good rule of thumb is calling 1-2 weeks prior to the date you wish to move.  This way, you may have more flexibility to take advantage of discounted days and other seasonal specials.  Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 for a free quote, or check out our website for other moving information!

So You’re Moving to Germantown…

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's favorite spots to visit in Germantown Nashville

So you’ve just made one of the hardest-yet-easiest decisions of your life: you decided to move to the up-and-coming neighborhood of Germantown! Within walking distance from downtown, this north Nashville neighborhood is filled with excitement in every corner. Germantown is rich with history, but it is ever changing as more people discover this charming neighborhood. Here are some of our favorite places to explore and eat in the Germantown area.

Morning Java: Coffee runs in the veins of most Nashvillians! You need to know about one of our favorite coffee shops, Red Bicycle, which has its original location right in the middle of Germantown. This delightful establishment has crepes and coffee to satisfy everyone in your family. You can also visit the Steadfast Coffee retail store and sip on locally brewed beans from Franklin, TN. Steadfast even has coffee soda for when your taste buds are feeling adventurous!

The best Nashville playgrounds near GermantownBest Playgrounds: We are so excited to let you in on our little secret, the new addition to Nashville called Cumberland Park. It has a greenway with trails for those who want to take in the views of downtown Nashville across the river, and there’s also a water play pad for kids to run around during the blistering summer heat. This park is always filled with events during the summer as well, such as the Jazz on the Cumberland series that goes on every Sunday night. Another place to take the kids is the Morgan Park, which also has a community center with regular activities!

Casual Eats: With so many restaurants popping up all over the place, one of our favorites is Germantown Cafe. You have to experience brunch at this place which has earned the loyalty of many Germantown natives. And if you prefer Mexican food, Little Donkey serves up all kinds of dips and traditional Latin American favorites. To cap off your delicious meals, you have to visit The Cupcake Collection! After you taste their cheap-and-delicious cupcakes, you won’t be able to stay away.

Baseball games in NashvilleFamily Fun: Nestled just minutes away from Germantown is First Tennessee Park, home of the Sounds, our local minor league baseball team! Take the family to one of the games and eat some funnel cake, play in the Kid Zone’s inflatable Booster mascot, and cheer on the country music legends as they race between innings. We also suggest a trip to LaserQuest, where you can let your inner child loose and play Parents versus the Kids. And don’t forget the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, which is perfect for Instagram shots of the family.

Grown-Up Fun: If you haven’t been already, take your friends to the Escape Game to test your problem-solving abilities in an interactive mystery game! Celebrities like Shawn Mendez, Tim Tebow, and Kelly Clarkson have all played this strategy game and loved it. For those music loving individuals, you will for sure want to check out a concert or two at Ascend Amphitheater. With a lovely view of downtown surrounding it, the outdoor venue is perfect for enjoying a show. In October, Germantown is transformed to celebrate the Nashville’s four-day Oktoberfest. Admission is free, and there are tons of local vendors. You can also spot traditional dancing, a dressed-up doggy parade, and other activities.

Nashville southern country livingStaycation Attractions: When you’re ready to be a tourist in your own town, Germantown is the perfect place to start! The Nashville Farmers Market is a must for your long summer weekends, located just up the street in the heart of Bicentennial Park. There are lots of yummy food options, flowers, and other local goods. If you’re craving a night on the town, grab a pair of cowboy boots and flannels and head out to Wildhorse Saloon for down-home line dancing and pool. You can round out your southern staycation with a trip to the original location of Monell’s, which features all kinds of comfort food.

Unique Spots: With events ranging from the Italian Lights Festival to free Tuesday afternoon yoga sessions, you will not want to pass up Bicentennial Mall! You can see all their upcoming events on the Tennessee state’s website. Peter Nappi also has a retail store in Germantown featuring locally-designed, Italian-made luxurious leather goods. And you can even visit our local fish market at Little’s Fish Company!

Moving Help: Don’t forget to call or text your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK at 615-248-6288 to simplify all your moving needs. We offer full service packing, moving, and unpacking. You can see all our other services on our website!

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Celebrate Christmas in July!

5 christmas in july celebrations in nashville

If you’re anything like us, you believe the “best time of the year” should be a year-round occurrence and you’re already planning the Christmas presents you plan to give to your close friends and family this year. Fortunately, we discovered not too long ago that Nashville’s hottest month offers the best of Christmas time and summer vacation all in one as everyone celebrates Christmas in July. Every year, it seems like more Christmas in July celebrations just keep popping up all over Nashville! Here are our top 5 favorites coming up in 2017:

Christmas in July Coat Drive

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK hosts the Christmas in July Coat DriveSaturday, July 8  |  9 am-11 am  |  Thriftsmart on Nolensville

This cause is obviously near and dear to our hearts! Last year was our first year hosting this coat drive benefiting K-4th grade students who attend Park Avenue Elementary School and live in poverty. We were able to collect 200 coats–enough to ensure every child who needed one was able to receive a warm jacket during the winter! This year, if you come out to help us fill a 16-foot moving truck with coats, sweaters, and jackets, you can enter to win a free pair of tickets to a December performance of The Nutcracker, performed by the Nashville Ballet and Nashville Symphony. Everyone who makes a donation will also receive a 50% off voucher to use on any purchase at Thriftsmart. We’ll even be making holiday crafts and join forces with The BIG 98 to give away other prizes! Click here for more details about the event.

The Nutcracker Sale

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Christmas in July Coat Drive Nutcracker tickets giveawayMonth of July  |  Tennessee Performing Arts Center

Every July, the Nashville Ballet hosts its biggest discount of the year for its annual Nutcracker performance, where purchasers can get their holiday tickets early for a much lower fee. The non-profit also celebrates with flash mob-style performances around town and invitations for children to audition for roles. Take advantage of the savings by calling, clicking, or visiting the TPAC box office!

Dive-In Move: The Polar Express

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's list of Nashville Christmas in July eventsFriday, July 7 Park open 10 am-8 pm; Movie at 8:30 pm  |  Nashville Shores

During the summer, Nashville Shores always hosts a “Dive-In Movie” series, where family-friendly movies begin at dusk for park goers to enjoy. This year, the park is taking the tradition a step further by hosting a full day dedicated the the Christmas in July celebration! Simply bring an unwrapped toy (which will be donated to Toys for Tots), and your whole family can enjoy admission for $19.99 each. (And if you have season passes, it’s even cheaper!) The first 200 guests will also receive a commemorative ornament or Polar Express bell.

Second Sunday Toy Hack

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's picks for Christmas in July in nashvilleSunday, July 9  |  2 pm-4 pm  |  Adventure Science Center

Every month, the Adventure Science Center opens its doors to teach kids 10 and up about how to manipulate parts from old devices to make new, ingenius inventions! July is an especially good month for holiday-hungry kids to join in the fun so they can do the same job as Santa’s elves and make their own new toys.  The cost is also very affordable–either $4 if you’re a member or $7 if you aren’t! And don’t worry–the program starts with a safety lesson, and ends with your child taking home his or her new favorite toy.

Christmas in July with Yogi

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Christmas in July in NashvilleFriday, July 14 thru Sunday, July 16  |  Jellystone Park

Celebrate Christmas early with Yogi Bear and his friends! When you camp out at Jellystone Park this weekend, your family can have fun making snowflakes, playing in snowball fights, hunting the gingerbread man and making his home, and even chatting with Santa Claus on Saturday! Jellystone also raffles off a Yogi Bear stuffed animal to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital over the Christmas in July weekend. There are also plenty of activities that happen every weekend at the park, including games, karaoke, face painting, and rides.


Are you getting ready for your next big move? Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 or visit our website for a free quote on our moving services!

Christmas in July Coat Drive

Christmas in July Coat Drive

We’re getting ready for our second annual Christmas in July Coat Drive! When Nashville starts to get chilly in the winter, many local parents aren’t able to afford new jackets to properly fit their children. A couple years ago, we decided we wanted to host a coat drive to specifically benefit the students at Park Avenue Elementary who are living in poverty. Unfortunately, coat drives usually take place in the middle of winter after the kids are already in need of clothing to keep them warm. So last July, we decided to host a “Christmas in July” coat drive to collect jackets, coats, and sweaters ahead of time to prepare Park Avenue ahead of the winter season.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK hosts the Christmas in July Coat DriveOur 2016 coat drive was so successful that we decided to make it an annual tradition! We hope you’ll keep supporting these local children in need by coming to this year’s Christmas in July celebration on July 8th from 9 am-11 am! Our goal is to fill a 16-foot moving truck with new and gently-used coats, jackets, and sweaters for these K through 4th grade students. We’ll be parked in front of the Nashville location of Thriftsmart on Nolensville Road to take your donations.

This year, everyone (18+ years old) can enter to win a pair of tickets to one of the Nashville Ballet‘s December performances of The Nutcracker! We’re so excited about this raffle prize, which is valued at $148 and really helps us get into the Christmas spirit.

And that’s not all! Thriftsmart has generously offered (again!) to give a voucher for 50% off your next purchase at their store to everyone who makes a donation! Plus, we’ll be making kid-friendly DIY crafts out of moving boxes so your child can bring home a keepsake from the event. We’ll also be joined by our friends at The BIG 98 for our party music and prizes for your family.

Help us fill our truck with coats for these students in need! If you have any questions, please call or text us at 615-248-6288!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's Christmas in July Coat Drive

Two Easy DIY Father’s Day Gifts

Easy DIY Fathers Day Gifts out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

We’re just one week out from Father’s Day–one of the most difficult holidays ever when we try to brainstorm gift ideas! How do you find the perfect gift for the dad who has everything, or the dad who is your super hero? After a lot of discussion with our Movers and office staff who are dads, we noticed that all of their favorite past gifts had something in common: all of them were handmade by their kids.

If you’re still looking for some last-minute present inspiration, here are some ideas we came up with! Both of these crafts can be made out of used moving boxes from your last relocation, and they’re super personalized for the amazing father in your life.

Rope Swing Bookmarks

How to make bookmarks out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

To make these high-flying bookmarks, you’ll need:

  • Old moving box
  • Box cutter or crafting knife
  • Camera (we used a mobile phone)
  • Color printer
  • Photo glue (heavier-duty than normal glue sticks)
  • Hole Puncher
  • Woven ribbon

Step One: Have each of your kids pose in front of a solid-colored background with their hands grabbing an imaginary rope over their heads. We used these kiddos’ bedroom doors to provide a solid color, but you can also have them pose laying on the grass outside or in front of a white wall. Take their photos as they keep their legs straight or bent like they’re gliding through the air!

DIY Father's Day bookmarks made out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesStep Two: Print out the photos and cut around their body shapes. At this point, we laminated our photos to protect against water stains or long-term wear, but you don’t have to do this!

Step Three: Use your photo glue to set each child’s photo against the cardboard surface of the box. Once the photo has dried to the box, cut around the outlined shape again.

Step Four: Punch a hole right underneath the imaginary rope your child is holding in the air. Then cut your ribbon down to your preferred length and tie a lark’s head knot (also known as a cow hitch knot) through the hole.

Step Five: Give to Dad inside his brand new book!

Dancing Fridge Magnets

DIY Father's Day magnet made from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

To make these hilarious man cave mini-fridge magnets, you’ll need:

  • Old moving box
  • Box cutter or crafting knife
  • Camera (we used a mobile phone)
  • Color printer
  • Glue stick
  • Brads
  • Adhesive magnet strips

Step One: Take a photo of each of your children standing in a position where they have space between their arms and sides, and between their legs.

Step Two: Print two copies of each photo. With the first copy, cut around the edge of the head and midsection of the photo. With the second copy, cut around the edges of the arms and legs. Make sure the arms and legs have some overlap of the midsection, or you won’t have any overlap to place a brad!

Step Three: Glue each body part to a section of your used moving box, and cut around each shape.

Step Four: Carefully poke a brad through each overlapping piece to attach your arms and legs to the midsections.  Then fold the brad tips back behind the cardboard.

Step Five: Stick a strip of adhesive magnet to the back of each kiddo, and arrange the arms and legs to your preferred stance! Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Do you need to purchase some craft supplies (er, I mean, boxes) for your upcoming move? Give us a call at 615-248-6288 to schedule a free delivery of all the moving supplies you need! You can also check out our website to learn about our full-service packing offer!

Two-Minute Guide: How to Pack Your Dishes

Learn to pack your dishes like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

We’ve been moving and packing Nashville’s belongings for over 21 years now, and we like to share everything we’ve learned to help you have the easiest moving experience possible. Packing is by far the longest step in the moving process, and we know you have a lot of work ahead of you, so we put together a quick guide to pack your dishes so nothing gets broken along the way.

First, you want to start with a “Dish Pack” or “Dish Barrel” box.  We’re in love with these boxes because they’re double-walled to ensure stability and great cushioning, plus they come with a cell pack that creates adjustable pockets to fit each dish.  Tape up the bottom of the box with 3 strips of tape.  (We always use 3 strips at the bottom of every box, no matter what the type.)

Next, open up your cell pack.  This is another ingenious creation, because every part of the pack turns into practical packing supplies, including the top cover showing the contents of the pack.  Take that cover and fold the side flaps into a makeshift spring (pictured on the cell pack).  Press this down to the bottom of your box to add yet another layer of protective cushioning, just in case the box gets dropped.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK how to pack dishesNow you’re ready to put together your first set of dividers.  There are tall and short dividers, but you want to start with the shorter ones.  Use the interlocking pieces to create 16 separate pockets that can be used for drinking glasses, silverware, and other small, breakable items you find in your kitchen.  Roll each glass in a sheet of packing paper, with the ends folded and taped to the side.  This way, the glass is less likely to slip out or become exposed, and rolls of silverware have less chance of stabbing through the end of the paper roll.  If a glass doesn’t fill up the full pocket, stuff extra crumpled paper to fill in the gaps so it won’t shift during transit.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK how to pack plates and bowlsOnce your first layer of dishes has been packed up, flatten one side of the cell pack and lay it over the top.  This barrier ensures your glassware won’t rub against or chip any dishes from layers above or below.  Then put together your next set of dividers.  If you’re ready to pack up the plates and bowls, use the taller dividers.  The tall dividers allow you to stand up the dishes vertically, where they’ll be less likely to break if the box shifts in your moving van.  Again, fill in extra space with crumpled packing paper.  You can also use the smaller square pockets around the edges of this layer to place more drinking glasses and trinkets.

That’s it!  Those are the four steps to take when packing up your kitchenware. When you’re ready to purchase supplies, give us a call to schedule your free delivery of everything, from boxes to mattress bags to rolls of tape.  We’ll even buy back any supplies you don’t use at full price after you’ve had a chance to settle down in your new home.

If DIY packing doesn’t sound like your thing, give us a call at 615-248-6288 (or just click here to visit our website) to ask about our all-inclusive packing service.  Instead of paying someone by the hour to pack all your belongings and purchase all the supplies they use, our movers can expertly pack your belongings with our supplies for one hourly rate.

Summer Moving is Coming!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is ready for the Nashville summer

While many families around the country start preparing for their annual summer vacations and local students get out of school, the moving industry is preparing for its busiest season of the year! Our “busy season” always takes place during the summer, which officially begins on June 20 right before midnight. We’re already gearing up for this year’s Biggest Move Weekend, which is coming up in less than a month on June 23-24!

We’re pretty excited about the upcoming hustle and bustle, but we also realize moving can be stressful for families who don’t move day-in and day-out like we do. Here are our top tips for a successful move during the hottest season of the year:

Call TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville to schedule your upcoming moveSchedule Moving Day sooner rather than later.

Since June is by far our busiest month of moving, you’ll want to call and reserve your spot as soon as possible. When you give us a few weeks’ notice, we’re usually able to schedule you on a less expensive day or have more flexibility in fitting you into the time of day you prefer (morning or afternoon). Another benefit to scheduling your moving day early is that you get a better idea of how many days you have to pack everything up. Although you can hire us to pack your belongings the day prior to your move, we totally understand that many customers prefer to organize and box up their own things.

Make sure your new home is ready for you.

During the spring and fall months, it’s not a big deal to wait a couple days for your HVAC unit to get hooked up with our electric and gas companies. However, when June comes around, you will definitely want the A/C functioning when you move in! Be sure your internet, cable, water, and other utilities are up and running prior to Moving Day.

Understand your movers’ limitations.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK sells mirror boxes for wall hangingsOur movers are more than happy to move as much as your entire home to just a few pieces of furniture! But to avoid being caught off-guard, make sure you think through Moving Day before we arrive. There are some things we can’t move, such as aquariums full of water, prescription medications, lawn mowers full of gasoline, and valuable jewelry. We also can’t keep certain fragile items safe, like your TV screens and wall hangings, unless they’re inside specialty boxes made to fit snugly around these objects.  Be sure to ask your sales representative about any other restrictions that may pertain to your move when you call, text, or email them.

Additionally, there are some steps you can take the day before Moving Day to cut down on your hourly costs. For example, make sure your appliances are unhooked, and furniture is easy to get to before the movers arrive. This way, the movers won’t have to take extra time moving things around to reach the bigger items they need to load into the truck first. You can also use colored duct tape to create color-coded labels on each box and durable furniture piece. Write the name of the corresponding room on each label, and your movers will be able to quickly deliver each item to the correct room without having to constantly ask you for direction.

Beat the Nashville heat!

On strenuous, fast-paced days, it can be difficult to remember to sunscreen, especially when you plan to spend a large portion of the day outdoors. Tennessee weather is great because even on hot days, there are usually plenty of clouds in the sky to provide some shade from the sun. However, clouds also magnify the sun’s impact on your skin, so you still need protection. Make sure the sunscreen you choose provides a shield against both UVB and UVA rays–most popular brands only protect against UVB rays.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK summer movingAnd remember that the outside temperature is cooler than the inside of a car, and much cooler than the back of a moving truck. We’ll do our best to transport and unload your belongings efficiently, but you never know when we’ll get stuck in traffic or come across another unexpected issue. Plan for your things to be in 100+ degree conditions for at least a couple hours, and consider which sensitive items you may need to carry in your personal vehicle to keep them safe from melting during the transition.

Did we miss any answers you were hoping to find about summer moving? You can always call or text us at 615-248-6288 or  visit our website for all the moving information you need!

So You’re Moving to 12th South…

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's guide to the 12th South Neighborhood of Nashville

So you’re moving to 12th South–what a fun and trendy neighborhood to be a part of! ​With plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, and events popping up every day, you’ll surely never get tired of this hip area. But moving to a new place can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to a growing city like Nashville. Let us make your transition easier with some of our favorite places to frequent in 12th South!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's recommendations for coffee in 12th SouthMorning Java: First, coffee, so you have energy to explore the rest of the neighborhood. Our top pick is Frothy Monkey, and their first ever location is right in the heart of 12th South. With its comfy atmosphere and variety of yummy foods and drinks, you can’t go wrong with this place. But if you just want a quiet place to read or study alone, grab a cup o’ joe at Portland Brew. This tiny little coffee shop offers a calmer atmosphere, inspired by the northwest.

Best Playground: No matter the age of your kids, they will love Sevier Park. With the new addition of the Sevier Park Community Center, this place is always bustling with people joining in a variety of fitness classes. The park features lots of picnic tables, plenty of green space for people and pets to enjoy, and a fun-filled play set for your kiddos. And be sure to check out the Farmers Market, hosted at the park from May through October to get the best fresh veggies, fruits, and flowers.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's recommendations for casual food in the 12th South neighborhood of NashvilleCasual Eats: There are so much good food in the 12th South neighborhood! For your taco craving, hop in line at Taqueria Del Sol  and get some delicious fish tacos…and you might even spot Ben Rector or Dierks Bentley there! If your family is full of barbecue lovers, hit up the original location of Edley’s BBQ. Finally, for those of you with sweet tooth, you must try the newest location of Five Daughters Bakery! Five Daughters is great because they offer lots of options for people who have any type of allergies.

Family Fun: When it’s warm and sunny outside, we highly recommend Las Paletas all-natural, handmade popsicles. The friendly folks at this small restaurant offer dozens of flavors with the option of chocolate dipping, and even have special popsicle holders to keep sticky, melting liquid off your kids’ fingers. On a rainy day, get the kids to Adventure Science Center! They will love playing with all the interactive games while also learning about science.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's recommendations for fun in the 12th South neighborhood of nashvilleGrown-Up Fun: So you’ve worked at a desk all day–you deserve a little fun now! Every Thursday night, grab a table at Flipside for Trivia Night and enjoy some good, clean fun. Get there early and eat some delicious fried chicken prepared every way imaginable or just settle for the loaded tater tots (YUM!). Another great place to expel your stress is 12th South Yoga, the only yoga studio in Nashville offering Iyengar yoga. And you can’t forget Zanies, a local comedy club which offers plenty of laughs as you wind down from your day.

Staycation Attractions: So you’ve finally got that long weekend that you’ve been waiting for…what is there to do? Get your shopping shoes on, because this area is loaded with cute little shops to browse. Whites Mercantile not only offers an eclectic collection of Southern items, but is also owned by Hank Williams Jr.’s daughter, local singer-songwriter Holly Williams. Draper James is the next celebrity-owned stop on the list. Reese Witherspoon’s store offers beautiful clothes in your typical Southern Belle style. And when you really need to feel like you’ve escaped from home, check out Embers Ski Lodge, the new bar in Nashville which truly feels like a trip to the snowy slopes.

Unique spots in 12th South Nashville neighborhoodUnique Spots: Everything is so vibrant and alive in the distinctive 12th South neighborhood! For example, Fork’s Drum Closet is a one-of-a-kind music store selling drum sets, cymbals from China, and snares of all sorts. You also have to check out Sprinkles to get some on-demand cupcakes… If you have never heard of Sprinkles, you are missing out! It’s this amazing cupcake vending machine (yes, you read that correctly) right next to Draper James, and you can get cupcakes 24 hours per day. And your new neighborhood happens to have some of the best Instagram photo opps in Nashville, with iconic exterior murals like the I BELIEVE IN NASHVILLE flag, raining donuts next to Five Daughters Bakery, and the brightly colored walls of Draper James.

Moving Help: And of course, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is always here to make you move as easy as possible! Don’t be shy and give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 to request your free moving quote. We would love to help and make 12th South your home sweet home!

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