Where to Find FREE Pallets


We use to own a recycling company and a major part of our income was getting pallets from all kinds of various places and then selling them to companies who needed them. I shared 20 DIY Wood  Pallet and there was mention that it would be helpful to know where to find FREE pallets. I decided to share how we use to get our pallets for free with you.

Getting pallets for free is actually rather easy to do, but it is a bit time consuming. It does usually require a truck and straps. Plus, a bit of muscle strength too. Pallets aren’t exactly light if you get the standard size.

For EVERY place that is listed, I would highly recommend calling to ensure they are still there and what the terms are for you picking them up. Every place is different. I have included some side notes for each place you retrieved them from too.

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The first place I would look would be under the FREE section of Craiglist.org. I don’t think I’ve ever gone on there and NOT seen FREE pallets offered from local companies. In most cases, the pallets are NOT going to be in the greatest shape. However, if you’re going to tear them apart to make furniture, they are still worth getting.


Warehouses give out pallets for free quite often. However, usually, they have a LARGE quantity of pallets that they want you to pick up. So unless you’re planning on doing some pretty big projects I wouldn’t recommend you choose that as your option first.

Grocery Stores

These are a wonderful resource for getting free pallets. They often have just the right amount available for small projects and they keep them in pretty great shape too.


This depends on the restaurants delivery methods as to what you’re going to find available there. However, I have seen us get them from a few Chinese places. I think this has to do with some type of culture difference in the way they get their products, but I’m not sure. At most, we got 15-20 from them at a time.

Office Supply Stores

This is a great resource for about 5 pallets a week. That isn’t a lot, but if you’re already in the area it’s worth adding them to your stack.


These are some of the places we use to get our pallets from. Every town and business are different. I can tell you that Walmart and Lowes has a contract with companies to come and pick up theirs. They reuse their own pallets often.

Where do you find free pallets in your area? 

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  1. I have gone pallet hunting a few times and love to pick through for the perfect ones. I have even scored free wooden spools while looking for pallets (and finding spools instead, which was totally exciting because I had no idea they throw those away too!)
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  2. Thanks for these tips. I never have trouble finding pallets as my husband brings them home from work. Thanks for being an amazing cohost on #HomeMattersParty

  3. I always wanted to try pallet projects but we don’t have large vehicle and right place & tools to cut and work on a project like that.Maybe one day I will be able to try them. Great resources, though! #HomeMattersParty

  4. You’ll laugh at me if I told you I snatched mine from construction sites near our house as we are in a new area with lots of new home construction. So I actually didn’t know tradesmen actually brought them back to their suppliers. One day I went to the park and found a light one I could carry home. I set it aside so I could take it when we were done. I saw the trades working and figured, this one was lying around far away so it’s not theirs to take back. Well apparently I had made it all too easy on them because by the time we were done, they had taken in it away! I was so upset I think I must have uttered a few curse words under my tongue so the kids wouldn’t hear me. All the other pallets were too heavy to carry. The next day, I left early, went back to the site where my crate was taken and snatched one that the trades left behind. I had the car so I lifted it up and pushed it in except that I ended up scratching the bumper…lol…That was not gonna go well with the hubby, so I prayed he wouldn’t see it. Of course a year later I admitted it to him at which point it had no effect lol…

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    • Thank you for sharing your pallet adventure with us. That was neat to hear that. I think I would have had to wait a year to tell my husband something like that.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.


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