How do I get free milk crates?

Updated July 19, 2017

Milk crates have more uses than just carrying milk. They are sturdy and can be used for multiple purposes, such as shelving units or stepping stools. It is best to ask store managers if they would give you some crates rather than to take them.


Supermarkets are the best resources because they have crates of all kinds. If they do not have any crates on hand, ask when their dairy supplier will come.

Fast Food Restaurants

Visit your local McDonald's, or any fast food place that serves breakfast items. They should have a stack of milk crates sitting in their storage room.

Big Discount Stores

Check your local Wal-Mart. Chances are, they will have crates that they are willing to offload for free.

Gas Stations

Gas Stations that also sell grocery items are a good resource. Not only will they have milk crates, but they might have juice crates as well.

Thrift Stores

Thrift stores might give you whatever crates they have on hand. If not, you can buy them for less than a dollar.

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Deborah Woehr began writing fiction in 1997 and has been freelance writing since 2006. She was a staff blogger for Syntagma Media, where she wrote for "Cooking Latest" and "Paranormal Watch." Woehr holds an Associate of Science in computer graphics from The Master's Institute.