Besides U-Haul

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  1. Mitzi

    Mitzi Rookie

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    If I would be lucky and land a teaching position in Vegas
    before August, I'm wondering how you transport or ship
    your books, school materials?

    So far, my friends don't want to drive a U-Haul out there,
    so I'd wind up selling my furniture here, and just take my clohes and whatever I can pacl into a suitcase.

    But what do you do about books? I'm thinking of mailing these via
    book rate but I'm not sure what that is until I check at the Post Office.

    Please give me some ideas.

    Just planning in advance, and hope I land a job.....

    Mitzi
     
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  3. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    Yay for Vegas! Have you had any interviews yet?

    The last time I shipped using the book rate, it didn't cost very much. I think I paid next to nothing to ship like 20 pounds of books. I don't know how many books you have, but I doubt it would cost a whole lot using the book rate.

    The thing is, though, sometimes the post office won't let you ship to or from a private residence using the book rate. It has to be to or from (or sometimes both) a library, school, or business in the book industry. If this is the case, you could try shipping it directly to your school, but please be careful--these are your personal things and you never know who might get their hands on them before you do.

    Do you have a car? Do you think your personal effects AND books could fit into your car? I have a little Honda Civic and I was amazed at what could fit into my car.

    Anyway, besides U-Haul you could consider asking a friend or family member to accompany you on the drive down there and utilize that person's vehicle space. This is especially nice if they have a large SUV or pickup with a topper.
     
  4. Mitzi

    Mitzi Rookie

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    Hi Cassie753!
    You are filled with a storehouse of information and I truly appreciate
    your detailed replies!!

    Haven't had any phone calls for principal interviews yet...
    Today on atozteacherstuff.com, did you see that someone wrote in
    about "District X" regarding the HR person saying like the procedure
    is for the principal to call? I wrote to her/him and asked if this was
    Vegas, but that was like two hours ago and maybe it didn't make the
    Current list Amanda has.

    Anyway, I do have a car, but it's a 1990; however, one friend has
    a big van and maybe would make the trip w/ me.

    You are right about shipping our valuable books, Mailbox magazines,
    personal school belongings to a school and getting in someone else's hands!!! Perhaps, I'm thinking I could take one suitcase and pack
    all the August, September stuff in it. The other two. I'd need for
    my clothes,shoes,etc. I'd have to check with the airlines to see
    if three suitcases are allowed and a carryon.

    Boy, I'm sounding Positive tonight. Lately, I've been thinking maybe
    "there's no harm in trying" to call the schools for First Grade openings,
    as you suggested two weeks ago, or faxing my resume and cover
    letter to get someone's attention.

    After the 4th of July, I start thinking time is short...the first day
    of school will be here before we know it!

    Thanks greatly, Cassie753!! MITZI
     
  5. Mrs.Rhinochunks

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    Good luck in your search.

    If you are offered a position you might check into the cost of proffessional movers? They charge by the pound (or rather 1000's of pounds) Anyway, it depends on how much it will cost you but maybe in the long run paying a moving company is more cost effective than having to replace what you chose to sell because it won't fit in your vehicle.

    Also... if you are willing to move from Ohio to Nevada, would you consider going just a little further? Arizona has a teacher shortage.
     
  6. cutNglue

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    I heard from someone that just moved to Iowa last week that it was cheaper for her to MAIL herself the stuff than to rent a uhaul. That's an option if you already know where you'll be staying.
     
  7. glenn

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    I have used book rate to ship to and from a private residence without any problem. The airlines will let you check large boxes. Check with the airline on the maximum size and weight. I moved from MI to AZ in two large boxes checked with Northwest Airlines.
     
  8. Exclaimation Po

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    I have a friend moving from DC to Boston for grad school and found the same that cutNglue's friend found. It can be cheaper to mail your stuff than use a UHaul.

    Good Luck!!!
     
  9. glenn

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    Jul 10, 2007

    You might think about taking the train out to Las Vegas. Amtrak will allow you to check 3 boxes each box can weigh up to 50 pounds. See Amtrak web site for sizes of boxes. You can also carry on 2 bags that can weigh up to 50 pounds each. To avoid having to transfer trains get the Sunset limited out of Chicago and take that to Kingman Arizona. Rent a vehicle to drive the 100 miles to Las Vegas.
     
  10. Mitzi

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    Jul 10, 2007

    Hi, Glenn!
    I really like the idea of Amtrak as my uncle used to work for the
    train station. Wow! I could take 3 boxes and each can weigh 50 lbs.
    I'm not sure my shoulders would hold a carryon of 50lbs., but I'll test
    that out!

    Thanks for the route. I will check the Amtrak website!!

    Mitzi
     

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