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« on: June 01, 2006 06:10:38 PM »

I recently acquired some awesome cigar boxes from a grocery store. At the service counter where they sell cigarettes, alcohol etc. they have boxes of cigars and after they all sell, they just throw out the boxes. Some of them are nice wood ones. If you're interested, you might want to ask about it at your local grocery store.

I'm thinking they'll be nice to paint up and possibly give as gifts with home made sets of paper or something else. I haven't tried getting the smell out yet though, so any ideas would be appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2006 07:30:41 PM »

We have quite a few 'smoke shops' in the next town over from me, and I've been tempted to ask them if they would get rid of their cigar boxes.

I just don't know exactly how to ask  Undecided
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2006 06:22:15 PM »

We have quite a few 'smoke shops' in the next town over from me, and I've been tempted to ask them if they would get rid of their cigar boxes.

I just don't know exactly how to ask  Undecided

I'd just put it nice and simply, "If you're planning on throwing away any empty cigar boxes, I'd love to take them off your hands"
I'm sure they wouldn't mind, you could mention something about recycling. Who doesn't like recycling? Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2006 06:53:16 PM »

I haven't tried getting the smell out yet though, so any ideas would be appreciated!
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Try stuffing them with newspaper, if it works for smelly  Huh shoes, it should work for cigar boxes. Lucky find for you way to recycle. d
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2006 12:52:44 AM »

I think baking soda would help alot in removing the smell. 
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2006 10:20:53 PM »

So we really only have like two tobacco shops where I live and both of them have a similar practice with old cigar boxes.

One stacks them in the corner and every cigar box is $1.00 whether it's small/big/paper/wood.

The other cigar store keeps their boxes in this sketchy room near the back and they charge $0.50 for paper cigar boxes and $1.00 for wood boxes.

So it's not free but it's pretty darn cheap, and they have some really awesome boxes out there if you hunt to the bottom of the huge four foot stacks.

I really wouldn't be afraid of asking them if they have any empty cigar boxes you could have (most places I have tried when I have been out of town have been very friendly and I've only ever been to one place where they didn't have a set practice--some do give them away for free so always ask!).  I've also seen some unfinished cigar boxes in craft stores selling for one to three dollars.  I don't think it is nearly as fun as reconstructing something that was actually used for cigars and a lot of the cigar boxes have some really cool labels/borders you can use in your design.

For the smell, you could try overpowering it with something citrus-y like placing an orange/lemon peel/oil or using a product like orange glo.  I wonder if you can Febreze wood!  A trick I was taught for smelly shoes is placing half of a bounce dryer sheet in them.
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2006 10:26:02 PM »

I have got some at local smoke shops...they usually just have them all stacked and priced. I haven't really done anything for the smell aside from letting them air out in the sun and just take their time...after a bit they don't smell anymore Smiley...of course if you want to use them quick that wont help Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2006 11:01:09 PM »

Yea I went and checked out some smoke shops about a year ago and they wanted to charge me $6 or more , you can get them cheaper off of Ebay also if they're big enough you should make jewelry boxes or purses, or even memorablilia box for you or a friend. i helped my niece make one with pictures of her family and then covered it with decopauge for her mother on her birthday it was so sweet. anyways good luck
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2006 08:15:20 AM »

Wowza, 6 dollars for a cigar box...

A dollar sounds reasonable ^.^ I would pay it, I love decorating them.
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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2006 07:53:57 AM »

I think that I should ask for cigar box or something... I like finding boxes and stuff-but don't really use 'em yet. A cigar box would be cool to be paint and really decorate.
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