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Something Old, Something New: Moving Antiques with Dolly

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Antique dealers and buyers may disagree on many things–how much an item should cost, what materials are the best, and which eras are home to the greatest antiques–but one thing they’ll all agree on is how important a quality mover is when bringing an antique home. When moving something that’s been around for decades, and in some cases, centuries, it requires a special kind of care and respect for the item. Finding the right people to move it can feel just as difficult as finding the right antique itself. 

For one Illinois woman, that was the exact issue plaguing her mind. Thankfully, she was able to find help in a surprisingly modern place.

Big Problem, Big Price

Shannon was lucky enough to find two antiques she wanted to take home: a vintage stove and a steamer trunk. Hunting them down was a challenge, but getting them home quickly proved even harder. 

“I had an antique stove and an antique steamer trunk. It was too big and too heavy for me to move in my car. Plus, I was only moving them 2 miles, from one garage to another garage, with no steps and easy driveway access.”

The natural inclination for Shannon was to call a standard moving company, and while they were available, she found they weren’t worth the trouble. “Large moving companies were giving me estimates of $269 – $491, which seemed outrageous for a small (and granted, awkward) job.”

She turned to her neighborhood NextDoor community in hopes of finding an alternative. It was there that she found Dolly. “I put out a request for movers via the NextDoor app and someone suggested Dolly.”

A Modern Solution

Shannon downloaded the Dolly app and gave some details about her move. Shortly after she submitted her details, Dolly matched her with a local pickup truck owner, Andy. While Shannon was worried that the 300 pound stove would be too much for Andy and his assistant, they assured her it would be no problem.

On the day Shannon had requested, Andy and his assistant met Shannon at the pickup location, and the delivery went without a hitch. “Start to finish, it took 25 minutes. They were nice guys, got the job done in minutes, and were very careful of my possessions. They seemed genuinely happy to be helping.” Andy and his assistant had no problem moving the vintage items carefully, and Shannon was thrilled with the experience. 

“It was wonderful. The Dolly app was easy to use: I downloaded it for free, got a quote for $81 in minutes, and had my moving solution solved within 15 minutes.”

Now, Shannon is able to enjoy her vintage pieces. And when the time comes for her to buy more, she has Dolly, a modern solution to bring them home. 

Miranda is the Marketing Coordinator at Dolly. She’s moved nine times in the past six years, and while she’s grateful for the moving expertise, she’s hoping she doesn’t need to move a tenth time anytime soon.

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