Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Allendale, MI, USA
I haven't done this exactly, but I sell a lot on eBay so I ship quite a bit from home and I'm also the shipping foreman at our plant and ship/receive daily from there.
I think you'll find the cost prohibitive with the LTL companies, by the pallet.
The simplest solution would be to take everything to your local UPS store, FedEx Kinko's, or similar shipping outlet and they will help you with everything - boxes, advice, etc.
For the most part the biggest factor in the cost will be weight (as long as your boxes aren't TOO large), so pick & choose your 'freight' accordingly. You can have it all shipped to another UPS/FedEx store where you'll be landing.
I find the cost of UPS or FedEx Ground to be identical but sometimes UPS will sneak in surcharges for things like odd shapes or container materials so I prefer FedEx Ground. Square corrugated boxes are the easiest for them to handle, stack, & move. Just be sure to use good quality boxes with lotsa tape. If it's well packed you needn't worry about damage.
Don't forget to determine the total value & buy extra insurance if needed. it's cheap.
Good luck & God bless,