Hardware stores may carry some you could use, but you'd have to buy them..Just depends on what you're local one carries..
You can try places that specifically sell companies big cardboard. I know my dad told me where his work gets them but I gotgot the name..I think it was U-Line, but I could be mistaken..Anyway, if you have one near you (we have one down the road) they sell then in different sized sheets and you can go in the front doors and buy them off the company. my dad's work gets 8'x8' sheets for like $6..It's better then waiting and possibly not getting anything if you are in a hurry..
My other suggestion would be to call a store that carries the items those big boxes would come in. Usually places that sell grills, or stand-alone freezers, or big things like that, will get them in 2 per box (as in they arrive in a shipment box with 2 items in their own boxes). if you call and ask when their shipment days are because you need a huge box, they more then likely will tell you. Then make sure to call that morning right after opening time.Tell them on the phone that day that you need them to save the big boxes and you will pick them up. They will usually rwrite your name down and tell the freight crew to save them. Then give it a few hours and go in.
Hope this helps
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Akicon 2014 (so far):
-OC (Original Series)
-Yui Hirasawa (K-On!)
-Yui Hirasawa (Attack On K-On!)
-Hanji (Attack On Titan)
-Nepgear (Hyperdimension Neptunia)
-Link (Zelda: OOT)
-Miku (Vocaloid, Galaxy Girls [fan models])
Dream cosplays for now:
-Tsuruya-san (Haruhi Suzumiya)
-Kagami Hiiragi (Lucky Star)