New business helps islanders become junk-free

For anyone, which means everyone, who has junk they would like to dispose of, Move It Now Junk Removal is ready to help. The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce welcomed the new company’s owners, JR and Lori Boyd with a ribbon cutting Dec. 15.

“Friday Harbor is so into recycling, this is a great addition to the island,” Town of Friday Harbor Administrator Denice Kulseth said.

Move it Now operates across Northwest Washington, according to JR. The idea came to him four years ago in a dream.

“I had a dream about junk removal, and the next day I put an ad up on Craigslist. For $75 I would remove junk. It just took off from there,” JR said. He grew from a pick-up to a trailer, to another pickup, a van until the business grew to where it is today. JR said he doesn’t like to put a rigid price on removal, but for more information, or for an estimate, visit

The Boyds try to give away or donate the materials first but will take them to the dump if need be.

“There is a lot of stuff out there, and a lot of people in need. We donate it to consignment stores [and other places], but first, we try to get it to the people who need it,” JR said. There are also, of course, people who renovate old materials, like furniture, or use junk for creative projects.

“One person’s junk is another person’s treasure,” Scott Sluis, chamber treasurer and incoming president, laughed.

To connect with those who see the items as treasures, Lori works with an array of sources to find a good home for the junk. She might find interested parties via Joyce Sobel Family Resource Center, Treasure Hounds, consignment stores, or simply by word of mouth.

“She is very good at [networking]” JR said.

The Boyds had visited the islands for years and wanted to make San Juan Island home, and are excited they finally were able to make that happen.

JR told attendees of the ribbon-cutting event that he and Lori are proud to be a part of the island, to be in a safe place to raise their son.

”We are happy to be here and help the community where we can.” JR said. “We want to give back to the community by helping get rid of junk. We are looking forward to serving the community.”