Answered by Robert MoreschiMarch 4, 2013
Before you gather all of your unused newsprint and wrap up your antique china, you may want to stop and pay attention to just what kind of newsprint you're using. If you the newsprint has anything printed on it (if it's an actual old newspaper that you found lying around the house) don't use it! At least not to pack your antique china.
When you're packing your antique china, it's important that you remember to use only unprinted newsprint, which essentially means it's only the paper that newspapers are printed on, without any of the actual print on it. The reason for this is because the print will rub off on your precious antique china during the move, likely staining it. You don't want to have to deal with that headache when you unpack all of your china and find it stained with newspaper ink, so be careful when you wrap and pack your antique china.
As for the pros and cons of packing your antique china in (unprinted) newsprint? Well, one of the pros is that newsprint is very easy to come by and also very inexpensive. If you're on a tight moving budget, it makes sense to obtain a sizeable amount of newsprint to take care of packing your china and your glassware, as well as any other items that you need to wrap before packing away. Also, if applied properly, with at least two or three layers wrapping each piece of china, newsprint can serve as an excellent way to protect your china and keep them from being damaged during the move.
The cons of using newsprint to pack antique china, aside from the aforementioned mistake that many people make when using actual newspaper instead of unprinted newspaper, is that newsprint won't protect your china quite as well as other packing materials like bubble wrap will. While it is suitable to use in lieu of other packing materials, if you have a choice between bubble wrap and newsprint, you should choose bubble wrap simply because of its ability to cushion the china and absorb any shock during the move.
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