Ann, we don’t have independent liquor stores in my area any more. And, since my cousin doesn’t drink, she wouldn’t have even wanted a box that liquor had been in! She had also moved several times and never had a problem with all of her books being in the banana boxes. It is just what worked for her.
As for me, I used to hoard the boxes I received Longaberger basket shipments (when I sold them) because they were quite sturdy.