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freecycle.org

rivers_bend had a pimp post in her journal for freecycle.org, and I thought I would jump on the bandwagon myself.

The idea behind this grassroots effort is explained on their website:
     When you want to find a new home for something -- whether it's a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door -- you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of the local Freecycle group.
     Or, maybe you're looking to acquire something yourself. Simply respond to a member's offer, and you just might get it. After that, it's up to the giver to decide who receives the gift and to set up a pickup time for passing on the treasure.
     Our main rule: Everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.


I can tell you myself what a great thing this is! Last year I had 6 weeks to clean out my parents' home, which was a 3-story, half-city-block-long, full-basement Victorian they'd lived in for 35 years. Yoikes! I took what I wanted and freecycle'd the hell out of the rest. I met some very lovely people who were interested in redecorating their own homes (by far the majority of the situations) and/or doing all kinds of wonderful things for the community.
-- There was one man who was helping a woman friend of his set up a new home after she'd left a long-term abusive marriage.
-- Numerous parents who wanted to give their children reading material, not just TV mush, took away hundreds of books.
-- One woman came and took a huge array of silk flowers and candles for her small, underfunded church's Sunday decorations
-- A couple came and took away furniture, kitchen items, and other household odds and ends to set up an apartment for college students that would be moving into their town.
-- A number of people made repeated trips for clothing, linens, and a wide variety of other things that were given out to poor and homeless people at shelters around the community.

Freecycle is win-win, folks: You get to clean out your junk; others get shiny "new" treasures. And sometimes, people in need get helped in the process.

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emeraldreeve
May. 2nd, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
In my town, we have Yahoo groups-several freecycle groups, and at least one garage sale group. I agree 100% with your thoughts. It is a win-win situation. My family has been helped and has helped.
mellifluous_ink
Oct. 30th, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
Joined on your recommendation. Thanks for posting about this, I really needed it! ^_^
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