Let me introduce you to my new best friend

Get rid of your junk without adding to the landfill

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My house is full of Stuff we no longer use or need. Poor Stuff. You are in good shape, but you sit neglected and resented throughout my house.

It’s not your fault I don’t like you anymore Stuff, but you get in my way and gather dust. I trip over you. You take up valuable space in my basement. You simply must go.

Thank goodness for freecycle.

Now I can get rid of all that Stuff and not feel guilty about it.

The idea is to give items you no longer need to others that can use them.  It reduces waste to the landfills and puts a smile on someone’s face as they get something new, FOR FREE.  Sometimes that smiling face will be you!

Of course, if you want to get a little cash for your goods, there’s always yard sales and Kijiji.  I’m a big fan of Kijiji, but sometimes I just want to get rid of things quickly and it’s always easy to GIVE things away.

5 things I really like about freecycle:

  1. When you post things that you want to give away, you get to choose who to give it to – you’ll probably get a lot of people responding to your offer.  You can base it on first come first serve, lottery, most compelling story…
  2. People post “wanted” ads.  I’ve gotten rid of a lot of stuff that I forgot that I had (like old cd’s – someone posted an ad looking for Chris de Burgh cd’s of all things and I actually had one!  Very happy to get rid of that).  We got rid of our perfectly working VCR.  A LOT of people looking for those unbelievably
  3. I can post “wanted” ads.  We got a brand new pair of boots and a baby gate for Zander
  4. I’m not throwing perfectly good stuff into the garbage
  5. I don’t have to meet the people – sometimes you just want to get rid of stuff without talking to anyone.  If this isn’t you, you also have the option to meet the people.

1 think I don’t like about freecycle:

  1. People post “offer” ads.  They make me think there are things out there that I don’t currently have, but could use…

Items I see very frequently (i.e., daily) on freecycle:

  • clothing – bags of baby, toddler, kids clothing.  Usually described by gender, size, condition
  • furniture – kids bedroom furniture comes up all the time. Dressers and chairs are also big.  I’ve seen a lot of dining/kitchen tables. Sometimes minor repairs are needed. Sometimes people are just downsizing and are happy to give away perfectly good stuff
  • hobby items
  • books
  • toys – there are a LOT of free toys out there.  If you’re buying toys, stop! Look at freecycle and save yourself some money!

So, what have you got to lose by joining?  Find a freecycle group near you.  If there isn’t one already, why not start one?