If you are not familiar with Freecycle, I am excited to be the one to let you in on this fabulous group.
It is a worldwide network with over 9 million members, where people give away stuff and also get stuff … all in their own neighborhood!
It costs nothing to participate, and the rewards are great.
Their mission statement sums it up, well:
“Our mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.”
Simply, this is how it works:
First, you join your local Freecycle group. (links will follow)
(After joining, I suggest you follow the threads for a few days to get a feel for the activity in the group.)
Then …. jump in! Let the group know if you have something to give away, and members will contact you if they would like to ‘receive’ your item. OR If you see something that you would like, just contact that member and let them know that you would like to have it. It’s people just shifting around their stuff. Genius in its simplicity.
I have participated in Freecycle for years. I have given away lamps, a ping pong table, outdoor furniture and more. Things that I no longer needed, but were gladly received by others. I’ve been on the receiving end a few times, as well, and the experience has been delightful. Everyone wins!
Learn more about Freecycle at Freecycle.org.
Find a group in your area and make others happy as you simplify your life and whittle down your ‘stuff’ 🙂