Ofra Sharon-Afir has discovered all sorts of people willing to take her junk. Through PhillyFreecycle, a group of people who take unwanted goods off each others’ hands, she found homes for her oven, 180 dishes, more than 1,000 books, 200 records and rugs that her dogs had peed on.
Thanks to the Internet-based group, the Olney woman cleared out about 80 percent of her house. It was a relief for Sharon-Afir, who proudly shows off her near-empty kitchen cabinets. “I collected a lot of things: books, videos, cassettes, CDs, knitting items,” says the middle-aged, retired folk singer and semi-retired doula. “I fluctuate between a collector and a minimalist, so it’s perfect for me.”