OAKLAND — When Katherine Bettis needs something, say a length of electrical tape, some blankets, pantyhose or even a long black wig, she goes shopping on www.freecycle.org.
When she has something to give away, such as a dog bed, a giant cabbage or a batch of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, she posts her goods on the same site.
Bettis, a self-proclaimed Oakland tightwad who writes the blog http://savemoneyyoucheapskate.blogspot.com, is not alone.
The Freecycle Network is made up of 4,775 groups with more than 7 million members across the globe. It’s a grass-roots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving away and receiving free stuff in their own cities, towns and neighborhoods.