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USPIRG.org: Guide to non-traditional gifts: Buy pre-loved clothing, tools, home goods

A variety of online groups such as Buy Nothing or Freecycle make it easy for you to get items for free from your neighbors who no longer need them. These groups are gaining popularity, with Freecycle giving away more than 24,000 items each day across more than 100 countries. 

https://uspirg.org/blogs/blog/usf/guide-non-traditional-gifts-buy-pre-loved-clothing-tools-home-goods

Random Length News.com: My Recycled Life: Freecycle in Your Neighborhood

When I moved into my mother’s house, supplies for multiple cats were cramming available space and I only needed enough for two cats. I used freecycle.org to find people who wanted the extra beds, scratching posts, litter pans, toys, and carriers. I was already a long-time user of the site. I continue to use it for oddball items that occupy a twilight zone between too usable to trash, but too junky or bulky or simply not in demand for resale outlets.

https://www.randomlengthsnews.com/archives/2021/10/29/freecycle-neighborhood/36495?v=79cba1185463

The Guardian: ‘We don’t need to buy more stuff’: the people who kit out their homes for free

Many people turning to skips or sites such as Freecycle in a bid to save money and help the planet

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/oct/23/buy-more-stuff-skips-freecycle-save-money

The Greenfield Recorder: No ‘Clean Sweep’ Bulky Waste Recycling Day planned this fall

Donovan encourages residents to call ahead to make sure a store can accept your equipment on the day you plan to visit. Reusable items may also be offered for free on an online sharing group, such as freecycle.org or a Facebook group.

Used building materials (in good condition) can be donated for reuse at the following locations. Donovan advises to call prior to delivery to confirm that your materials will be accepted, or to arrange for free pickup. Deconstruction services may be offered, and items might be tax-deductible.

https://www.recorder.com/No–Clean-Sweep–Bulky-Waste-Recycling-Day-planned-this-fall-43076895

Toysmatrix: Caravan conversion: Couple turn old DHL van into dream home now worth £15k | Travel News | Travel

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The bed was made out of an old ping pong table and a free mattress from Freecycle.

It took six months for the couple to turn the van into a home.

An amazing feat considering neither had much building experience.

https://toysmatrix.com/caravan-conversion-couple-turn-old-dhl-van-into-dream-home-now-worth-15k-travel-news-travel/

Mirror.co.uk: Woman shares easy hacks for £3.70 food shop, free bike and 50p clothes

She says anyone in search of furniture, books and toys should also sign up to Freecycle.

This is an app where local people can list and request items they need or no longer want.

“My best collection to date has been a bike. Initially I collected it for our grandson, but it’s a road bike, not cool I’m guessing, so I got to keep it. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/woman-shares-easy-hacks-370-25035767

Solihull Observer: How to save the planet – and pennies – with secondhand furniture

A more sophisticated site, the grassroots and non-profit set up Freecycle (freecycle.org) allows searches based on location – reducing carbon footprints even further by not needing to travel so far. Membership is free and the site is carefully monitored.

https://solihullobserver.co.uk/lifestyle/how-to-save-the-planet-and-pennies-with-secondhand-furniture-32699/

Central Recorder: Thrifty nan reveals how she saves hundreds on her grandkids

A THRIFTY nan has revealed how she saves hundreds when it comes to shopping for her grandkids, and how you can do the same.

Karen Kinton (59) has made bargain shopping her full-time occupation. Credit: latestdeals.co.uk 4 Karen never pays full price for food shop credit to latestdeals.co.uk 4 Karen picked up this bike for free on Freecycle

https://centralrecorder.com/thrifty-nan-reveals-how-she-saves-hundreds-on-her-grandkids/

Motley Fool UK: 10 best websites for free stuff

2. Freecycle

As the name suggests, everything on Freecycle is free. You just have to pick it up. You may be lucky and get something that would be expensive to buy, like a lawnmower, in perfect working order. Once you have joined Freecycle, you can also post ‘Wanted’ requests.

The Guardian: Lockdown spirit lives on as neighbour groups become swap shops

It’s a picture mirrored across the country: community connections made in the peak of the pandemic helping to create unofficial swap shops. This sharing culture has exploded since the onset of coronavirus, according to a pre-WhatsApp website dedicated to giving away items for free. Postings on the Freecycle Network, a non-profit platform started in 2003, increased by 50% in June 2020 , its executive director Deron Beal has revealed.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/aug/25/lockdown-spirit-lives-on-as-neighbour-groups-become-swap-shops