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Palm Beach Post: ‘Buy Nothing’ groups thriving in South Florida – and not just because the goods are free

The internet is awash in digital communities dedicated to the unconditional giving away of unwanted items —Craigslist and the Freecycle Network tops among them. But these folks found and stuck with a different space, one with growing traction in neighborhoods around the country and beloved for its sense of community, its members’ generosity and responsiveness.

The Fast Company: Best sites for giving (and gving away) free stuff in your neighbourhood


A nonprofit organization, Freecycle has local groups all over the world where members can post items they want to give away or request items they need. Everything is free, with the goal of keeping usable items out of landfills.

It’s a feel-good site, in other words. And though items on offer can be hit or miss, if you live in a reasonably populated area, they’re often more hit than not.

US Times Post: Four savvy tips to spruce up your outdoor space by upcycling unwanted indoor furniture

Or check out sites like Nextdoor, Facebook Marketplace, Freecycle, and Gumtree to see what your neighbors are giving away for free that you can reuse.

Consumer Checkbook: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird of the Gift Economy

Freecycle Network in 2003 when he couldn’t find a place to recycle a perfectly good bed. The website started as a small group of friends and has grown to over 10 million members in 5,000 online communities across 110 countries. Volunteers moderate the groups, and Beal estimates members kept more than 807 million pounds of used items out of landfills in the last year alone.

Twisted Sifter: What Free Things Online Should Everyone Take Advantage Of? Here’s What People Said.

Free stuff!

It’s litterly people giving away stuff they dont need/want any more that they can’t/don’t care enough to sell.”

Mass News: 8 Advantages of Moving to a New Home During the Summertime

5. Availability of Freecycle

Summer is a popular time for yard and garage sales, and you can get rid of unwanted stuff you might not need at your new home. Alternatively, you can donate your housewares, books, clothes, and other items to local charity organizations.

Wall Street Journal: The Hidden Ecosystem of Free Vacation Stuff

The idea behind giveaway groups like Freecycle or Buy Nothing that started in neighborhoods has evolved to travel. It has created an ecosystem within these pay-it-forward movements where travelers pass on free stuff at the end of a trip by sharing the location of the loot on social media.

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“Free cycle” and “buy nothing” groups are gaining popularity online and through new apps as consumers find new ways to save money on everyday items amid rising inflation.

GoodMorningAmerica: Inside the ‘buying nothing’ movement

Free cycle and buy nothing groups are gaining popularity online and through new apps as consumers find new ways to save money on everyday items as inflation soars.

Wellington City Council: What to do with your surplus food – other than throw it away!

Facebook community pages, and pages like Freecycle are a quick and easy way to offer edible food to anyone who can use it.