Alina Clark is about as tired of her pandemic wardrobe as her comfort clothes are stretched and torn.
“I have four sets of jeans, seven shirts and five sweaters that I wear every week,” said Clark, co-founder of a software development company in Los Angeles. “They’re everything I’ve worn in the last two years. Me and my wardrobe are suffering from COVID fatigue.”
These two have been around for decades, and both have a feast-or-famine reputation: You’re either lucky enough to live where there’s a great group offering great things, or you live in a place where people try to unload some pretty awful stuff. (Fun fact: A guy in Fairbanks, Alaska, advertised free dog poop — “You shovel, you haul.”)
Old photographs of immigrant ancestors or a city scene might interest historical or genealogical societies. Interesting or vintage photos could also find a new home through Freecycle. If the photos have the right appeal, a stock photo company, like Adobe Stock, might even pay for them.
When possible, reuse is even better than recycling. If the toys are still in good condition, passing them along to a younger child or offering them on Freecycle are good options. If they’re like-new or collectibles, selling them on Craig’s List or eBay is an option. Even items that aren’t in the best shape may attract a buyer; I saw a “Drowsy Doll” like I used to have on eBay — it sure brought back memories!
Those not tempted by a cracked bowling ball might consider the myriad other items offered for free on websites including Craigslist, Facebook and Freecycle. Recent offerings include bathing dust for chinchillas, 23 empty beer bottles, a barrel of used soybean oil, five single-serving packets of Arby’s sauce and a Mongolian-language version of the Book of Mormon.
Freecycle is an online recycling and reuse network that focuses on keeping useable home items out of landfills. By joining a local chapter in your area, you can list your stuff online for others in your community to take. All items listed on Freecycle are free with no strings attached. The network strives to reducewaste and saves precious resources.
If you must get rid of pots and pans, the primary choice to contemplate is reuse. Websites like Craigslist and Freecycle are good choices for locating your cookware a brand new house, as are secondhand shops like Goodwill and Salvation Military. A couple of scratches or dings could matter to you, however that doesn’t make your pots and pans unusable.
Freecycle is the official website for The Freecycle Network, a nonprofit organization with the mission of keeping potentially useful items out of landfills. The Freecycle Network is spread across more than 110 countries and has millions of members.
The site has helped keep thousands of tons out of landfills by offering free goods to people who can put them to good use. To use the website, you need to sign up to become a free member and join your local Freecycle groups.
Now, you can browse the free items others are offering. You can also see the items people are looking to receive, and respond to the individual posts to arrange a pickup. Everything listed on the site is legal, free, and appropriate for all ages.