The New York Times: Three Things You Can Do: Swap, Share and Donate

Have you ever seen lightly used household items — things like lamps, books, toys, furniture and clothes — piled up on the curbside and wondered if somebody wouldn’t want that stuff?

The answer is probably yes, and it might be easier than you think to connect your unwanted things with new owners.

One way to do that is through apps and websites. Craigslist, Bunz, Listia and Freecycle allow you to swap or give away just about anything. People often use Meetup to get together and swap records, books and clothes.

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Moneysavingexpert: 15 MoneySaving tips to beat the summer heatwave

Fancy some free patio furniture? Give Freecycle a go. If you want to give your garden a makeover so you can make the most of the weather, don’t assume you have to spend the earth. Instead try giveaway sites like Freecycle for second-hand patio furniture, parasols, barbecues, paddling pools etc. The free Trash Nothing app can help you scour multiple recycling groups at once – see our Freecyle guide for full help.

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Savingadvice.com: 4 Steps to Furnishing Your New Place While Saving Big

2. Reselling Apps and Websites
Apps like LetGo and OfferUp allow shoppers to connect with local sellers who want to get rid of their excess stuff. You can find nearly any item imaginable, especially if you live in or near a big city, including furniture, housewares, and home décor items.

Similarly, Craigslist is still a popular option for people who want to sell items they no longer need, making it worth checking as well. Facebook also has thriving community marketplaces, usually hosted in groups focused on a location. If you need something and want a chance to get it for free, consider signing up at Freecycle as well as people are not allowed to charge for anything they offer up on the site.

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Scottish Daily Record: Waste uplift wait by Perth and Kinross Council slammed

“Collections through online exchange networks like Freecycle or Gumtree, as well as our bulky uplift service, all take time to arrange, and items are best stored in the home until collection day.”

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AbilityNet: Tech4Good Awards: Caroline Keppel-Palmer Finalist category: Digital Volunteer of the Year Award

Founder of Museum Freecycle, Caroline is committed to using technology to help the museums reduce their environmental impact. Museum Freecycle is an online network that enables unwanted equipment to be recycled sustainably and easily between museums. It is the first industry-wide Freecycle group in the world and is run voluntarily with no budget. Caroline is based in London and works full time running her e-commerce business, Museum Bookstore, an online store specialising in art books and exhibition catalogues.

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Baltimore Post-Examiner: Design on a Dime! 10 Ways to Save Money While Redecorating

Freecycle

Freecycle is a worldwide network of local groups giving away their old stuff for free. You can find anything from bar stools to mirrors, handy for redecorating. To sign up, head to Freecycle.org and enter your location. You can also head to Dealwiki for top deals on furniture and home accessories.

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ABC15 Arizona: FREEBIE ALERT: Ways for teachers to score free school supplies and other deals!

Instructors can join groups like The Freecycle Network, where you can get and give necessities within your neighborhood.

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MoneySavingExpert:15 MoneySaving tips to beat the summer heatwave

Fancy some free patio furniture? Give Freecycle a go. If you want to give your back garden a quick makeover so you can get the most out of the weather, don’t assume you have to spend the earth. Instead try giveaway sites like Freecycle for second-hand patio furniture, parasols, barbecues, paddling pools etc.

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DailyRepublic.com: Considering parting with your piano? It won’t be easy.

Karen Yoho of Greenbelt, Maryland, has had many pianos pass through her life. Communications director for the Salvation Army National Capital and Virginia Division, Yoho played piano as a child and acquired her first piano through Freecycle in 2008. She paid $100 to move it, hoping that she might take it up again and that her 6-year-old daughter Mary Alyce might show an interest. Neither happened, so in 2012, when Yoho saw a “piano wanted” posting on Freecycle, she gave it away. In 2015, her neighbor was offering a piano free to a good home, so Yoho and the neighbor split the $150 moving charge to roll it down the sidewalk. “I was hoping this piano would become a member of the family,” she says. But a year later, it was getting no love, so she gave it away.

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Earth911.com:Paving on a Budget

Reducing the size of your paving project can also facilitate reuse. It’s easier to source used pavers for a small project than a big one. Check your local construction salvage store for reclaimed pavers or use websites like Freecycle or PlanetReuse to find homeowners and contractors who are getting rid of their old bricks or broken up concrete. Not only will you close the recycling circle, you could get your materials for free.

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