LANCASTER – Deron Beal isn’t just back in town for the Fairfield County Fair, but he’s looking forward to it.
The executive director of the Freecycle Network came to kick off the annual Ohio University Lancaster Friends of the Library speaker series Thursday in Wagner Theatre.
Freecycle is a free website where users can post things they would normally trash, or even look for free items. There’s no exchange of money, just items.
Freecycle.org is a website that allows members to give things away to neighbors for free. It’s like Craigslist, but only for free stuff.
The Freecycle group for Arlington has nearly 3,500 members and more than 550 items offered either for giveaway or as “wanted.”
Among the recent items: a replica of the Declaration of Independence, a broken necklace, a bunch of unwanted coffee filters and a rug that’s had black paint spilled on it.
But one particular, unique item on the site caught a reader’s eye: a life-sized poster of communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.
This nonprofit movement consists of more than 5,000 local groups — and some 9 million members — all around the world. It’s all about keeping good stuff out of landfills by allowing members to give away items they no longer need, as well as search for things they can use that someone else might want to jettison. And it’s all free, including membership. — Istock
Until you discover Freecycle. What a greatbrilliant initiative. I know some people have reason to want to realise some cash for their unwanted goods, but many of us just want to get rid of them and find the process less painful because they are going where they are really wanted.
Join the Freecycle Network and get (and give) free stuff.
The Freecycle Network is a nonprofit movement of people dedicated to keeping good items out of landfills. With several groups in metro Atlanta, you can find things such as TVs, toys, children’s clothing, furniture — even free packing boxes. The Freecycle Network is made up of 5,286 groups with 9,127,254 members around the world. Each local group is moderated by volunteers. Membership is free. https://www.freecycle.org/
You may also want to consider neighbourhood Freecycle groups. These are group in which people who want to get rid of items give them away for free. Of course there is a good possibility that furniture and home décor offered through Freecycle could use refurbishing but, if you enjoy a little DIY, you never know what kind of gems you can find.
In August 2014, we moved from the Washington, D.C., area to Somerville. After we unpacked, we gave away the surviving boxes on Freecycle.
Fast-forward to our next move, in December 2015. “Wanted: larger moving boxes” we posted on Freecycle. The next day, we were picking up half a dozen boxes from a nearby porch.
One of them had our handwriting on it: It was a box we’d used to move up here, reused at least twice in the interim. What goes around comes around.
I admit to owning close to 100 pairs of shoes and that I could go for a couple of months of not doing laundry before I’d run out of clean underwear. I live in an age of super abundance, and it is this super abundance that helps organization like The Freecycle Network thrive and keeps Goodwill stores stocked with merchandise. (If you’ve never heard of Freecycle, it is a free member-organization where people post items they have extra of or would like to donate and others post what they need to see if anyone can fulfill that need. The objective is to keep stuff out of landfills.)
A cheaper option may be Gumtree or Freecycle — a website where people give things away. Freecycle is inevitably random — new posts recently ranged from rose bushes and an upright piano to square crockery, 30 bags of plaster and costume jewellery. But while the rain pours down, I have time to wait.