With those three words, Deron Beal of Tucson, Ariz., helped move the yard sale online, only with no money changing hands.
Beal is the founder of The Freecycle Network, or Freecycle.org. It’s a grassroots gifting network that — thanks to the sour economy and a growing commitment to the environment — has transformed into a global movement of millions offering, wanting and taking all manner of stuff.
Staffed by volunteer moderators and loosely overseen by Beal, Freecycle aims to let you share your old TVs, clothes, broken blenders, tire chains and moving boxes with people nearby, using e-mail groups at Yahoo! and on the network’s website.