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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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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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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.

Read more 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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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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The New Daily: The rise of the bartering economy, and how you can get swapping

Other apps to familiarise yourself with include, freecycle a non-profit movement of people who give (and receive) stuff for free in their own neighbourhoods. Also check out, and couchsurfing, all offering ways to travel without paying a cent.

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The Freecycle Network: This forum emphasizes keeping items out of landfills, so members give away unwanted items, rather than pitch them. Search to find a group near you.

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SFGATE: City Seeks To Curb Illegal Dumping As Uc Semester Ends

The city advises planning ahead. “Don’t wait until the last minute and then throw everything in the garbage or our streets,” it said in the advisory.

Items can also be taken directly to the city Transfer Station at 1201 Second St.

Recycle acceptable items and use sites such as Craigslist, Freecycle or Nextdoor to find takers for items that can legitimately be re-used.

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NerdWallet: How Being Neighborly Can Save You Money

The Freecycle Network: This forum emphasizes keeping items out of landfills, so members give away unwanted items, rather than pitch them. Search to find a group near you.

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Bustle:Eco-Friendly Furniture Isn’t Hard To Get, But These Are 5 Key Things To Keep In Mind

Hit up junk sales, backyard sales, secondhand furniture stores and fairs, and places like Freecycle to see what’s available in your area. Though, one piece of advice that holds for new and secondhand furniture alike: It’s not a good idea to agree to buy a piece of furniture before you’ve seen it. Always book a viewing to try it out before any money changes hands.

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