THE FREE STUFF
The Freecycle Network is a global phenomena and, founded in Tucson Arizona in 2003, one of the earliest platforms to encourage gifting. It is based on environmental principles, and Freecycle claims that its recycling initiatives ensures that over 500 tonnes a day of waste are kept out of landfill. There are over 9 million Freecyclers globally. There is one Freecycle group in Canberra with nearly 3,000 member.
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
David adds: ‘Finally, for those feeling virtuous and altruistic following their spring cleaning, sites such as Freecycle are an innovitative way to find unwanted items a home. The Freecycle network has 7 million members across over 85 countries and everything posted must be given away. The site estimates that it is keeping 500 tons a day out of landfills.’
Says David: ‘One common thing to many of these sites is that they lack flexible mailing options, or are set up so that the buyer collects. Often this is not convenient. Courier services such as ParcelHero can pick up items from a seller and deliver directly to the buyer, eliminating much of the hassle.
‘In addition, many sellers are nervous about selling beyond their own country. Offering flexible international mailing boosts the chances of a successful sale enormously.’
Essential advice on shipping eBay items, and for other market place sites, is available on the ParcelHero website.
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5. Free Your Former Favorites
The Freecycle + Trash Nothing (Android, iOS, Web) app ties together popular online freecycling groups in your community to help you get rid of stuff that’s no longer of use to you but that might otherwise have value to someone else (and vice versa). You can offer up your own possessions or request items that you need, adding descriptions, location information, and photos to round things out. The main rule is that stuff has to be no-strings-attached free.
Want something for nothing? Go online, because Freecycle’s got company.
Free beauty products, children’s items, restaurant meals, furniture, electronics or even cellphone service – all you have to do is look.
But, given that Freecycle is a volunteer organization, it’s a little hard to complain. Besides, when it works it’s fabulous. A relative has picked up furniture, children’s clothing and other goodies. When I lived in Seattle, I received canning jars and tree fruit.
I also used Freecycle to give away framed prints, a two-CD set of “The Nutcracker,” a paraffin hand spa and an unopened pair of anti-embolism stockings, which saved car-free me from having to lug all this stuff to the thrift store by bus.
Check it out if you want to: Find items you need for free (or get rid of stuff you don’t need).
Freecycle is a network of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. If you’re cleaning house and feel bad about throwing a ton of stuff out, list it on Freecycle. If you’re looking for random bits and bobs, check out what your community has listed. Membership is free, so you have nothing to lose. And anything is fair game, as long as it’s legal and appropriate for all ages. Find if there’s a group near you.
A mobile home, pianos, furniture and TVs are just some of the treasures available for free on sites like Craigslist, yerdle.com, freelywheely.com, ReUseitnetwork.org and The Freecycle Network. These sites — sometimes nicknamed “FreeBay” — are a boon to those needing to declutter, struggling financially or seeking the unusual. Like Forrest Gump’s proverbial box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.
How Freecycling Works
Membership is free, and guidelines are fairly simple. For The Freecycle Network, it’s as simple as posting what you want or are giving away. In general, luck favors those responding to offers of free items rather than those seeking a particular item. I recently sought bookcases on two local freecycle Yahoo (YHOO) groups — but nary a nibble. However, I posted to get rid of some items when I moved last summer, and people picked up the items promptly and gratefully. Let’s look at some sites: