Ingram recommends trying a Freecycle Listserv. “Freecylers don’t like to throw things out,” she explained. “And after I moved, I gave away my moving boxes and all of my bubble wrap and packing peanuts to people via Freecycle because I didn’t want to throw it out and figured someone else could use it.”
8) Join the Bellevue Freecycle group to receive and donate specific items that would otherwise be thrown away.
Share. If you have more books than you and your space can manage, consider giving some away. Check with local libraries, the Salvation Army and Goodwill about possibly donating books to them. Other options: Recycle your books at freecycle (www.freecycle.org) or leave them for others to enjoy. One website, www.bookcrossing.com, encourages bookworms to leave a book in a public place, with a label, then track its travels via the site.
• Everything else: Whatever you need to get rid of, Freecycle (www.freecycle.org) will take it off your hands and donate it to people who want or need it.
www.freecycle.com . It’s free to join and pretty straightforward to use. You list everything you want to get rid of and people come and take it. Just put it on the corner so they can’t be sure which is your house – because of the creepy unknown factor (yes, I am paranoid – we’ll get to that later).
“It’s the ultimate recycling site where people offer things that work or are broken so someone who needs it may get it,” Liz said. “It’s kind of a green movement.”
When she saw the 1976 Ford pickup offered for free in Kalispell, she immediately wrote a message describing her son’s service to his country and his need for a truck to move back to Montana. It was one of an avalanche of responses received by Earl and Jenny Rempel and their five children.
That homily, long a mainstay in the Pennywise universe, popped into mind recently when I discovered Freecycle. Over the course of a few weeks this summer, I obtained a paper shredder, a 28-inch Sanyo television, a VCR/DVD player with its original remote and manual, a like-new Indian cookbook, and a beautiful mahogany bookcase. All of them were free. All I had to do was pick them up.
A fresh start for one family
The first time Laura Connelly used Freecycle, she responded to a post from a young mother who had left her abusive husband in a hurry, with her two children in tow.
“She needed everything — especially business clothes, as she had a good job and didn’t want to lose it. I had just cleaned out all of our closets and had many business and casual clothes that were her size. I even had shoes and purses that matched what she needed,” she says.
Having recently upgraded her daughter and son to larger beds, Connelly loaded up a toddler set and a twin set for the woman’s little girl and boy, an extra dresser and toys.
“We crammed all of this to capacity into our Dodge Caravan and met her at her parents’ house in the East End. It was amazing. We had exactly what she needed and more.”
I’ve told you before how much I enjoy participating in Freecycle, an effort that allows everyday folks to give and receive all kinds of stuff for free so that it doesn’t wind up in landfills or cluttering our basements.
Started in Tuscon, Ariz., back in 2003, The Freecycle Network today boasts more than 4,800 groups and upwards of 7 million participants across the globe. If you’re interested in joining the movement, there’s probably a group near you.
I first joined the main Houston group and my neighborhood’s group back in 2004 in search of free plants for my yard. Within a week, I was uprooting some lady’s overgrown ginger and picking up a Papasan cushion for a friend. Needless to say, I was hooked. Who doesn’t like free stuff?
(AXcess News) Washington – The bed was in great condition – bouncy springs, no stains, no rips.
When Deron Beal tried to donate it to his local Goodwill, the nonprofit wouldn’t accept it, per the organization’s no-bed policy.
Instead of hauling the bed to the dump, Beal created a Yahoo message group on May 1, 2003, and offered it to about 40 friends and nonprofits in his town of Tucson, Ariz. It took a few weeks, but he found a taker.
The Freecycle Network was born.
The Freecycle concept is simple: folks give away items they no longer need to avoid having perfectly good things end up in landfills.