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Twin Falls Time-News: Building community for free

While digging up a flower bed to build a playhouse for her son, Laura Jacobson of Buhl thought of FreeCycle to save the plants from being tossed in the trash.

“I didn’t want all the flowers to just be discarded so I posted it to FreeCycle and had five people come and dig up flowers,” Jacobson said in an email.

FreeCycle is a national organization of online message boards where members of communities can connect to get the things they need for free. A Twin Falls-based branch serves the greater Magic Valley, from Rupert to Hagerman, and its members are as happy to give as they are to receive.

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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.”

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8) Join the Bellevue Freecycle group to receive and donate specific items that would otherwise be thrown away.

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Seattle Times: Ideas on displaying your books

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 ( or leave them for others to enjoy. One website,, encourages bookworms to leave a book in a public place, with a label, then track its travels via the site.

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Bellingham Herald: Cut clutter for spring

• Everything else: Whatever you need to get rid of, Freecycle ( will take it off your hands and donate it to people who want or need it.

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Washington Times: Get this junk out of my house . 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).

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Daily Inter lake: Family thanks veteran with truck donation

“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.

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Chronicle of Higher Education: What Do You Do to Save Money?

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.

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Washington Times: Ask, and you shall receive

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.”

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Washington Times: Giving and receiving a lot more than we expected

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?

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