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Killeen Daily Herald: Winter a great time to purge unneeded items at home


Selling furniture that is not antique, a brand name or in great condition is not that easy, according to Sally Reinholdt, a professional organizer with Commonwealth Organizing Solutions in Alexandria, Va. You can generally find someone to come and take away something in decent shape for free on Craigslist or Freecycle or your neighborhood e-mail list. Today, an army of chalk painters are looking for beat-up tables and chests to rehab. But Reinholdt said clients often have an inflated view of what their used furniture is worth.

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Online Athens: Tips to start living a greener lifestyle

Downsize by donating things you no longer use. If you want to give away things you no longer need, donate to a local nonprofit or check out a local web-based Freecycle Network. This is a grassroots, nonprofit movement of people who are giving away things they no longer need or want and getting new stuff for free from other people in their community. Local groups are moderated by a volunteer and membership is free.

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White Rock Lake Weekly: WHITE ROCK VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE Network pays it forward, helps environment Read more: White Rock Lake Weekly – WHITE ROCK VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE Network pays it forward helps environment

Photo courtesy of The Freecycle Network Deron Beal founded the Freecycle Network in 2003.
Offer: purple bike 19 in wheels (75223); Taken: purple bike 19 in wheels (75223); Offer: Bale of hay (75228); Wanted: gallon glass jar (75218); Nov. 4, 2013, digest #2975. So goes the pattern of recycling, Freecycle Network style.

When you donate an item to one of the many charitable organizations, which pick up from your home or have donation bins placed around town, it’s a kind, altruistic gesture. Though most of the philanthropic organizations are undoubtedly trustworthy, you never really know if the item’s going to someone who needs or wants it, or if it’s going anywhere other than the trash bin. As it turns out, about 70 percent of donations to some of the organizations are thrown away.

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Santa Fe College: Freecycle Donation Day April 22

Celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday, April 22 in the Oak Grove by participating in Freecycle. This is a community effort designed to keep useful items out of the trash by giving said items away to be put to good use. Freecycle @ SF welcomes the donation of small personal items in good condition including clothing, shoes, accessories, housewares, linens, craft supplies and home décor items. Items remaining at the end of the day will be donated to The Repurpose Project located in downtown Gainesville or Saints Shareware located in HA-130.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Civic Engagement & Service and open to the public.

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Las Cruces Sun-News: Keeping glass out of the landfill

Freecycle Network is a nonprofit organization started in 2003 in Arizona. Since then, Freecycling has spread to cities all over the U.S., and to 85 countries around the world.

Millions of members have joined since its inception almost 10 years ago, and together they keep 500 tons of perfectly good items out of the landfill every day, according to

Freecycle Network is considered a worldwide “gifting” movement that benefits communities while saving valuable resources. It is not a trading community and no money is ever accepted. The goal is for members to “give” the items they don’t want, without any strings attached or compensation. In Las Cruces, Carrie Hamblen, executive director of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, has been an active member for more than two years, and avidly encourages Las Cruces residents to join.

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Alpine Avalanche: Event to promote “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” approach

November 15 is America Recycles Day, and across the nation, thousands of local events will be held to promote and celebrate recycling in the U.S. Recycling has become a multi-billion dollar industry in this country, and no matter what your politics, recycling helps create green jobs, reduces litter and what goes in landfills, and protects our natural resources.

This year in Alpine, we will be promoting “FreeCycling” as a fun and easy way to recycle things you no longer need. The mission of FreeCycle is to keep usable items out of the landfill. It is estimated that FreeCycle groups are helping to keep 500 tons a day from reaching landfills around the world.

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The Augusta Chronicle: It is a Great Day To Be a Dog

Amanda told me that you can check Freecycle or a thrift store to find an inexpensive crib mattress which you can then wash down with some diluted bleach. She took some comfy fleece material and cut two pieces that extended 6 inches past the edge of the mattress. Then, cut four inch long strips that are about two inches wide. Place one piece of fabric on top of the mattress, and one on the bottom, lining up your strips. Now, tie these strips (a top one to a bottom one) together, all the way around. And there you have it!!

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The Augusta Chronicle: Coupon Lady: Organizing your stockpile

Paper products can be bulky. I use a coat closet to store anything that doesn’t fit in a bathroom or kitchen area, but any free space in a closet will do. My kitchen is a challenge because it is a bit smaller. To overcome space issues, I discovered a pantry cabinet on Freecycle. Our canned goods go in it. I also use over-the-door shoe organizers to hold small bags and boxes such as rice, puddings, granola bars and bottles of cleaners. I have one in the pantry and one on the laundry room door.

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WXIA-TV: Save Money Going Green

To go green and get freebies, join You can post items you want to give away in a Yahoo forum and list the items you are searching for. Freecycle has everything from kids items to appliances and household goods.

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Memphis Commercial Appeal: More Memphians try bartering, borrowing and passing it along as ways to get things done

For those looking to establish their own tool bank, or just looking for that special something, the online registry is a forum for people to “offer” items or post needed items in an effort to reduce landfill waste.

“If you buy a new fridge and you have an extra one that still works, you can list it, and someone who needs one can see it, and it allows you to e-mail back and forth and coordinate getting it to the right person,” said Bill Dickerson, Freecycle Memphis’ administrator. “The idea is that people are not wasting so many things. We live in such a disposable society. We use little while we throw away so much. If something breaks, we don’t fix it. We just throw it away.”

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