Have you signed up for this yet?Â I love Freecycle and check in every day in hopes of finding something I could use that someone else in the city is getting rid of.Â The whole idea is to keep your items out of the landfills by giving them to someone else who could use them.Â And it’s all for free! You can post offers and wants and you’d be surprised at how many people respond to you and want your junk, er uh I mean stuff!Â I have cleaned out closets and freecycled our extra school backpacks, clothes too small for either of us, old board games,Â window “bug” screens, leftover paint, and furniture pieces we no longer need.Â
Of course getting things is always fun too!Â We’ve picked up large outdoor toys, craft and office supplies, bookshelves, a BBQ, and lots of little kid clothes that people have to offer.Â And currently, I’m hoping to be the lucky recipient of some unopened packages of diapers.Â Hello!Â Free diapers!Â Pick me pick me, because I live close and will come as soon as you call me!
So, you post anÂ OFFER on the Freecycle Yahoo group and includeÂ a description of your item andÂ your general area, cross streets, or zip code (this cuts down on no-shows who don’t want to travel the distance to pick up your item).Â Then you wait patiently while your email inbox fills up with emails from people requesting your item.Â I always ask in my postÂ that people respond with their name, phone #, day and approx time they can pick up.Â Then I weed through the emails, pick a person to receive my item, contact them and make arrangements for them to pick it up.Â I leave my items outside by the front door, give the people my address, and have them just come by and pick it up.Â That way, they don’t know come inside my house or anything like that.Â You also could arrange to meet people half way to deliver the item in a crowded area like aÂ store parking lotÂ just for saftey’s sake.Â So after the item is picked up, you post a TAKEN message to the Freecycle group so people know it’s no longer available.Â
So whether your “green” or not, Freecycle is just plain simple and easy and a great way to give and get new stuff within your community.Â Freecycle groups are nationwide, so you just have to select your city and sign up to be a member.Â It’s free! Free, free free free!Â It doesn’t get any better than that!
Check out the Freecycle website, enter your city, and sign upÂ to be a memberÂ today!