Earth Friendly and Generous

In the process of moving one tends to run across items that one owns that s/he cannot remember owning. Or that s/he regrets ever buying. Or his/her tastes have changed and there is no longer room in the new house and new décor for these items. There may be people out there searching for that specific item that one no longer desires.

To put it plainly: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Your crap unwanted items may be just what someone else has been looking for. There’s a great way for you to offload your crap unwanted items without filling up the already bursting landfills. AND you can help out possibly needy families, or hoarders, but we won’t go there.


Cue strobing search lights, angels-we-have-heard-on-high music, and typical announcer voice:

You, yes you! can help your fellow man by using Freecycle!
Get rid of your unwanted items.
Give them to someone who needs them more!
Save the planet by reducing the amount of landfill waste!
Log onto your nearest computer and access your Yahoo account immediately!
Get to the Yahoo Groups page and do a search for “freecycle (your city’s name here)”!
Sign up to become a member!
Give until you’re all given out!
Feel good knowing that you are less cluttered and your fellow man has received something for free!
Yes, you too can become a superhero! In your jammies in front of that computer!

So, what are you waiting for? Go sign up! And remember, please be safe. Always remember that there are weirdos in every city (more-so in the Midwest, but that’s for another post).

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8 thoughts on “Earth Friendly and Generous

  1. I’ve heard of this, too, but haven’t sought them out. We have both a Goodwill and a Salvation Army nearby, so they get the bulk of my “too good to throw out” items.

  2. I have to be honest, I signed up for this in my area to find some treasure…but sadly it seems you have to wade through 1000 emails a day to figure out what is treasure or not and then quickly reply for said item. Even though the rules posted in our group said not to necessarily give your item to the first responder, etc.

    Or if you sign up for one digest of all the emails from the day you miss out on what was given away. Boo.

  3. Melisa: I have also been shut out of most of the deals I’ve seen and wanted. I’ve actually only gotten two. And one was a microscope I sent out a request for. The town we used to live in was quite smaller and there was a better chance at scoring. This city is huge and there are hundreds of posts a day. I’m not going to sit at my computer just to try to be the first one to respond. AND I don’t want any more clutter.
    HOWEVER, it’s a GREAT way to get rid of stuff. You know there are hundreds of people out there just waiting to pounce on your stuff. And they’ll come to you, so no driving to get rid of it. And I make sure my hubby’s home.

  4. Yard sales are more work and you take money from people. You’re still keeping things out of the landfills though! If I have time and energy I do a yardsale. Like months before we moved I had a yardsale and sold all my baby stuff. One lady bought 90% of the stuff! However, now, I have no energy to plan, advertise, and hold a sale. So I’m just giving it away instead of stuffing it in the big green can.

  5. Short story: I am broke! and everyone around here knows it, almost weekly there is a brown bag of used clothes for my 4th kid left on my front porch, I never know who they come from and everytime I see that bag I could just cry and laugh and pee all at the same time. Becasue it makes me so happy that people have thought of me when disposing of their junk. I LOVE IT!

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