What is Freecycle anyhow???

So you've heard about Freecycle

, but what’s it really all about?

Have you ever had to take a trip to the dump to get rid of that kitchen table from college? Or are you just starting out and need a blender?

Freecycle is a meeting place for people looking for and getting rid of used items. I do have to add one disclaimer though: this is not a forum to ask someone to furnish your home.

Their mission is to keep useful items out of our landfills. "Changing the world one gift at a time"

Over the years, the non-profit organization has spread to over 85 countries, with thousands of local groups and millions of members.

We all have thrown away items that still have some life left. Remember the old saying? “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

This is an awesome community where

I have given and received so many used items that have life left for someone to enjoy. I’ve given items such as furniture, dishes and clothes. I have also personally received similar items.

You will find out that so many people have stuff that they just want to get rid of it.

When you sign up, they will give you a few options on how you are notified of listings. The three main options are to receive individual emails, receive one daily digest of the listings or receive no notification. No notifications means that you will have to manually sign into your account to view listings.

If you see something you’d be interested in getting, all you have to do is contact the member (usually by email) and politely tell them that you’re interested. When I make an offer, I personally weed out anyone who does not say ‘please’ or ‘thank you’. That may just be a product of my upbringing, but if 20 people are interested in my item, that is my way of cutting it in half. The person who gives me the soonest time for pick up is usually the first person I respond to.

You will also find that you could benefit from getting rid of a few things around your house that you no longer want or need.

So remember to be courteous and keep Freecycle a warm and friendly environment to recycle and reuse.

Most large (even some small) have their own moderated group. You can visit their website for more info and to find your local group.

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