Freecycle.org and I had a sort of love/hate relationship. I first heard about the website for getting and giving away free stuff a couple of years ago. The concept is a lot like Craigslist, except everything is free. Sounded like a genius idea, but after signing up, I was barraged with a million e-mails a day (and that’s only a slight exaggeration). So we broke up for a while.
Fast forward to the beginning of summer. I was moving and needed to give things away—fast. These were things I didn’t want to throw out, but couldn’t exactly sell or take to the thrift store like my half-used bag of Costco cat food, for example. It was then that I remembered my old friend Freecycle. I listed my items and within minutes got responses from people who picked up my unwanted goods same-day.
If you haven’t used Freecycle, I think it’s time you give it a shot. I opted out of the e-mails altogether and go directly to the site when I need to see what can be given away or what’s available. With this arrangment, I think it might be the start of a beautiful relationship.
Find a Freecycle group close to you here.