January 24, 2008

Freecycle

Have you heard of Freecycle? Here's how Freecycle describes itself:

""The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,231 groups with 4,403,000 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them's good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on “Browse Groups” above the search box. Have fun!"

Freecycle involves signing up to a Yahoo Group, and receiving emails with lists of items people are searching for -- you add your wish list to the emails, too, of course.

When you see something on the list that you have and don't want, then you give it away. See something on the list that you want? Connect with the owner and get it for free ....

PCMag gives it a glowing review, although over at Yahoo's Frugal Living group, there have been some comments about posts seeking HDTVs and diamond rings. (I'm assuming that those posters are under the 'don't ask, don't get' banner.)

Personally, I haven't joined yet -- but it's on my to-do list. Sounds like a good way to recycle things, as well as meeting other folk who are interested in simplifying ....

1 comment:

Debbie said...

I've been a member of Freecycle a while now and have had a mixed experience with it. It's a great idea, and when it works it's fantastic. But I've had a lot of problems with no-shows -- people who say they want what I have to offer then never show up to get it. (I had one mirror I offered to three different people (one at a time, of course) and not a one of them ever came to get it!) Because of this frustration I've decided not to use it for anything I can easily carry to Goodwill (or other charities) and leave the freecycling for items that are too big for me to transport myself (I've got a dresser I'm going to empty out any day now). I hope your experiences are better than mine; it's a great idea I'd love to support.