The newest trend in stuff: Freecycling

FreecycleWhat bugs me about the unwanted stuff I have around the house is that someone, somewhere would love to have it. But who? Where? How?

I heard about The Freecycle Network on the radio, on the Clark Howard Show. Freecycle is a grassroots, entirely nonprofit movement that seeks to match the right people with the right stuff. And here’s how it works:

When you want to find a new home for something — whether it’s a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door — you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of the local Freecycle group.

Or, maybe you’re looking to acquire something yourself. Simply respond to a member’s offer, and you just might get it. After that, it’s up to the giver to decide who receives the gift and to set up a pickup time for passing on the treasure.

Our main rule: Everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.

You’ll find separate groups (open to all) in many areas of SoCal and across the planet. You might find remodeling stuff like old windows or doors, maybe sinks or cabinets. Here are recent postings from the Brentwood-area group:

Offer: Beautiful piece of Asian furniture

Beautiful black low chest of drawers. Very Asian black lacquer feel from the ’60s. Very long, 5 to 6 feet. Needs a large room. House is being sold and has to go before Friday. In Brentwood.

And another:

Wanted: Compass

I wonder if anybody has spare decent compass with degree markings? I need it for adjusting satellite dish.

Obviously, for the sake of ecology, you don’t want to drive across the state to pick up some free stuff. So it’s good to hook up with a local group. Find a Freecycle group near you.

Anyone tried this with any success?

3 Comments on The newest trend in stuff: Freecycling

  1. steph

    Gotten rid of a fair amount of stuff thru Freecycle. Works a bit better for smaller stuff or stuff that you don’t want to just leave out front w/ a “free” sign.
    We did get a small table base that we wanted to use to make an outdoor end table/bench.

  2. Kathy Price-Robinson

    Thanks, Evil Landlord! I forgot about the Habitat store. In my area, it’s called the ReStore. I will try there tomorrow to find a bathroom sink. I just can’t bring myself to buy a new sink at a big box store. It seems so wasteful. I don’t want anything special. Just a porcelain sink. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thanks again.

  3. Evil Landlord

    Freecycle is great for finding “stuff” and getting rid of “stuff”. The very best place for remodeling items for waaaaay inexpensive is the Habitat for Humanity store.