I thought I had discovered the cleverest thing when a friend told me to “go find it on freecycle”, and I did. But, of course, the cleverest thing had already been discovered by everyone else, which was exactly why it worked so well.
For those that have no idea what I’m talking about, go to http://www.freecycle.org. It doesn’t take long to figure out. This is from the front page of their website:
The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,543 groups with 5,477,000 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!
The more I’ve used it, the more pleasing I’ve found it. Here’s why:
1. Freecycle provides the vicarious thrill of seeing what other people throw out and pick up.
2. Freecycle satisfies your acquisitional consumerist urge AND your urge to be a green eco-bunny at the same time.
3. Freecycle gives you the opportunity to feel generous and helpful and to make others feel happy and appreciative, for absolutely no cost to anyone.
4. You can get some really cool stuff.