Since my husband bought me a desk, I have been getting rid of stuff from our guest bedroom to make myself a somewhat organized office. I have been trying to Craigslist some furniture and used Freecycle to get rid of some empty boxes and tupperware-like storage containers.
Freecycle is a group started to rehouse used items for free and local groups pop up all over the place for it. I am personally the member of 2 Freecycle groups that are only for my exact area of Houston.
I have used Freecycle more than 10 times in the past 2 years. At least 9 of those were me getting rid of stuff and once was me finding doggy stairs for my Pug.
Freecycle – A Great Way To Get Rid of Stuff
I have freecycled a bunch of things. It is pretty easy to type up a simple description and post a listing. Then I just emailed the first person back who emailed me to schedule the pick up. It usually takes less than 24 hours to have stuff picked up.
So far, I have freecycled:
- A young palm tree
- A bent queen-sized bed frame
- A broken tv hutch
- Multiple loads of empty boxes
- Extra dirt
- A whole load of off-brand tupperware
- Dog food that was too fattening for my senior, Miss Doxie, and gave Mr. Pug an allergic reaction because, as we found out later, he is allergic to meat.
- An old runner for a hallway
In all of those cases, I posted simple and honest descriptions of all of my items. Even though I made sure to highlight all of the negatives, all of the items were picked up in less than 2 days!
Woot for turning trash into treasure! I love being able to get rid of something while simultaneously making someone else happy. It is just too cool!
I’ve asked people why they wanted my broken whatever before and have been told that they either are going to fix it and use it or break it down to use its parts. Sounds great to me!
If you are interested in finding a freecycle group in your area, I’d suggest Yahoo Meetups first since that worked well for me. Good luck!
Have you ever joined a Freecycle group? What do you think of them or the idea?
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