Freeycycle is the modern day dumpster diving, without having to touch a dumpster or trash can. From the freecycle site: It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and 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 local volunteers (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!
I had my first free items from freecycle.org a couple of weeks ago. Three empty 5-gallon paint buckets from Home Depot. I really needed just one, but the others will come in handy too, as I need to get rid of most of the paint I’ve been hoarding for years.
A few days ago, I got 3 lamps from freecycle. One of them being a really cool, ultra-modern lamp, but needing repair to the on/off switch. I haven’t repaired the lamp yet, but I can use the electrical from one of the other lamps that was missing a shade. This lamp was not cheap and is probably the nicest lamp I own now. The other small lamp, also missing a shade, will be my new energy efficient light in the nook on my staircase. I ran electrical to that a couple of months ago since there was electrical in the closet underneath the stairs.
I’ve also gotten rid of things that I don’t need anymore. Clutter is not my friend, so this made it easy. I had some fence boards that I had no place to store. Someone on freecycle was getting as many fence pieces as possible so he could build a new fence. Smart dude, as he probably saved $5k and kept a lot of wood out of the landfill. Continue reading