Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Do you ever....Freecycle?

Some folks know about Freecycle and some don't.  I stumbled across this group a few years ago.  Many areas have a Freecycle groups.  Most folks that I have visited with about this often think of it as a way to give or get items for free.  Well, there is truth to this, but it is a little different from the Mission Statement of this group. 

"Our mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community."

After signing up with this community, you can post for: 

The things that you "want" 
The things that you "offer"
The things that have been "received".

Some folks will offer small things like scraps of yarn or crafting supplies.  Some will offer pieces of furniture.  If you have never used this service before, you may be surprised at the number of responses you may get when you offer items.  It really reinforces to me the impact our economy has had on everyone.

What are some basic suggestions to use here?

Don't list your address in your post.  When you identify the "lucky winner",  email or call them individually.  Even though this is a helping site, you need to protect yourself and your home.  When you do arrange for someone to come and pick up the targeted items, be sure to have someone with you.  Chances are that nothing will happen, but it is always smart to beware.

Have realistic expectations.  If you are looking for an expensive Ikea-type piece of may not get it!  However, if you have a need for a dresser, or pieces of drywall etc., you may actually be able to locate someone who is willing to give it to you.

Use good manners.  Be respectful in your responses, remember the Golden rule.  After picking up an item, send a follow-up email and thank the individual who shared with you.

Use the site for what it is intended.  Don't try to get items for free and then try to sell them.  It just isn't 'right'.

So, if you are looking to help someone, or help your self, sign up for the Freecycle group near you! 

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