I know, I know – I may have mentioned how much I love Freecycle a time or two since starting this blog, but I’ve never actually dedicated an entire post to it. Just in case there are some of you out there who haven’t yet taken part in your local chapter of this wonderful online community, I’m doing that today.
We all know how important it is to recycle these days, and Freecycle is a great way to encourage that. For those of you who may not know what it’s all about, Freecycle is a Yahoo group where people post items that they no longer want, and where you can post requests for items that you need that someone might have gathering dust in their basement. It provides a forum for the exchange of items that second hand stores might not take and prevents them from going to the landfill. We’ve found new homes for plants that there was no longer room for in the garden, as well as magazines, toys, and numerous building materials (including the carpet that we tore out when we redid the kids’ bedroom floor). I will likely be posting a lot as I pack and try to downsize before our move.
We’ve also been on the receiving end of some great freecycled items (anyone remember the washing machine?). This gorgeous nightstand is the latest example, and it came from a woman whose parents had it in their house for 40 years before passing it on to her. The stain is chipped and bubbled in spots, but it looks so well loved that I’m having a hard time deciding whether or not to refinish it (any thoughts?).
This recent aquisition makes my heart go pitter pat. I worked my way through highschool doing various odd jobs (from babysitting, to shelving books in the library, to working in a kids bookstore), and most of the money I made went towards expanding my beloved record collection. We’ve moved hundreds of albums around for the past (egad) almost 20 years, but I haven’t been able to listen to any of them in decades because a) we’ve never had a house big enough to set up a turntable and b) my record player had its arm broken off during a past move (I still think my darling hubby might have had something to do with that – he’s been pleading with me to part with them for years). Well, that is no longer a problem since I picked up this little beauty last week. Anyone up for an 80’s bash?
The exchange of goods isn’t the only great thing about Freecycle, it’s also a fantastic way to get out into your community and meet other like minded folks. I’ve met lots of interesting people that I never would have met otherwise, and it always feels good to know that something you no longer need is being put to good use by someone else. I’ve recently gotten my mother hooked, and she’s quickly becoming a regular poster.