Saturday, November 7, 2009


Today my eighty-five plus year old neighbor, Mr. Bob Hench took me in his old pick-up truck to the neighboring community of Dillsburg to pick up some furniture for daughter number 3. (I have to tell you about the farm field he mentioned where they picked up the airmail when he was in his twenty's!) I heard about the giveaway from the online forum, FreeCycle. You probably have one in your online community and if not, START ONE! Basically, the concept is to Reuse, Reduce, Recycle. Here is what they say to describe the concept:

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,852 groups with 6,691,000 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.

You are not supposed to sell what you get, and you must give your junk away in equal or more amounts than what you get. Pretty amazing. You have to have a yahoo email address, which is easy and join a yahoo freecycle group. It is easy to sign-up online, then just wait for the emails for free stuff, and clean out your basement and attic by offering junk that people come by your house to pick up. Kind of fun, to tell you the truth.

A fellow FreeCycler, Bob P. was generous enough to give us two end tables, three lamps, and a queen size bed headboard and footboard which are in great shape. Plus the added bonus was they are "retro", which the mimers (aka daughter number 3) loves. She is very supportive of the whole *Reduce*Reuse*Recycle* concept, which is fantastic for a nineteen year old and bodes well for our future generations.

I have given some stuff away...and am looking forward to cleaning out some more. Sure makes sense, rather than just bagging it for the trash man. Thanks to both Bobs!!

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