Thursday, September 8th, 2005
Freecycle Your Baby Items
After our garage sale we found an alternative to unloading our leftover baby items at a charity thrift shop. We freecycled.
The Freecycle Network web site is a clearinghouse for regional community listservs and web forums where you can offer your possessions free for the taking. I posted a message about our tubs of used baby clothes and within an hour had a church-going partcipant wanting the clothes for a homeless family living in a camper next to her church. I didn’t ask or get a receipt for a tax write-off, but this was still more rewarding than donating to a thrift shop. A subsequent inquirer also informed me that a local domestic violence agency is always seeking baby gear.
The success of a Freecycle listserv surely depends on the number of subscribers. Ours was lackluster until a local newspaper wrote an article about it, and then participation skyrocketed. People are posting offers (and "wanted" messages) for everything under the sun, from broken concrete for building a walkway to canning jars. Check it out.