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.

Comments

5 Responses to “Freecycle Your Baby Items”

  1. ThreePts says:

    Great find. Ive joined my local group. Maybe I can do my part to help out.

    September 8th, 2005 at 9:05 am

  2. mike says:

    Hello everyone. I’m looking for a digital camera for my 4 and a half year old. He is crazy about taking pictures. Any suggestions or old cameras out there?

    Thanks,

    Mike

    November 10th, 2006 at 11:11 pm

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am pregnant with twins…a boy and a girl and am due in about 10 days or so. I am looking for any baby clothes that anyone is willing to give. I would appreciate anything. Thank you!

    February 2nd, 2007 at 11:28 am

  4. Jordyn says:

    Hello I;m looking for 1 year-2 years for a little girl e-mail me if you do please and thankyou

    March 6th, 2007 at 2:00 pm

  5. katie says:

    Hello, Everyone. My 2 year old’s birthday is around the corner and we are looking for an old digital camera someone has out there. thank you

    May 1st, 2007 at 12:28 pm