Tuesday, February 14, 2006


This is my first post as co-blogger on This Is Smyrna so I thought I would start with a public service announcement.

Everyone has crud that builds up in their life. Stuff to good to throw away, but you have NO use for anymore. You might want to look into freecycling it

The Freecycle Network is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator (them's good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by clicking on the region on the left. You may then go directly to your local group by clicking on "Go To" or you may immediately join by clicking on "Join." It will generate an automatic e-mail which, when sent, will sign you up for your local group and send you a response with instructions on how it works. Can't find a group near you? You might want to consider starting one (click on "Start a Group" for instructions). Have fun!

How does it work?
When you want to find a new home for something -- whether it's a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door -- you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of your Freecycle group.

Or, maybe you're looking to acquire something yourself. Simply respond to a member's offer, and you just might get it. After that, it's up to the giver to decide who receives the gift and to set up a pickup time for passing on the treasure.

Our main rule: Everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.

Who can use The Freecycle Network?
Think globally, recycle locally. The Freecycle Network is open to all communities and to all individuals who want to participate. Freecycle groups are run by local volunteer moderators from across the globe who facilitate each local group - grassroots at its best!
I have been a member for about half a year. In that time I have given away an extra recliner, and a wooden cabinet that someone now uses in their refurbished garage. In the same time I have gotten about 150$ worth of clothes for my wife, a pressure canner, and a computer printer.

An example of what is being given away at the Smyrna Tennessee freecycle group is the following.
Sectional sofa
Women's clothing(LOTS) size 6-12
3 ladies sweaters small
scotch guard, woolite, citronella oil, planters, washing bag
bathroom accessories
3 non working power wheels
infant/toddler girls shoes
Your clutter could be someone's treasure

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