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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Think Thrifty Thursday

Julie at The Cool Mom Guide has started “Think Thrifty Thursdays”. It reminded me of some of my most thrifty finds. I Freecycle. If you’re not familiar with the site, here’s some information from their website:
"Welcome! The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,681 groups with 6,432,000 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. To sign up, find your community."
I have found a lot of things for free, still useful, sometimes brand new with the tags still on them! I have also gotten rid of still useful items that I no longer need.

Things I’ve gotten for free on Freecycle:
Full Size Headboard and bed frame
Jeans, khaki’s, dress slacks for my daughter (some new with the tags on them.)
Polo shirts, t-shirts for my son
Size 14 baseball cleats for my son
Shelving unit
Cell phone (mine died, I used it until my contract allowed me a free one.)
Double stroller (like new, for our niece.)
…and the most awesome thing I got for free…a very expensive plus size bridesmaid dress (tags still on it) that my daughter wore to her homecoming dance. The dress was altered and the bridesmaid dropped out. The bride was on the hook for it and kept it. The bride was delighted to see it put to use.
Things I’ve given away for free on Freecycle:
A box full of Boys convertible pants/shorts, jeans, shirts.
Cable Modem (got for free new in box, didn’t need.)
New shoes (never worn, my ex-husband mistake/no receipt.)
Dinnerware (got new Fiestaware we didn’t need our old stuff.)
Math & Grammar software that we never even opened.
Freezer (got it from freecyle, it stopped working, someone who could repair it took it off my hands.)

So check out Freecycle. Not only will you be getting something you need for free, but you’ll be saving the environment.

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Da Old Man said...

I've been reading a lot of good things about Freecycle lately. I need to sign up.

Babette said...

I also use Freecycle and have given away lots of stuff, most recently a snowblower. My petpeeve is when people don't show up so I give it to the next person in line.

Megryansmom said...

I love Freecycle!!

Chameleon said...

I've been Freecycling for years - love the idea. I also hit the craigslist freebies around the end of the month and have picked up some fantastic stuff - including a whole kitchen set and a full bedroom set.

Love your site!

Lola said...

@ Chameleon-Craigslist at the end of the month is an awesome idea. For people moving who have to get rid of stuff because they can't move it. I bet they have lots of freebies or super cheap stuff.

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