Giving and Getting Stuff for Free is Fun

Giving and Getting Stuff for Free is Fun

Healthy Green Fun Idea #4

Have you heard of Freecycle?  It’s a site organized by town that lets you post things you are willing to part with at no cost.  Or you can post for things you need, but can’t or don’t want to pay for.

At first I was a little skeptical, but I needed a whiteboard for our office so decided to try.  I posted “Wanted:  Office Whiteboard”.  Within 30 minutes, I had three offers.  The next week, I decided I needed to find a home for baby supplies we no longer needed so I posted, “Offer:  Bag of Baby Dishes, Utensils and Bibs”.  I got two emails and the next week they were gone.

Using Freecycle, I’ve cleaned out my basement and furnished our offices.  All at no charge and with the real sense that someone is benefitting by either getting rid of things they don’t need or getting things they do.  Most of the people are incredibly nice and responsive.  A few never pick up items and you move on to the next person on the list. Sometimes the person giving or receiving turns out to be a friend or neighbor, which always give you both a good laugh.

In chatting to people about Freecycle, I’ve also discovered other fun exchange resources online, like a kids clothing swap site, thredUP, and books/music/videos on

Sure, I love the environmental benefits of not buying new stuff.  Less packaging, less shipping, and fewer natural resources consumed is great for everyone and everything.  But I also just LOVE saving the money and getting perfectly good stuff (I’m a frugalista at heart).  And honestly, is there anything more zen-like than a clean and decluttered basement.

Do you have a favorite way to exchange stuff for free (or nearly free?) Spill those swap secrets with us!


Susan Hunt Stevens

Susan Hunt Stevens is the Founder & CEO of Practically Green, an online service that motivates and inspires people to make healthy green changes in their life through assessment, personalized recommendations, and social connections that make decisions easier, faster and hopefully, way more fun.

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