In case there's anyone out there who doesn't already know, Freecycle is a worldwide network of online communities that help people reuse unwanted stuff. If you have something you want to get rid of, you post an entry like this:
Title: OFFER: left-handed golf clubs
Date: 13:39, 26 Oct 2009
Description: Set of left-handed golf clubs. I don't play golf and I'm not left-handed. Don't ask me what I'm doing with them. Quick pick-up preferred.
And within a day, usually, you will get at least one request for the unwanted item from another member. In fact, it's not unusual to get a deluge of requests within the first couple of hours. (You can choose to give it to anyone you wish, though I usually follow a first-come, first-served policy.) In the past five years, I have successfully used Freecycle to get rid of many items, including:
- an eight-year-old Macintosh computer
- several old textbooks
- a reel-type lawn mower with a wheel that (as I stated quite openly) didn't stay on very well
- a Weed Whacker with a motor that was (as I also stated quite openly) on the verge of burning itself out
- an old CRT monitor
- a surplus of rubber bands
So, if there is anyone out there in cyberspace who does not yet belong to a Freecycle group: try it, you'll like it.