Friday, August 24, 2012

A Great Freecycle Find!

Happy Friday!  I hope you have some nice plans for the weekend - it's hard to believe that summer is nearly over.  We have been enjoying the slightly cooler weather.   The days are getting shorter and there have been some beautiful evening skies over our neighborhood.

I was out and about on Thursday - checking out another scrapbook store from the shop hop and doing the usual errands.  I did get some time to do more organizing in my craft room(s) and I stumbled on to a very lucky find.  When our son was getting ready to move to an apartment this spring, I discovered

Here is the description from the website. 

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,057 groups with 9,061,088 members around the world. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and 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 local volunteers (them's good people). Membership is free. 

I signed up on our local list which is run through a Yahoo group.  It is fun to see the sorts of things that are offered - everything from old National Geographics to baby clothes.  Today an email came through with a bookshelf described as "nine segment."  That caught my eye and I checked out the photo on the group page (there isn't always a photo but it is helpful when there is one to give you a better idea of the offer).

As soon as I saw this photo on the website, I rushed to answer the offering message.  I could see that this would be a fabulous solution for storing my ever-expanding paper collection.

After a few messages back and forth, I arranged to pick up the bookcase in a neighboring town.  It is now in my garage, waiting for me to rearrange some other pieces of furniture - my project for the weekend!  After I took this photo, I brought one of my Iris plastic 12 x 12 paper cases out to the garage and it was a perfect fit!  I am so excited to have discovered a great (free!) solution for my "paper problem" and very motivated to finish the never ending reorganization of my space.

I have lots of things around the house that I can list and pass along to someone who can use them.  I think it is a great solution for finding new homes for good objects that you no longer need.  If you haven't heard of this organization, it would be worth checking to see if there is a group in your area.

No project photos to share today - I have some more things finished but didn't have time to edit the photos for posting.   I did take a photo of the wonderful tricolore salad (fresh tomato, basil from the garden and fresh mozzarella with olive oil and balsamic vinegar) we had for dinner.  It was delicious!

Have a great weekend!

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  1. thank you for jogging my memory...I remember a Freecycle org when I was living up north, but forgotten about it after moving to Kansas and than to Alabama....I'm going to check it out to see if they have anything here in Alabama.

  2. Hi Diane, what a great idea this Freecycle site. I haven't written in awhile because I've started a new job and it is crazy busy, but at least it's for charity so it makes it worthwhile. However I always manage to read you everyday. Love your salad looks quite yummy. Have a beautiful weekend.

  3. What a lucky find. I doubt they have a group where I live but it's such a good idea.

    I have a friend who lives near the Cape and they have a place called the "drop off". She finds things people have gotten rid of all the time.

  4. I love free cycle I haven't found anything good like this. Good fine.

  5. Diane
    Thanks for the tip re freecycle. We actually have one here in Canada where I live !!!
    Mmmm your salad looks yummy. I love that combination.

  6. I haven't used Freecycle in 5 years, but thank you for the reminder of how GREAT it is. When I was cleaning out my house getting ready to move, I was surprised at how many people wanted what I thought was trash. I got rid of a rusty old wheelbarrow from the woods in my backyard ...and a man told me his wife was looking for JUST that to use as an embellishment in his garden, "it's PERFECT!".

    Old magazines? Someone's kid needs them for a school project. Old TV that's too heavy for you to haul out of your upstairs bedroom? Somebody will come and get it, and love it!

    Thank you for the reminder... I've got some listing to do!

  7. Yes!!! Free cycle is a worthy organization. I've given up more than I have received. Great find!!


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