So I joined the Freecycle Network:
The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,363 groups with 5,106,000 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.
I like Freecycle better because they have very active local groups. My town's group has almost 3000 members. So if I post something, the people that are responding are usually within a few minutes of my house. You don't get a tax deduction for the donation. But its easy...and people come to me to pick up the items on my schedule.
Items I've Freecycled:
- Crib Mattress
- Toddler Bed
- FAA approved Baby Flight Safety Vest
- Game Boy Advance SP
- Lots of Baby Toys
- Toddler Swing
- Old School 27" TV
- Kids Shoes
- Framed posters
The Game Boy elicited the biggest response. I had almost 50 messages in less than a hour after posting. That seems logical.
There were 2 items that received zero responses:
- Sterling Brand Toilet (like new!)
- Encyclopedia Brittanica Set
Out of everything I've listed, its the Toilet that's actually worth the most (I looked it up, its almost $200 brand-new. And this toilet is hardly ever used.
Surely somebody needs a replacement toilet. But I suppose free has its own set of values. And toilets carry an "ick" factor.
And the Encyclopedia is just a reflection on reality. Nobody wants them. They aren't worth the paper they are printed on. I can't even give them away.