Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Freecycle

Things had gone awry and we didn’t even know it. My wife and I, reasonably proud that we hadn’t acquired too many things were, it seemed, quite deluded. We live in a 2-bedroom apartment, and only as we get ready to move are we realizing the sheer volume of things we have squirreled away. (This is what happens when you can’t throw away things in working condition.) But we are moving countries, and so pretty much everything needs to be disposed off one way or another.

One very efficient resource, it turns out, is freecycle.org. One example: A few years back, I bought a good amount of art materials (acrylic paints, watercolors, papers, sketch pads and brushes) but I hadn’t used them in years. They were very much usable, and rather than throwing them away, my wife decided to offer it on Freecycle.

One night the posting went out past 11.30pm, and within an hour there were 2 takers. All in all, we had close to a dozen people asking for it. Many genuinely needed it, but we could only give it to one. We ended up giving it to an arts program that a local hospital ran.

Freecyle truly leverages the power of the Web in getting demand and supply met, with the variation that there is no money exchanged. If you have things you want to give away, definitely consider posting it on this site in your area and watch the demand rush. Or maybe you can pick up something that is on offer. But be careful. You don’t want to end up with stuff that you didn’t really need. Check it out, though.

3 comments:

kannan70 said...

Machi,
Fascinating blog machi.
Very interesting articles.

Are you heading back to India sometime? I recall your mentioning that last time.

Send email...

Kannan

Res said...

We used freecycle to get rid of a big screen tv that came with the house. We had it for a year, it was difficult to have someone just take it (it was free). We posted it up and within 2 days we had a taker.

Ram said...

@res:

Glad someone could use the TV, Res. I think freecycle will become a lot more popular in the coming months/years.

Just discovered your blog. I will be sure to check it out in detail when I am able to.

Ram