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I’ve been on a recent binge of room cleaning, inspired by everything getting rearranged while I was gone as part of the ongoing remodel. The result is that I’ve found some worthwhile old stuff that, frankly, I hadn’t even thought of in years. Most of it was not quite valuable enough to sell, but I also wanted to overcome my pack rat tendencies and jettison the excess. So what does one do in this situation? Freecycle!

Freecycle is a worldwide movement aided by the rise of the internet. Basically, online freecycling communities for geographic areas are formed and are linked to from the freecycle website. I signed up a while ago after I learned about the concept from Jason, who is someone that I don’t remember how I know. Regardless, I started receiving the emails and even put in a request for a few of the items, though I was always too late. But getting stuff isn’t even where Freecycling is cool. Where it gets cool is giving stuff away.

For example, during the aforementioned cleanup, I found an old Rio 600 32mb MP3 player that I haven’t used in ages. I had mostly forgotten that I even had it. Well, its not useless – but since I have an iPod, I would never use it again. And if I were to go to the trouble to sell it on eBay, I MIGHT get $5 out of it. Not even worth the time. But… when I Freecycled it, I got the following response:

thanks a bucnch!!!!!! i loooooooooooove it! it is sooooooo awesome! thank you thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Which to me, at least, is worth a lot more than $5.

3 Responses to “Freecycling”

  1. Shai Says:

    I before E except after C… :P

  2. Ryan Says:

    You win. But you missed about 12 other errors I found when I spell checked.

  3. Stickman Says:

    Awwww… But I wanted it. :(

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