Monday, June 23, 2008
In the past few weeks ago, we have been packing for our move and pretty much going through our home with a fine tooth comb.I have to say it is very time consuming and seeing all the things that we just don't have the need for anymore. I am pretty sure you have the same things in your home too that you just don't realize.
We have thrown away useless items that we feel that is just basically trash. But we have also had mounds of bags full of items and things that we felt that would be good for those that may want them. We donated so much stuff in the past 4 weeks that we could furnish a small apartment. We have donated everything from computer monitors, keyboards, clothing (good clothing), books (a box full), shoes, towels sheets, picture frames and so much more. I have recently seen on one of our local news programs of how so many people were giving to Goodwill really crappy stuff. I mean stuff that no one will ever in a million years want to buy or have in their homes. Sofas that were stained, luggage that was so badly used that they have to throw away. How can anyone donate merchandise that was in such poor condition that Goodwill literally have to throw away. They spend 10,000 a month just disposing of merchandise that is donated that is literally trash. I couldn't believe some of the stuff I was seeing on this new segment. Before we ever consider donating our stuff, we always say "is this in good condition or is this just trash". We never give to Goodwill stuff that is in such poor condition.
Although we love giving to Goodwill and to the Salvation Army. Sometimes they do charge way too much for used and donated clothing and items. Sometimes they charge so much that you can get the same items new at Walmart. So sometimes you can find great finds and bargains at these types of stores and at other times they just cost way too much for used merchandise. There is another alternative to getting great deals from people that are just willing to give for free. It is called Freecycle.org.
What is Freecycle.org? it is made up of 4,523 groups with 5,342,000 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. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on “Browse Groups” above the search box. Have fun!
I myself have signed up for a local group in my area and it is great. I get emails every day from the group of people that are willing to offer good merchandise for free. No catch just submit that you want it and there is a chance you may get it. All you have to do is just reply to it and if they choose you from among many that reply, all you have to do is pick it up from them. Thats it. No fees, totally free from giving people. I myself have listed many items that we just didn't find the need to have anymore that maybe someones can use. And it has worked out very good. I am satisfied that is not thrown away, or giving to Goodwill where they will charge an arm a leg and two hands to sell to someone that may really need it. A great way to donate your items.