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Don't forget to shop Freecycle during holiday season

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In the midst of the holiday season, I wanted to throw out a suggestion for shopping some place that won't cost you a dime -- Freecycle.

I checked the lastest offerings on Wake County's Freecycle website to give you a snapshot of what you might be able to score for free.

Take a look:

  • Two Christmas tins
  • a Tupperware Jell-O mold
  • Coffee table books
  • A lacrosse stick
  • A set of white dishes
  • One metal bread basket
  • Glass appetizer serving dishes
  • A travel garment bag
  • A small manual food processor
  • Four navy placemats with eight matching napkins, four navy and four red

In case you're not familiar with Freecycle, it's a grassroots, all-volunteer effort to keep still-good stuff out of the landfill. There are hundreds of these community-based online message boards connecting folks who want to get rid of stuff with others who want it.

As Wake County's website puts it:

Free your inner packrat! WakeFreecycle is open to local residents who want to recycle or repurpose something rather than throw it away. Whether it's a chair, a fax machine, piano or an old door. Or maybe you're looking to acquire something yourself! One constraint: everything must be free.

A typical posting looks something like this:

Offer: Pink Women's Bathrobe. (Apex)
Size 1X. Barely used and just washed. Please respond with pick up time. Preference to someone who can pick up tonight.

On any given day, the list of Freecycle offerings is not unlike a list you might compile by reading the Black Friday weekend sales circulars. The only difference is the price tag.

Now granted, you do have to be quick to score these free items. The best stuff goes lightning fast. And you must be willing to drive a distance to pick them up from someone's front porch.

Not unlike the effort you have to make to score deals at the shopping malls!

Click here to check out Wake County's Freecycle group. Click here for links to all the active Freecycle groups in North Carolina, including those in Chatham, Durham, Johnston and Orange counties.

Anybody out there a regular Freecycler? What have you given? What have you received? I'd love to hear your Freecycle stories.

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