October 6, 2011

A Nickel

Have you ever used FreeCycle?  It's a website where you can give and get stuff...for free.  So often, I throw out perfectly good household items (or drag them haphazardly to goodwill - emphasis on the dragging, very little upper body strength).  I'd much rather they get put to use in someone else's life. 

For my first FreeCycle experiment, I put an old fishbowl out there.  (RIP Beyonce the Snail, you were gone too soon.)  Within 2 hours, I had a response from someone with a 5 year old, pining for a fish.

After arranging the location where we'd meet, I had the following conversation:

Me: I'll be the girl holding the fish bowl.
Stranger: If I had a nickel for every time I heard that....I'd have a nickel.

If you're in the market for heavy furniture, shrubbery, firewood or boxes for moving - this is your place.

Now, if someone will only give me a free road bike.  Fingers crossed.

(Don't worry, family.  I met them in the daytime, in a populated area that was not my home.  And I washed the fish bowl.  Stranger Danger averted.)


  1. woah... never heard of that before. But it sounds awesome!

  2. i can't stand throwing anything away that could be used by someone else. i have carted things all the way back to the uk just to give to goodwill. :)

  3. Aww! Way to go, you! This is such an awesome & rewarding idea! RIP Beyonce. ;)

  4. cool idea! i think my husband would insist i wear a bulletproof vest to the meeting...and perhaps carry a weapon.

  5. very cool idea. im too shy to try it though. and that conversation... made my day.

  6. I've never heard of this site! Love the idea!

  7. i like this idea grandma always told me "one man;s junk is another man's treasure"

  8. I've never heard of this site! What a great idea, thanks for sharing :)

    xo Nadia

  9. Wow, thats great glad there are things out there like that. kisses mini lemon.


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