Saturday, September 5, 2009

Hello? Anyone at Freecycle Tiverton/Little Compton?

Over the past few weeks we've been in the mood to clear house. The semi-annual sweep through just about everything that results in a decent amount of give-aways. Even though we are not extravagant when it comes to buying superfluous "crap", you just need to thin things out, especially when it comes to the kids' stuff. This time around though, we had more than just the clothes and toys to give away. Instead of tossing it in the trash or putting it at the end of our driveway with a "FREE" sign, I wanted to find another avenue for passing it on.

I've always been a big fan of freecycling (hence the stuff at the end of my driveway), but I was curious if there was a more organized option. Our friends in Cape Elizabeth, Maine have an amazing "Swap Shop" at their municipal transfer station where folks can drop off stuff for others to rummage through. It's well organized, clean, and I usually pick up a thing or two when we're up for a visit.

So I searched out "freecycling" and came upon Once there I searched by city/state and lo' and behold, there was a Freecycle Tiverton/Little Compton Group. Awesome! I created an account and requested to be added to the group (you have to be "approved" for the group before you can post items you're looking to acquire or get rid of).

That was nearly a week and a half ago. I received an email with a list of dos and don'ts for the group (auto-sent, but the attached document was from the group administrator, Nicole). But I'm still waiting to be "approved".

This could be an awesome resource for folks. It's frustrating that it has to be such a cumbersome process to get up and running.

So, Nicole, if you're out there, please, please approve my account ASAP!


Vince said...

Berkley, MA has a swap table at our transfer (dump/recycling) station. As we don't get town provided trash pickup (and I 'refuse' to pay), I'm there weekly and have "freecycled" quite a few things - although I don't think I've ever taken anything.

Kristin said...

I didn't know this existed- but I love the idea. I got together with a couple of girlfriends last weekend when she was looking to get rid of some of her papmered chef things. I collected instead of giving away- but it was something we were thinking of trying to do more often.


On the heels of Tiverton's new decree of "No bins, no trash pick-up"(starting in October), a formalized freecycle program would be a great resource to help round out things. I've still not received any "approval" for my account. My next stop will be a letter to the paper to see if the wider (more traditional) distribution will net a response.

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