I just joined the Freecycle Network and this morning gave away some lotions and potions I wasn’t using to a lovely gentleman who happened to live nearby. He needed a gift for his wife, as it’s her birthday today, and wanted to go beyond the breakfast-in-bed thing.
It took no time to sign up, then all I did was post what I was offering, wait a few hours, and there it was: an e-mail in my inbox asking when it could be picked up. He called to arrange a time and place, we met, shook hands, made the exchange and that was it.
As they point out, for the system to work, it can’t just be approached as a way to get free crap. Instead, it should be looked at as “a place to give or receive what you have and don’t need, or what you need and don’t have — a free cycle of giving, which keeps stuff out of landfills.”