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Freecycling: out with the old and in with the 'new'

Original post made on Jun 17, 2013

One person is looking for a rocking chair for a newborn baby. Another, a tote bag to carry a pet guinea pig. One person offers up a nearly new yoga mat; another, a "large-ish cardboard box" that is "not sturdy enough for shipping but great for summer fun with kids."

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Posted by mj clauss
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 17, 2013 at 11:27 am

I have only praise for Freecycle. Eight years ago, when we downsized before moving to a senior community, we were able to find users for all types of household goods--with one exception. No one in sophisticated San Francisco wanted my collection of stuff for preparing and serving snails!

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Posted by Jeanie Smith
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jun 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

I'm surprised you didn't also mention PAFree, which has been in existence since 2003 and is extremely active, with close to 4000 members. It's also locally moderated and its rules are slightly different from those of the Freecycle group, but the idea is the same-- to keep useable items out of the landfill, and to encourage neighborly recycling. The link for the group is: Web Link

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Posted by cid4houses
a resident of another community
on Jun 17, 2013 at 11:48 am

Used wine corks can also be used as plant markers in the garden. The only other items you'll need is one Sharpie to writewith, and a thin bambooo skewer for the stake ...or I often recycle my wooden coffee stirrers from Starbucks, to use as the stick to hold the Plant ID tag = cork-turned-garden-marker.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 17, 2013 at 2:52 pm

PAFree is better, IME, than the most local FreeCycle. I have been able to rehome so much using both! Posting freebies on Craigslist if nice, too, but I quit doing so after an obnoxious woman corraled my neighbors into helping her load the stuff I gave her, after I repeatedly told her not to - it was very weird. PAFree folks are generous & thoughtful, helpful & friendly.

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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 18, 2013 at 12:12 am

Please tell me how I can contact the organizations mentioned above. Thank you.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

Kate - here is the link to PA Free: Web Link

Here is the link to the Menlo Park one: Web Link

There is also one in Mt. View. These are the closest ones.