Wednesday, January 28, 2009

One (wo)man’s Junk is another (wo)man’s Jewels

In this age of cutting costs and finding ways to save (on everything, not just weddings!), Freecycle can be an invaluable resource. I joined the Chicago Freecycle group quite awhile ago, mainly just to see what it was all about. I was blown away!

Freecycle is a network geared towards the individual (& non-profits) that provides an electronic “recycling” forum. Their mission is “to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.” We all throw so much away each and every day that someone else might need or want. Move in with your fiance and hubby & now have duplicates of everything? Freecycle it!

You can post “OFFER” items that you no longer want. You can also post a “WANTED” message for things that you well, want, natch. Sometimes people just need a little reminder that they have an extra queen-sized box springs squirreled away in their storage unit, taking up space (that’s how we got ours!). And just think, that box spring didn’t end up in a landfill & we didn’t have to go out and spend money on one.

Freecycle can be a great resource for finding wedding items as well. When I was planning a Wisconsin wedding, I posted a WANTED message for old Bell canning jars. 3 emails came back instantly & I had offers that added up to around 45 Bell jars. I also see people giving away wedding items, from dresses to vases to linens to you name it!

I’ve seen some pretty…interesting…posts before, which is also a source of entertainment during the day ;) Someone was giving away a (singular) bag of frozen asparagus. I laughed for an hour, but I bet that bag was given to someone who needed it.

To find a Freecycle network in your area, click here. You'll be directed to a Yahoo group for your local community. Everything has to remain local, everything has to be free (& legal).

Have you found any wedding items from a non-traditional source? Let us know!

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