What Goes Around Comes Around

One day a few years back I had an abundance of bottles, glasswear and other kitchen items. Rather than throw them in the garbage, I placed all items in a few boxes, wrote big signs that read FREE and placed them on the road beside my driveway. Over the course of the day, all items had been taken. Another time it was books that I had placed by the road. I blessed others with items I had no further use for.

Now what goes around comes around.

One day I was telling my husband I needed to go to the hardware store to purchase some flower pots for my indoor and outdoor plants. Later that same evening, while going for a walk in the neighbourhood with the family, sure enough, a sign that said FREE was on the side of the road. You got it, all kinds of flower pots and such. I got just what I needed when I needed it.

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Bless others and you too are blessed.

By Karyn from Ottawa, Canada

February 11, 20080 found this helpful

What a wonderful idea!!! Thanx, Karyn!!!

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February 11, 20080 found this helpful

Maybe you started something good, Karyn! There's also something called FreeCycle available in many communities/cities in the US where one can post what they have to give away, and also what they need. If it's in your area, check it out.

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February 11, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you for sharing your idea and story, and for such a beautiful thought to close out my day!

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February 12, 20080 found this helpful

We do have freecycle here too, but rather than post the items online, I like to bless the people in my community. Just a few weeks ago, middle of winter and all, I had a huge television cabinet to get rid of. There was nothing wrong with it, we just did not need it any longer. I put it at the end of the driveway with a sign that read FREE. By late afternoon, a young man with his truck came to remove it. It now blesses his home.

Karyn

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February 12, 20080 found this helpful

In MN we have a website www.TwinCitiesFreeMarket.org where you can either find free items or let others know that you have them. You have to pick up whatever the items are, from wherever they are being made available. They have everything from moving boxes and flower pots, to furnature and appliances. Sometimes the ads state that the people are moving and there is only a limited time to pick them up. Other times they state that you just have to contact the person to make arrangements to pick up the items. This is a great way to merge what you are talking about with a wider audience. We have used this site more than a few times to find items that would otherwise be heading to the city landfills. I just love this idea.

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February 12, 20080 found this helpful

Karyn, Your story was great. I have had the same experience with Freecycle. I have met some Generous, kind people who really do care about our environment. The Idea behind it is to keep items that still have use in them out of land fills, And to help other people. I have been gifted with many items that have improved my living space. I have as well gifted other people with items that they needed. We all have something to give.

My Mother loves my freecycle adventures as she was a depression baby. And she really likes to ride with me. I have made friends far and wide in my county. And The feeling of paying it forward, Is good for my soul. To be kind and generous, In what can be a greedy highest bidder world Is part of what keeps goodness in my life. Thrifty fun is awesome as well. Where else is there such a collection of wisdom? My life has been improved by this site. The best things in life ARE free!

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February 12, 20080 found this helpful

We place free signs on things all the time here and someone always picks them up too. We are contractors and try to encourage those who we are working for to place "free" signs on their old windows, doors, flooring, etc. Much better than going to the dump and easier for them than freecycle in our area. The "free" things always find a home to someone who needs and wants them. :-)

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February 15, 20080 found this helpful

We did it too this past fall my husband and I cleaned out the shed and put the stuff at the end of the yard their were big pots, steel tip shoes my husband hardly wore and other stuff and 2 old bikes put the free sign and in less than an hour or two they were gone.

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