I was doing some spring cleaning last month and realized that I had a few things I didn’t need but couldn’t throw away. I was going to drop it off at Goodwill but then I thought, “I wish there was some way I could trade this stuff for things I need”. Well I was in luck. Thanks to the internet there were two options I could go about doing just that.
The first option is SwapTree.com. With this site you list the items you have and the items you want. Then it uses some kind of algorithm to find people for you to possibly trade with. Once you find someone who wants to trade, all you have to pay the cost of shipping. The site does have its limitations since you can only trade books, movies, music, and games. So for bigger items like desk and TVs you will have to look elsewhere.
The second options picks up were SwapTree left off, it’s called Freecycle.org. Almost every major city has a Freecycle group, so all you have to do is look yours up. Then you can join and post items you would like to give away. Since everything is handled locally there is no shipping involved you just pick it up yourself. You can also list things that you want and if someone has it they will let you know.
So instead of throwing away perfectly good items first try to trade them and see if you can get something you need for them. It’s a lot of fun and you can feel good about helping yourself and other people get what they need.
If you know any other ways to get rid of non- trash items let me know.