Keeps the Landfills Not-So-Full

Call it a personal flaw, but...

I Hate Throwing Usable Items Away!

My wife recently asked me to throw away a lamp. The lamp is missing a shade, but apart from that its only fault is not having a place in our current décor. I couldn't bring myself to toss out a perfectly good item. However, because I try to keep the amount of unwanted junk from accumulating, I don't often have enough critical mass of stuff to hold a meaningful yard sale. So what do you do with unwanted stuff without throwing it away or selling it on eBay or in a garage sale?

Here's an option that you might find useful... Helps Match You With "Takers" For Your Stuff (as in "free"+"recycle") is a great movement that helps people give usable items away instead of sending them to a landfill. is organized around local groups of people whose common interest is finding a good home for useful items instead of throwing them away. In short, if you're looking to get rid of an item that someone might want, but you just don't know how to find the right person--who would want a lamp without a shade?? can help. logo
Just post an item to an email list for your geographic area and wait. If it catches someone's eye, they will post a response, and the two of you can make arrangements to meet and transfer the item. There's one main rule: the item must be absolutely free. No selling is allowed. (There are some other rules about allowable items and proper group etiquette, but it's basically very simple.)

Plus, if you're looking for an item, you can always post a request, and someone else in the group might just have what you're looking for and be willing to part with it--you never know, you might just find it!

To learn more and find a group in your area, check out their website:

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