Saturday, July 19, 2008

Who Wants All This Stuff??

We have hosted several "Stuff Swap" nights (often in combination with a Frozen Meal Swap). The idea is that everyone brings any material possessions they wish to give away. Then each person gets a turn to convince the group to take their items. Everyone goes home happy, having rid their house of unwanted stuff and having acquired a few new cool things.

Then after you try to pawn off all your old junk on your friends and family, what do you do with what's left??

Baltimore has some great organizations who put our unwanted material possessions to good use. Here are a few I know about. Add to the list if you know of others.

1. Baltimore Free Store accepts all usable items that are in good working condition. They collect these things in their warehouse at 31 N. Haven Street on specific days, and then make them available free of charge to anyone who wants them at Free Markets they set up around town. A non-profit organization. They have an interesting couple paragraphs about why to donate to them instead of to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or Planet Aid.

2. The Book Thing of Baltimore's mission is to put unwanted books into the hands of those who want them. They accept books and magazines regardless of age or subject matter and give them away free to anyone. Go to the Book Thing any Saturday or Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and donate (or pick up) as many books as you wish.

3. Velocipede Bike Project collects donated, second-hand, and landfill-bound bikes, and teaches people how to repair and build their own bicycles. They sell very affordable safe, refurbished bikes. They accept donations of bicycles in any condition, bike parts, and bike tools.

4. Baltimore Freecycle is a local Yahoo Group where you can give away any variety of stuff to other Freecyclers in Baltimore. There are over 4000 chapters all over the world. Membership is free. It is very easy to use. We have given and received many, many things through Freecycle.

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