Freecycle Network

By: Rebekah Baum
By: Rebekah Baum

Auction sites like Ebay have revolutionized the way we buy and sell goods, but there's another site in cyberspace you may not have heard of. It's called the "Freecycle Network.” Freecycle provides individuals and non-profit organizations an electronic forum to "recycle" unwanted items.

Shelly Nunke has been Freecycling for about three months. The Freecycle Network is made up of individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots movement of people who are giving and getting stuff for free in their own communities.

"People have stuff they want to get rid of and they don't want to hassle with thrift sales and they don't want to just give it away, or they want something and they can't afford to by it themselves," says Nunke.

There are several local Freecycle groups in the stateline. More than 800 people are members of groups in Rockford, Freeport, DeKalb and Janesville.

Nunke says she first joined Freecycle because, "I had an electric stove I didn't want and I wanted it out of my garage and I came across it by accident."

Nunke recently put up a posting, advertising some rain gutters she'd like to give away and in the meantime, she's looking for poster frames.

"They're really hard to come by. They're expensive; I need five of them and I'd really like to get them up on the wall," says Nunke.

So if you're looking to get rid of those old golf clubs, lawnmowers or strollers, Freecycle will breath new life into your aged items and letting go of your unwanted things will surely bring priceless returns as you watch a Freecycler delight in their newest treasure.


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