05th Mar2012

Best Reuse Websites

by Dinah Wulf

If you love dumpster diving, I found out that the best times to go are towards the end of the month and the beginning of the month on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.  Love free stuff but not that into dumpster diving? Here is my list of five best reuse websites to help you find free or inexpensive pieces for your next DIY project.  The best part is that each one can search for items in your local area.



Here is a tidbit about what it’s about straight off of the website:

“The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,020 groups with 8,856,823 members around the world. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers (them’s good people).”



GIGO stands for Garbage In Garbage Out. This is a great free online source to donate and receive reusable items in your community.



FreeSharing, also known as Free Recycling or Freecycling, is when you have an item you no longer need that is just too nice to put in the trash and you give the item away thru your local FreeSharing group.


Craigslist Free Stuff

Did you know that Craigslist has a section where you can search for “free stuff”???? Yeah… enough said. The key to this is to be ready to go before you search because people will post their free stuff and their address, aka a Curb Alert.  Go right away or it will be gone just like that!



I wrote a post called 6 Tips for Going to Estate Sales a while back. In it, I references a website called EstateSales.net. This is a great online source for active and up and coming Estate Sales in your local area complete with photos, maps, and directions.


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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.

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