Freecycle Your Clutter Away

Several years ago my wife and I bought a second hand ride-on mower from a friend who works in that field. This mower wasn’t in quite good enough shape to be sold used at the shop he worked in but it ran and would do the job nicely for us. We used it for a few years with little to no problems. A couple years back though it just plain crapped out. As Mr. Praline might say…

It’s not pinin,’ it’s passed on! This mower is no more! It has ceased to be! It’s expired and gone to meet its maker! This is a late mower! It’s a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! … It’s shuffled off this mortal coil! It’s run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible! This…. is an EX-MOWER!

It sat out benhind our shed for the last couple years, exposed to the elements. Perhaps I was hoping that it would magically decompose in the rain and snow and wind and sun. And although the seat did break down quite a bit, the mower sat there mocking me. Taunting me, pointing out that I was no way near handy enough to even attempt to figure out what was wrong, let alone fix it.

I figured to get rid of the thing was going to cost. I’d have to hire some junk removal service to come in and haul the thing away. I figured I would do it this spring. I was hopeful that it wouldn’t cost too much.

Enter Eric Rochow, he of my man-crush. Eric had an post recently on one of his sites about

The Freecycle NetworkTM is made up of 4,238 groups with 4,455,000 members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.

I didn’t know if there would be much hew and cry for a 15 year old ride on mower that didn’t run, and even if it did run I didn’t have the key to, and hell I didn’t even know how big a group was active in my area. Regardless I thought I would give it a whirl. Costs nothing, no strings, easy, why not try.

Well was I surprised. There are 889 members in the group for my town! Now, not all of them are active and not all of the are from my town, but I was shocked. I listed the mower and within 24 hours had two people email me about taking it off my hands.

The mower is now the property of a nice guy named Gordon. I don’t know what he has planned for it. Fixing it for his own use, using it for parts, fixing it and selling it. Doesn’t matter to me. I am just glad I was able to rid myself of the damn thing for free.

If you have stuff you want to get rid of stuff that doesn’t have a ton of value or don’t want to have a yard sale to unload the stuff that has some value, check out the Freecycle group in your area. You might be surprised how easy it is to unclutter you life. Or if you want to grab some free used stuff, how easy it may be to clutter up your life more!

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