There’s no such thing as a free lunch.
All — and lots more — are offered, completely gratis, on Freecycle.
FreecycleWestportCT — to use its full name — is a Yahoo group. It’s open to anyone in the area with a password, and a desire to recycle things rather than throw them away.
Beach chairs. Lamp shades. A box of “girly things.” A cordless phone. All were offered — or asked for — one recent day.
There are rules. Freecycle Westport members are asked to post at least 1 offer for every 3 items requested.
And this is a site for things — no alcohol, tobacco, drugs (including vitamins or creams of any kind), firearms or weapons.
This is also not the spot for apartments, jobs or, um, “services.” If that’s what you’re looking for, try Craigslist.
Oh, yeah: Pet offers are okay. But pet requests are not.
Westport’s Freecycle group is one of thousands around the planet. The 1st was in Tucson, in 2003. Freecycle flourishes thanks to the rules outlined above.
Also, no money. And no trading. Freecycle is all about asking for something you need. And giving away what you don’t.
Responses go straight to the person posting. There is no middleman.
Safety is up to individual members. The site suggests meeting in a public place, or leaving items on a front porch.
She got over 30 responses. The deal was done; the recipient quickly came, took it apart and carted it away.
If Freecycle sounds like your cup of tea, sign up.
Sign up too if you need a teapot. Or have one to give away.