I don’t know if you know about Freecycle or not but I can recommend it in these hard times. You can do your bit reusing your items and get something back in return – everyone wins!
Our local group tends to offer larger items and outdoor things along with a good selection of baby items. We have offered lots of baby things that are not really suitable for the local charity shop such as little ride on cars and a baby seat. In return we have received a swing and garage shelving. Each group is different and it all depends on what people have to give away!
The worldwide Freecycle Network is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It’s a grassroots movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns.
Freecycle groups match people who have things they want to get rid of with people who can use them. Our goal is to keep usable items out of landfills. By using what we already have on this earth, we reduce consumerism, manufacture fewer goods, and lessen the impact on the earth. Another benefit of using Freecycle is that it encourages us to get rid of junk that we no longer need and promote community involvement in the process.
Why not have a look and see if there is a group in your area – http://www.uk.freecycle.org/