Freecycle DC your Crossbow too

There’s been a Crossbow hanging out in my living room for a year now. My housemate’s, it was never used and now he’s gone, leaving the Crossbow behind. It was destined for the Dumpster until the new housemate convinced me to try and sell it. Three weeks on Craigslist and my website, five emails of interest, and only one viewing later, I’ve given up trying to sell it. Now it has one week on Freecycle DC before Dumpster-time.

Freecycle DC, which serves the environmentally aware and responsive community, is pretty cool. With simple basics, Keep it free, legal, and appropriate for all ages, and a mission to help reduce consumption and waste by connecting people who are throwing away items with others who are seeking the same, they keep computers, furniture, clothing, magazines, sporting equipment, and the stuff in your closet, out of the landfill by passing it along to a new home.

The only rules: OFFERs must include a District of Columbia pickup location. Limit of 1 WANTED post per week per member.

So come, Freecycle DC with me.

7 Comments so far

  1. Don (unregistered) on November 8th, 2005 @ 11:16 am

    The Freecycle concept is very cool but be warned: even out here in “the boonies” where we’ve got basements and room aplenty you can find the amount of traffic on the lists to be overwhelming. It’s much easier to offer things than get them, what with so many messages to wade through and so many people reading and jumping on offers.


  2. Stop_smell_the_Potomac (unregistered) on November 8th, 2005 @ 11:24 am

    Instead of the dumpster, just put outside your sidewalk – in no time, somebody’s just going to pick it up. That’s what a friend of mine did – she left her futon frame outside her Cap Hill apt and sooner than later, it was gone. Somebody’s junk is always someone else’s treasure.


  3. wayan (unregistered) on November 8th, 2005 @ 11:25 am

    Whoa, am I finding that out now – 6 replies in less than 5 minutes. I’m going to run with the first person to show up to pick it up rather than wade through all the replies.

    Oh and if you have something you wanna sell, for today only eBay is having a 10 cent placement sale. Nice for those not selling a huge CrossBow.


  4. wayan (unregistered) on November 8th, 2005 @ 11:27 am

    SSTP – I’ve done that trick myself, with a full futon. In 30 minutes my “clean, complete, free” sign got tow folks fighting over my futon. I think a full CrossBow isn’t the same though – much larger and as I live in an apartment complex now, a little harder to justify to the landlords if I leave it out front.


  5. Don (unregistered) on November 8th, 2005 @ 12:57 pm

    Plus, do you really want one of your close neighbors to have that thing? Drywall is thin. If I were you I’d be using the Baltimore Freecycle to get rid of it :)


  6. wayan (unregistered) on November 8th, 2005 @ 1:02 pm

    Ah, lucky for me, Don, I live in a 1920’s building that has solid concrete walls. My neighbour is a DJ but the only way I know he’s playing is when I walk by his door and see it vibrate with each base thump.


  7. Stop_smell_the_Potomac (unregistered) on November 9th, 2005 @ 5:27 pm

    Wayan, you might want to consider donating it to So Others Might Eat (SOME) b/c they have listed at the Arlington Co website a need for exercise equipment –
    http://www.volunteersolutions.org/acvo/org/giftmatch/8762828.html

    At least try it…it would be a good cause. There are plenty of other donation programs out there that would even pick up the item so you don’t have to worry about transportation.



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