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Empty wallet? No money necessary with Freecycle.org

Web site offers giveaways from local residents

Bucleigh Newton / Reporter

It’s that time of year again when you have more pockets than you have money. You bought your books, paid your rent and you found just enough change in the couch to pay for a small dinner. But what about that bookshelf you need? If only someone was giving it away for free.

Never fear: Freecycle is here.

Someone in Greensboro has a bookshelf and they are giving it away on the Freecycle web site. That is all there is to it. Freecycle lets you have it for free.

The new web site is ideal for college students. From radios, furniture and clothes, to books, printers and old doors, Freecycle offers it all.

You have heard, “Nothing in life is free,” so what is the catch? There is no catch. Freecycle is free. You don’t have to trade your nightstand for a bookshelf, you get to keep it and take the bookshelf, too! In fact, trading within Freecycle is against their policy. There are no concerns with “What’s in it for me,” because the main purpose of it is for you to get just what you want.

Have your cake and eat it too.

The Freecycle Network is part of a nonprofit organization called RISE Inc., which focuses on reducing waste and promoting assistance between the public and other nonprofit organizations.

In May 2003, RISE launched the Freecycle Network. It includes 1,298 U.S., Canadian and international cities. As of July 21, there were 262,345 members in all Freecycle groups. There are 343 members in Burlington and 1,060 members in Greensboro.

Chances are high that Elon students will find what they need.

Getting involved in Freecycle is easy, too.

Freecycle lives up to its name and recycles products for free.

So what are you waiting for? Forget a trip to Wal-mart, don’t search eBay and keep those extra coins you have for ice cream later. Go get that bookshelf on Freecycle before someone else does.

For further information, go to www.freecycle.org

Contact Bucleigh Newton at pendulum@elon.edu or 278-7247.