This was by far the most exciting thing I found in my mailbox yesterday:
Apparently next weekend (after Memorial Weekend), the City of Renton, WA will host a free swap and reuse event. The city wants to encourage the reuse of items to keep stuff out of landfills. Community members are invited to bring their unwanted (but still in good condition) items to the Rentom Memorial Stadium on June 2 where they and others can browse the selection and take home new treasures for free.
I see this as a great alternative to Goodwill or garage sales. Sure you won’t get a tax deduction here, but not everything you take to Goodwill ends up on their shelves. And even if you are planning to do a garage sale this year, consider donating a couple items to this Stop and Swap. You may end up helping a non-profit group that works in your community.
I like turning a profit on my old stuff as much as the next person, but the language of the mailing emphasizes SHARING with your neighbors. If you have an old toy, would you rather sell it to the 5-year old across the street or give it to them for free?
There are a few restrictions:
No garbage, no mattresses, nothing soiled or clearly damaged, no TVs or computer monitor (but some other electronics are ok). Textiles are also not wanted, probably because there is no way to garantee cleanliness. I assume this means clothes as well. So you can still take your clothes to Goodwill or sell this summer.
More [readable] information can be found at the City of Renton’s Website.
Oh yeah, did I mention you can get stuff for FREE?!
I hope I find some sewing or knitting supplies. Or maybe even some canning supplies. Maybe someone will drop off a leatherworking kit that we can use for costuming.