Have you ever heard of Freecycle? I HIGHLY recommend it. It works like any other email list. You sign up and people post items that they want to give away or are looking for and the very best part is…it is all FREE! Better than garage saleing!! You sign up for the group that is closest to your area and the emails pour in…I do recommend them coming in a daily digest form unless you want to see the listings as soon as they post because of the volume in some areas.
Just think of the homeschooling and household items you can get from freecycle. Most of us homeschool families live on a limited budget…but that isn’t a hindrance folks. It is the beginning of an adventure! And to boot, it is nice to gift others with your excess! Wonderful stewardship!
Last week I was the receiver of a freecycled bag of fabric scraps of fleece and flannel which we are promptly using for hats and coats for the dolls and teddy bears of the house ;o) Even the 4yo ds is interested in sewing a coat for his cuddly pal.
ds: "Mom, do 4 year-old boys like me sew?"
"honey, they do if they want to have fun!!"
And the BEST….I mean BEST thing I was able to get this week was a wooden playset complete with fort for the kids. The other one in my backyard deserves to be shot. It is one of those typical metal jobs and it is missing most of its supports and middle looks all twisted up in the middle like my curtain rod over the kid’s favorite window in the dining room. (What self-respecting kid doesn’t like to run through his mom’s lace curtains on a beautiful spring day when the balmy breezes are blowing through the window, I ask! 😉 The only thing this old swingset is good for is a laugh. Time to recycle the metal!
Allllll we have to do now is dig the darned thing out of the side of a hill (!!) and haul it home. All I have to do for the compensation of some manly labor is
bribe gift my dear dear brother with a good Irish ale. I CAN afford this! Just think of the family bonding experience. (gulp…oh, let it be a smooth one, God;o)
The playset is a higher quality one and replacement parts (if needed) can be obtained for a small fee…yippee. I asked St. Joseph for help and help he did! Thank you St. Joseph. I love the joy you are bringing to our home this day!
Armed with pics and shovels and a good sense of humor our party descends on the unsuspecting playset. We are giving it the ole’ family-centered try! Can you hear it? Hi-Ho Hi-Ho Hi-Ho-Hum! Aw! Come on! Whistle along! :o)