Buy Nothing, Give Freely, Share Creatively. This is the mission of the Buy Nothing Project. The Project started on Bainbridge Island, Washington and has become a global movement which offers people a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people who are real-life neighbors. How amazing is this?!
Chances are, the community you live in has a Buy Nothing Facebook group just waiting for you to join. Through my local Buy Nothing Beacon Hill group, I’ve scored some pretty rad stuff: a sweet pleather dress (exhibit A above), a set of orange retro arm chairs, the entire series of Star Trek on DVD (Yes to Kirk and Spock!), to name a few. I’ve also given away many items: a ridiculous collection of hats and scarves I didn’t need, 2 dozen eggs we couldn’t finish before the expiration date, some mint from our garden, etc. Its so great to know that someone in your neighborhood or community will put the items to good use. And unlike Craigslist, you don’t have to schedule a time to meet up. With the ‘porch pickup’ approach giving and receiving items is super easy.
If you aren’t already connected to Buy Nothing, click here to find your local group. What an amazing way to recycle, reduce, and reuse in a society that seems to be more and more obsessed with buying stuff for the sake of buying stuff. (Speaking of ‘stuff’ if you haven’t watched The Story of Stuff, hold the phone and watch it now!)
- Black Pleather Dress- $0 Buy Nothing Beacon Hill
- Black Leggings- $2.99 Goodwill, Burien, WA
- Black long-sleeve fitted tee- $0.50 Goodwill Outlet, Seattle, WA
- Total Cost (minus John Fluevog shoes) = $3.50
Photos by the amazing Nate Watters www.natewatters.com