Original photo Design by Zouny
A few months ago I learned about the Buy Nothing Project (BNP).
The Buy Nothing Project is all about connecting neighbors and building community through giving and receiving.
Members post things that they have to give, share or lend and ask for things that they need. No buying, selling, bartering, trading or asking for cash are allowed.
After I first joined the group for our neighborhood on Facebook, I didn’t pay much attention to the group. Posts would show up in my newsfeed, but I just scrolled past them.
Then, it happened.
A mom with a 4-day old baby needed a wipe warmer. Did anyone have one?
Wait, I thought. We have one! Perfectly good condition and sitting unused on a shelf in Javi’s closet.
The next day, Javi and I dropped it off at her house while we were out running errands. (Most people pick things up, but if you just had a baby I’m definitely going to deliver it to you!)
It felt great! Helping someone, making a friendly connection and getting rid of something I didn’t need?
This is so my thing.
From then on, I’ve been hooked.
We’ve given away things to so many different people that I’ve lost count. We’ve also asked for and received things too: Streamers for Javi’s upcoming birthday party and an awesome wooden xylophone we gave him for Christmas.
To A Loving Home
BNP has also been a great Goodwill-alternative.
I believe in only donating quality stuff (no junk! this is not the dump!) to Goodwill and other charity shops, but sometimes there are special-to-me items that I want to go to a loving home.
For example, this vintage mail sorter I received when my Great-Grandma died.
I loved it, but wasn’t using it (other than to collect coupons that I never used.) I posted it to the group and ended up having to do a drawing to decide who to give it to.
I know it is being treated with respect and appreciation, not piled up with other random items on a Goodwill shelf, hoping someone will find it.
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