There is a great Facebook group that I belong to. It is an on-line swap-meet. It is similar to a flea market but it is all done on line and the group is local because most things are picked up from your home. It is a great way to “go green” when cleaning and decluttering, keeping in mind that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Virtual swap-meets are a great way to implement the three R’s. Reduce, reuse and recycle. Despite the word “SWAP’, money usually is exchanged for goods although I have also seen some people swap items in the group. The group was started by a local woman and has spread to over 1000 members.
It has been raining today so I planned on staying home all day so that I could get some housework done and go through piles that just keep getting bigger and bigger. I have decided that we have collected too much clutter, therefore, I decided to give the swap group a try and sure enough, within a few minutes, I had made a sale so I listed a few more things. Unlike ebay, there is no bidding on items. The price is listed and if someone wants it, they respond. First to respond gets the item. I already have a pile of things in the vestibule of my home that are ready and waiting for pick up. Unlike a garage sale, I don’t have to worry about weather, or get a permit. If I find something that I no longer need, I can just list it and hopefully someone else will have a need for it. Also, unlike a garage sale, I don’t have to pack it all up at the end of the day. Since the sale is “virtual” it can extend over several days or weeks until it has all sold. I will give myself a time frame though. If it doesn’t get sold, I will donate it but for now, I will see if someone else has a use for it.
Drew was watching me as I listed items and sold them. He decided to go through his own things and together we listed a bunch of wii games that he no longer plays and some board games. I promised that his items sold, the money would be his. This gave him some motivation to go through some things that I have been asking him to work on for awhile. He has already sold a bunch of them in just a few hours.
Now…if I can get DJ and Dave to jump on the bandwagon….