Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Find your local resources

There are a great many resources available to help make this challenge not only managable, but fun and fulfilling!

1) Freecycle (an internet site where you can pass on stuff you don't want anymore, or acquire things you need - all free of charge)

2) Libraries - great source for not only books, but movies, magazines and story kits for kids. Our town also has a Toy Library which operates much the same way as a regular library. This allows the kids to get their 'fill' of a certain toy and the enjoyment of getting toys they may not have been able to get otherwise.

3) We are all familiar with second hand stores, and garage sales, but there are also stores like The Habitat for Humanity Restores where you can buy things for your renovations, or even to furnish your home.

4) Friends!! You have some and can be one! :) We were born wanting to be of service and make a difference.

5) In our town we have a place called The Salvage Centre - where items destined for the landfill, but are still in good condition are dropped off and if you need something you can buy it for very cheap. All the money raised goes to local charities and we have furnished pretty much our whole house over the years... you'd be suprised what people get rid of!

6) There are various internet sites such as Kijiji or Craigslist where you can advertise to sell or give away some of your stuff, or buy what you need. Most local newspapers are online now and have a free classified section online as well.

7) Our imaginations! My husband took an abandoned bbq, sawed the legs off of it and viola - a fire pit for fishing and camping! It cost $2 and kept most of it out of the landfill.

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