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Got stuff? Give it away on Saturday…

Why Saturday? Because May 15 is now Give Away Your Stuff Day.

The brain child of New Yorker Mike Marone, the event is based on a simple premise:

Many of us own valuable stuff we just don’t want anymore. But instead of giving it away or selling it, we allow it to clutter our households and businesses. Billions of great items are just wasting away, taking up space.

Wouldn’t it be cool if we could magically shift ownership of this stuff, in one weekend, coast to coast, with zero effort, little time, and at no cost?

Yes it would… especially if it keeps this “stuff” (in the Annie Leonard sense) out of landfills.

How do you participate in Give Away Your Stuff Day?

It’s as simple as putting that unwanted stuff out on the curb (except for toxic or recalled items, trash, or food). Then put a “Free” sign up, and let browsers sort through it, and take what they want.

Marone admits the event will be “messy,” and that could be the case organizationally as well as physically: there doesn’t seem to be any sort of database of participating communities, etc. (though there is a Facebook page). But Give Away Your Stuff Day isn’t completely off the grid: both Peekskill, New York, and the state of Connecticut have made official designations of the event. Marone wants to keep it as grassroots as possible, though: “Let’s keep it citizen-based, and let the government solve bigger problems.”

Plan to drag your stuff out to the curb on Saturday? Or, use other methods for getting rid of usable stuff you don’t want (such as Freecycle or Craigslist)? Let us know about it…

via the Zanesville Times Recorder

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