Freecycle is a network where individual’s advertise the things they want to get rid of. The idea is that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” In this case, it is a way of getting children’s clothing for free; however, there are a couple of things you should be aware of when using Freecycle.
Freecycle is free. Just be sure to sign up for the area that is in your neighborhood and surrounding city. Picking up children’s clothing out of your area is going to cost you more in gas than the clothes themselves are worth.
You are expected to pick up the clothing as soon as possible. The whole point of posting stuff on Freecycle is to get rid of stuff fast. So, if you can’t manage a quick pickup, then someone might grab the opportunity before you can get there. You have to move fairly quickly on these offers to get what you want.
If you are nervous about picking stuff up from a house, you can arrange to meet in a populated place such as a grocery store parking lot. You also want to have someone with you for your own safety. Also, be aware of your surroundings. If any point you feel uncomfortable, you should leave the area immediately.
Condition of the clothing might also be a huge issue. Often times, you don’t know exactly what condition the clothes are in until you pick them up. There maybe some good pieces, and there may be some that are meant for the trash. You may get a mix of both. There are no guarantees on Freecycle, and giving the clothing back is not an option.
Freecycle is one way to find children’s clothing. Sometimes, they just don’t want to go to donation center. This way you both get what you want. They get rid of the stuff, and you get new children’s clothing.