I have to share with you about the beauty of Freecycle.org. I have been a member of my local group now for several years. The Freecycle Network is made up of 4,728 groups with 6,632,000 members across the globe. It's an entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. Membership is free. To sign up, find your community here.
A couple of cool personal stories to share about Freecycle. Russ and I actually got married by someone on Freecycle. We advertised looking for someone inexpensive to perform our ceremony, and we found someone! A lovely lady was most gracious to do it for us on a sunny afternoon in January. Happy times, and it didn't cost us a thing. :)
Recently, Russ spotted a trampoline advertised on Freecycle and responded asking if we might pick it up for the kids. Because of the size of our local group things tend to go faster than some other areas might. We were told that there were a couple of people that responded ahead of us, but if no one showed up, we would be next in line. Well, guess what? She called us the next day! The kids now have a HUGE trampoline in our backyard that would have easily cost us $350 at Walmart. Russ finished putting it together this evening and they had a blast trying it out!