Originally Posted by Milton
...in many cases people who are prisoners to 'stuff' they no longer use would be happy to give it away if they could easily find someone who would value it. The thought of wasting 'perfectly good' stuff often keeps people from junking things.
This certainly is a problem in our Western society. We seem to have some kind of mental block against using used stuff. It's gotta be new. There's almost a perceived stigma to admitting that you would use used stuff. Yet there is way too much out there sitting idle. Tons and tons of it filling up people's homes, and overflowing into rented storage. Stuff that people bought because they were sucked in by advertising; believed they'd use it; used it once or twice or a few times; then tucked it away -- out of sight out of mind, often for years and years and years. The stuff accumulates, build up, mercilessly - just
Freecycling groups; fullcircles groups
; and usedanywhere.com groups are great for EASILY
giving away stuff to people who would value and USE it. People who aren't afflicted with the stigma tend to join and frequent these groups. They don't have a problem using used stuff. But, you have to have patience. Sometimes it takes a while to get someone to actually come and pick up your unwanted stuff. There's so much stuff for these folks to pick and choose from!