I am thrilled to announce that Full Circles 6th bi-annual Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market is officially partnering with Used Everywhere to take freecycling further out of the box!
As the creator of Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market, I asked the Full Circles team to allow me to create a truly money free event that was cost free, right down to the insurance and permit protection we needed.
We worked hard to find ways to insure the safety of the public and to operate within the acceptable limits of City legislation. Taking any kind of monetary donation to purchase items for the market having come this far would compromise all we have done to ensure that the Full Circles ORRFM is really really free!
In Fact, Full Circles-ORRFM has not spent one dime since its inception. Not for a location, transportation, tables, photocopies, insurance or even an event permit!
Full Circles-Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market has entered into a contract with Used Everywhere accepting in kind trade for tangible items the market needed that are permanent, reusable as well as feasible and timely. Used Everywhere is providing us with a much needed market banner, direction signs, volunteer shirts and advertising!
Not one penny will pass between the two groups!
Used Everywhere will be at this years spring market to launch the social media tag #ShouldaUsed using Instagram and Twitter. Depending on the city your in your tag will indicate which city, a general location and a pic. You can meet the Used Ottawa Team and get on board to help both Full Circles and Used Everywhere take freecycling to even more people.
Full Circles and Used Everywhere hope to encourage people everywhere who see good usable items on the “curbside” to take that good item that for some reason someone put in the trash! Maybe you don’t want or need it but you realize that this item should not be going to the garbage. Take the opportunity to earn your wings! There’s a free treasure sitting on the side of the road and you could be the hero that saves the world with a pic, a hash tag and a post, its just that easy.
Coast to coast, city to city good usable items are being put in landfills instead of being used. Full Circles and Used Everywhere want you to know that your garbage is gold and if you spent the energy to carry a good usable item to the curb you #ShouldaUsedOttawa or at the very least you #CouldaUsedFCO. What’s a few key strokes vs. carrying it to the curb? You know its free to post an add on Used Everywhere don’t you?
Just because its old and ugly doesn’t mean someone else doesn’t want it. The only stigma attached to the item that you can use and don’t give away for free is the one you attached to that item. You don’t have to join a freecycling venue you can freecycle outside the box. If your not into memberships, you #ShouldaUsedOttawa and not the curb!
The word “freecycle” is tainted by the belief that if there is money involved its better off put in the garbage. There are so many ways to save this planet personally without ever hugging a tree. Picking up the item you need on the curb doesn’t make you a cretin. You now have created a better lifestyle, put a few bucks in your own pocked and saved the landfill from an item that isn’t garbage. No more keeping up with the Jones, the grass is just as green on your side of the fence.
Why not pay it forward? Used Everywhere is giving you an opportunity to earn your wings with a random act of freecycling kindness as well as doing right by the environment. If you can’t use it but you can take a pic and post it then tag it so everyone knows that because someone else #ShouldaUsedOttawa or #CouldaUsedFCO another person can get something they want or need and its free!
Freecycling groups like Full Circles, ReUseit, and Freecycle are closed communities offering you a different way to get what you want or to give away what you don’t need. These venues offer you privacy and the ability to exercise freedom of choice for where the gift you offer goes.
Free user friendly services like UsedEverywhere give you a larger market to pass on an item that still has monetary value in society for those who want to be part of the upgrade crowd but aren’t able to afford who they “wannabe”. In the end the same service that made you realize that the item didn’t have value can also offer you a venue to still have that item taken and used instead of walking it to the trash just change the value to free!
Remember that you can give items away on all of these online services but the one thing that Full Circles Ottawa and Used Everywhere want you to know is that even if you ignore us, the least you could do is separate that good item you put on the curb and put a sign on it that says… FREE!
If your the person with too much stuff who thinks that because you don’t use it that its garbage you #ShouldaUsedOttawa or you #CouldaUsedFCO…we now have a way to use self directed diversion simply by using social media.
Thanks to Used Everywhere, freecycling for Full Circles Network members is even further out of the box.
Meet the Used Everywhere Media Team at Full Circles-Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market.
DROP WHAT YOU DON’T WANT; TAKE WHAT YOU NEED! IT’S ALL FREE!
8 A.M. June 8, 2013
206 Montreal Road
Free eWaste on Site provided by certified OES collector RD Long Computers.
I am Kelly Ann Wilson creator of Full Circles Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market and I believe that there is so much stuff that whether you purchase it second hand or are given it for free that you are saving the world from one more manufactured item.