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How To Set Up Your Own Buy Nothing Group

Welcome to the Buy Nothing Community!

© Christa Hinchcliffe

© Christa Hinchcliffe

Want a Buy Nothing group in your own neighborhood? Here’s how to make it happen:

  1. Let us know that you would like to set up a group by sending us an email here.  We’ll set up a Facebook Group for your neighborhood – Since you know your region better than we do, think about what makes sort of an area makes sense as a single group; you’ll want an area large enough to gather a critical mass of members, but not so large geographically that it will be difficult for members to connect in person to share things.
  2. Your group will need one or two volunteer administrators. Group admins are responsible for answering questions and helping to keep the Buy Nothing culture developing in a kind way. If you can’t volunteer as the local administrator of your new local Buy Nothing group, recruit a friend who can!  From here on out, the directions will assume that you are going to be one of these administrators.
  3. If you don’t already have a Facebook account, you’ll need to create one. Buy Nothing Project groups connect online through Facebook group pages, so each Buy Nothing member needs a Facebook account.
  4. We’ll notify you when we’ve set up your group and will invite you to join, then upgrade you to administrator status. We’ll co-admin with you to help things run smoothly, answer questions, and share tips from other groups around the world.
  5. Invite your local friends to the new group, and ask each of them to invite their friends, and so on and so forth.
  6. Start posting! Groups need to see examples of every sort of interaction that Buy Nothing fosters: Things being given freely, things being ask for freely, items up for loan and sharing. The more there is to scroll through, the easier it is for new members to see how things work, and the more inspired everyone will be to add their own things to the mix.
  7. It’s that simple!
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© Liesl Clark
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71 comments on “How To Set Up Your Own Buy Nothing Group

  1. […] Want to add your region to this list? Learn how to start your own Buy Nothing Project. […]

    • I would like to set up my own project in my area, Syracuse ny-please e-mail me for details at McNamara.beth37@gmail.com

    • I would love to set up a BUY NOTHING PROJECT page for Mauriceville Texas and surrounding areas or Southeast Texas Golden Triangle Group. maybe? Not real sure.But this would be great!
      Thank you very much!

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      I am interested in setting up a group in my area

      • Hi Debbie, Thanks for your interest! If you’ve checked the list https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ and there isn’t a group for your community, please feel free to send us an email directly with information about where you reside, so you can take a look at the details for starting a group in your area.

        The email address is thebuynothingproject [at] gmail [dot] come. At the moment — just so you know what to expect — we’re all volunteers, many with families and jobs, and there has recently been a huge influx of new-group requests. Thanks in advance for your patience!

    • I love this idea and concept of sharing. I woudl like to start a group in Saratoga- Los Gatos California 95070

      • Hi Lorraine!

        If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

        If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond.

        https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

  2. I would like to start one in my area. I live in California in the bay area. I couldn’t find the email address to write to you. I just signed up to follow you on wordpress. let me know where to find the email and i’d be glad to email you to get set up! ~lisa c

  3. […] in circulation, passing them on to those who need them. As thanks to our members, and to entice new groups to form in other parts of the country, here’s a wee peek into our incredibly giving Buy Nothing […]

  4. […] your area?  Liesl has all the information you will need and will help you to get it started, just click here to learn more and get involved in your community, no matter where you live.  Let’s all begin […]

  5. I would like to set a group for Todd County, MN cynthi063@yahoo.com

  6. I would like to start one for Ocean Beach, Point Loma CA 92107.

  7. […] Want to add your region to this list? Learn how to start your own Buy Nothing Project. […]

  8. Id love to be involved in this! I live in Montesano Wa and would love to be an admin!

  9. Love this idea. I am interested in doing a buynothing group for south eastern Idaho. Would you send me more information scaryluker@gmail.com

  10. I’d like to set up a group in the Sacramento/Davis area in NorCal. Thanks!
    Stephanie@StephanieTeagueEvents.com

    • Hi, did you ever set this group up? I was looking for a Buy Nothing Project for Davis and was also considering setting up a group here, but first I thought I’d scroll through the comments to see if anyone else is in the process of doing it already.

  11. Hi there! I live in Gothenburg, Sweden and would love to start a Buy Nothing page here. Thanks!!!

  12. Is there a vashon island one? If not can we get one, I’ll volunteer admin.

  13. I would like to start a buy nothing group in Greensburg and Batesville, Indiana. This is a rural area with two mid sized towns. Thanks.

  14. Hi, I am interested in setting one up for the Toronto, Ontario area of Canada. Thank you 🙂

  15. I would like to set one up for Santa Clara and Sunnyvale in the Bay area!

  16. I would like to setup a group in Naches, Wa. How do I get started?

  17. Can you please tell me more about the responsibilities of an admin? I live in an area of two small towns but would cover 17K people, would that be too large?

  18. Hi! I would love to set up a group in my area in South Australia (City of Marion). Thanks!

  19. i would like to set up group for Glasgow, Scotland

  20. I am interested in starting a West Roseville California group. There is currently a central Roseville group, but I don’t live within the parameters.

  21. I would love to begin a group for my city, North Bay ON. From my experience in other groups, there is a real need for this type of project in our community. It would be a pleasure to admin and be a part of growing it!

  22. How will I know the status of the creation for the group, please?

    • Hi, Virginia! Have you sent an email to thebuynothingproject@gmail.com with your location details to get a group started? If so, please let me know. If you haven’t yet, go ahead and send an email with the location details of where you want to start a group and we can help you get started. Thank you!

  23. *
    Please email me with info regarding starting a group in my area of Modesto California. Thank you.

    • Hi Robin, Thanks for your interest! If you’ve checked the list https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ and there isn’t a group for your community, we’d love to have a group in your neighborhood!
      To start a group in your neighborhood (or learn more about what would be involved in doing sohttps://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/ ), the next step is to follow up with a Development admin. You will need to work together to define a manageable area. (A map you can both access may be helpful in this process.) Please feel free to send us an email directly with information about where you reside, so you can take a look at the details for starting a group in your area.
      The email address is thebuynothingproject [at sign] gmail. At the moment — just so you know what to expect — we’re all volunteers, many with families and jobs, and there has recently been a huge influx of new-group requests. Thanks in advance for your patience!

      • Ok! Let’s get this started! I’m in Buckley, WA. Don’t know if there’s a group up here, but would love to start one. Already have this community spirit going: hauled horse manure from my neighbor across the street for the garden. Total labor of love, dug up 150 sf of old grass/sod, planting tomorrow!!! Will offer neighbor kids weeding jobs for a little spend-o over the summer and they get to understand (and reap the rewards of) a home garden! Yay!

      • Good news! We have a group in Buckley already! Here’s the link to that group:

        https://www.facebook.com/groups/659684187451570/

        Just click on the link and submit a request to join your local group! Have a wonderful weekend!

  24. Hello again! I just commented on another page of yours but now I think that maybe I should have commented on this page. Lol! I searched your list of Buy Nothings in Pennsylvania and I am unable to find one super close to my location, 15317. I am from Canonsburg but I believe that surrounding communities like Washington and Peter’s Twp would also benefit from a page here in Canonsburg. This assumption is based on several yardsale pages that I am also a member of on Facebook. This project is AMAZING!! I must be a part of it!!

  25. Hi, good evening. I just got back from a trip from my hometown in San Diego and learned about this movement. I love the idea of finding new homes for seasoned items or sharing skills and skill sets to those up for growing together whIle learning about your neighbors. I searched my area and don’t have a group. I live at the San Francisco/Daly City border. My immediate neighborhood has a slight identity crisis, because of its geography. I have no problem being considered Daly City, since it literally begins 1 street behind me or San Francisco/outer Mission since it is my zip code. I look forward to hearing from you.

    I like to consider myself going through a transitional downsizing, I moved from a big house in Southern California to a cozy one here. It’s been 6 years and I am finally ready to commit to the downsize. I also am a crafter and avid reader, the idea of taking this opportunity to grow my social circle would be awesome. Any ideas or suggestions youay have, I would greatly appreciate. Thank you in advance. -Jenny Caballero

    • Hi! Did you find your hyper-local Buy Nothing community group? Please have a look at the list, and copy/paste the link for your neighborhood into your browser, which will then give you an option to ‘request to join.’ https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ If there isn’t one in your area, you might consider starting one! There’s a link on the website about how to go about doing that. Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  26. *
    I would like to start a buy nothing group in Northeast tacoma and Browns Point..what do I do?

  27. *
    I would like some tips on how to start a Buy Nothing group on my area. Thank you.

    • Hello Sheila! Thanks for your interest! If you’ve checked the list https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ and there isn’t a group for your community, we’d love to have a group in your neighborhood!
      To start a group in your neighborhood (or learn more about what would be involved in doing so https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/ ), the next step is to follow up with a Development admin. You will need to work together to define a manageable area. (A map you can both access may be helpful in this process.) Please feel free to send us an email directly with information about where you reside, so you can take a look at the details for starting a group in your area.
      The email address is thebuynothingproject [at sign] gmail. At the moment — just so you know what to expect — we’re all volunteers, many with families and jobs, and there has recently been a huge influx of new-group requests. Thanks in advance for your patience!

  28. *
    I’d love to see one in Rochester Ny

    • Hi Ann 🙂 Thanks for your interest in the Buy Nothing Project! To start a group, all it takes is a local person willing to be admin for a group in their community, and we’d love to have a group in your neighborhood!
      To start a group (or learn more about what would be involved in doing so https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/ ), the next step is to follow up with a Development admin. You will need to work together to define a manageable area. (A map you can both access may be helpful in this process.) Please feel free to send us an email directly with information about where you reside, so you can take a look at the details for starting a group in your area.
      The email address is thebuynothingproject [at sign] gmail. At the moment — just so you know what to expect — we’re all volunteers, many with families and jobs, and there has recently been a huge influx of new-group requests. Thanks in advance for your patience!

  29. *
    Hello, I’d like to start a group in my area but can’t seem to wrap my head around which size is the magical “right” size group. Know what I mean? I live in a pretty densely populated area, is my zipcode too large? small? Ack! Help please. HH.

    • Hi Harriet! Thanks for your interest! If you’ve checked the list https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ and there isn’t a group for your community, we’d love to have a group in your neighborhood!
      To start a group (or learn more about what would be involved in doing so https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/ ), the next step is to follow up with a Development admin. You will need to work together to define a manageable area. (A map you can both access may be helpful in this process.) Please feel free to send us an email directly with information about where you reside, so you can take a look at the details for starting a group in your area.
      The email address is thebuynothingproject [at sign] gmail. At the moment — just so you know what to expect — we’re all volunteers, many with families and jobs, and there has recently been a huge influx of new-group requests. Thanks in advance for your patience!

  30. *
    Is there a BuyNothing group for the Bronx?? (In New York city) If not, I would love to help start one!!

    • Hi Alisha 🙂 Thanks for your interest! If you’ve checked the list https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ and there isn’t a group for your community, we’d love to have a group in your neighborhood!
      To start a group (or learn more about what would be involved in doing so https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/ ), the next step is to follow up with a Development admin. You will need to work together to define a manageable area. (A map you can both access may be helpful in this process.) Please feel free to send us an email directly with information about where you reside, so you can take a look at the details for starting a group in your area.
      The email address is thebuynothingproject [at sign] gmail. At the moment — just so you know what to expect — we’re all volunteers, many with families and jobs, and there has recently been a huge influx of new-group requests. Thanks in advance for your patience!

  31. I am super excited to have found your group! This is a life code that I fully believe in and its so great to find like minded individuals to connect with to spread this helpful happiness around. I live in a rural community settled at the base of Mt. Rainer and although its a small town there are many neighboring communities located all around the town limits. This is so perfect for all of us.

  32. Hi, My sister and daughter live in Philly and love buynothing. They love giving to their community and also find many items they can get, too.

  33. I just got to the Tacoma area from Portland Oregon I am a stage 4 pancreatic Cancer patient I had to leave on A h hurry I have no coat long sleeve s hurts or sweats or jeans can you please help me

    • Hi Tina,

      Did you find your hyper-local Buy Nothing community group? Please have a look at the list, and copy/paste the link for your neighborhood into your browser, which will then give you an option to ‘request to join.’

      There are currently 7 groups for Tacoma Washington. To find the one for your specific area, please check the list for Washington with the link below, and scroll all the way down to the Tacoma section. https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/#WA

      Also if you have already sent a request to join, there is a chance someone has already sent you a Facebook message.

      Remember to check your message folders in addition to the in-box.
      Filtered (Other): https://www.facebook.com/messages/other

      Message Requests: https://www.facebook.com/messages/pending

      Once approved you can make a request for the items you are requiring. Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  34. Yes! We are in a rural community who would love this! Paynesville,mn. ❤

    • Hi Theresa!

      If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

      Let us know if you’re interested, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond.

      https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  35. This is exactly what I’ve been searching for! I’d like to start a buy nothing group in my area.

    • Hi Rhonda!

      If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

      If you’re interested, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond.

      https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  36. I would like to start a buy nothing group for colstrip, mt

    • Hi Wendy,

      If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

      If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond.

      https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  37. I’d love to see/start one in Oakdale/Maplewood/North St. Paul (Minnesota). Thanks!

    • Hi Jenny,

      If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

      If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond.

      https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  38. Good evening!
    My name is Edwin Garcia and I would like to create a buy nothing project in my area . I currently live in Holyoke , MA.

    • Hi Edwin!

      If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

      If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond.

      https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

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