Creating Connections

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Make a Wish

Image description: A posy vase with a big dandelion and a small dandelion in a white windowsill. Wishes waiting to happen.
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We all have things that we’ve “always wanted to have”. Post it here. Maybe someone has one just waiting for you to speak up! I know a lot of us really get a kick out of being able to gift something that would mean a lot to someone else!

Here in your Buy Nothing community, there is no Ask too big and no Ask too small. To put this into practice, I HAVE AN ACTIVITY FOR US TODAY!

Big Ask Little Ask

I challenge each of you to think of something small that you would probably buy this week, something so small that you wouldn’t think to ask for it – and ask for it here! (Who knows if someone will have it to give to you, maybe they will!)

And then… think of something big that you would love to receive in your wildest dreams, something so big that you wouldn’t think to ask for it – and ask for it here! (Who knows if someone will have it to give you, maybe they will!)

Image description: child’s blocks stacked on top of each other to spell out Big Ask, Little Ask against a tile floor. Picture is black and white.
Image credit – Megan Wichmann

To Participate:
1) Put your big/small Asks in a comment on this thread. (I’ll start, so you can see what it might look like.)

2) Have fun looking through other people’s big/small Asks and seeing if they’re asking for something that you have to give. If so, please comment here (tagging their name) and tell them what you have for them. THEN, please move your conversation about pickup/drop off to private messages so we keep this thread somewhat tidy. Let the big and small asking and giving begin!!

First Gift Challenge

Image description: giraffe reaching out to grab a lettuce leaf from an outstretched masculine human arm

Image Credit: Jennifer Lansdowne

Have you joined but not offered a gift yet? This challenge is for you! Pick something you’d like to give today. It could be for an item as small as a stapler or as big as a couch.

It could be sharing your talent for cooking, gardening or anything else. It could be giving of your time to help post someone else’s items they want to give or to deliver items for a community member who doesn’t drive. 

What are you waiting for?

Go Fish

Hello, wonderful Buy Nothing community! Have you ever sat there looking at an item and said, “Wow, this would be great…if I had the other piece.” Maybe you have the lid to a blender, but no blender, maybe your neighbors have a blender with no lid! Maybe you have an adorable earring but hate to get rid of it, but who knows if someone else has a similar single hanging out.

If a match is made, the person asking gets to keep the complete match (kind of like “Go Fish!”), but if you’ve gone without using it this long, perhaps you’d rather gift it.

Post something that you need a part to or a match to here in the comments. 

Let’s see what we can re-assemble one piece at a time. I’ll start!

Image Credit: Liesl Clark
Image description – Beautiful black, brown, and white striped lionfish at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Sarasota, FL, USA.

Broken and Beautiful

Image description: Brown pair of shorts with tan fabric added to pockets along with some red embroidery. A hole near the zipper turned into a sun with embroidery.

Image Credit: Jennifer Lansdowne

For today’s challenge, think of something you have that is broken and beautiful, to give to someone who could make use of it, or to ask for a repair.

We all have things that we would hate to see go to waste, things that are meaningful, lovely and useful – but broken. If only someone could mend that strap, sew a patch onto that sweater with a hole, refurbish that dresser you inherited from your grandma, tighten that screw on an old, beloved chair, fix your laptop.

If you have the talent to fix, or would like to give to someone who can, this is a great place to do it.

Together let’s turn our trash into treasure!

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Image credit: Max Seinfield

Tell a Friend

#TellaFriendchallenge

Hello Buy Nothing community,

Thank you for joining! At BuyNothing our emphasis is on community sharing. We want to know and support our neighbors. Can you commit to help us build a thriving gifting community?
Please help introduce BuyNothing to others.

Let’s spread all of our goodness around. Tell your neighbors and friends who live near or far. Invite them. Send them the link to participate in this sharing space at https://www.buynothingapp.com/ so they can request to join.
No pressure, just fun!
Again, thank you so much for joining and the sky’s the only limit to what we can do.

Image description: Two wooden red ladybugs perched next to each other on a felt green leaf. 
Image Credit: Erik Tanghe from Pixabay 

Tell Friends about Buy Nothing

Thank you, thank you, thank you to those of you who want to spread the love and add your friends! 

If you have friends that you think would love to join us and they live nearby, please reach out to them directly and person-to-person, the BuyNothing way. You can give them the link to the app or even show them how to find it. 

Thanks again for wanting to spread the love.

Round Robin Traveling Gifts
Buy Nothing: Give Freely. Share creatively.

Image description: Robin sitting on a red perch with a green pine tree in the background.
Image credit: Oldiefan from Pixabay 
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Image description – Seven old suitcases, some with stickers on them, are stacked in a geometric pattern. They are faded colors of black, brown and blue.
Image credit – StockSnap from Pixabay

Join (or start!) a Round Robin Traveling Bag of Gifts to pass neighbor to neighbor to give and receive items of like things, but try them on and handle them before you commit to being their owner.

Remember – no member is required to give in order to receive.

All members participate at their own risk.

Round Robins can hold:
Hair Products
Tea Bags
Ribbon
Stationary & Greeting Cards
Bows & Giftwrap
Baby Clothing
Baby Bibs and Blankets
Youth Soccer Gear
Kitchen Gadgets
Puzzles
Yarn and Needles
Jewelry
Thread, Needles & Notions
Scrapbook Stickers & Embellishment
Friday Night Movies (DVDs)
Or you could be very Art Garfunkel and pass around a Round Robin of the Lonely Left Sock! Who knows who will own the mates for some? “Found the mate, great!” Match them up and take them home, or put them back for someone else to have a head start! Then relinquish your single socks to the Round Robin! These can also be used for dusting, cleaning or sock puppets!
My favorite pair of socks came from a Round Robin! Pro Tip: Mention Clean socks only.

Lending Library

Image Description – Black and white line drawing of various hand tools like a hammer, wrench, saw, and screwdriver.

Do you have an abundance of things you don’t want to give away, but certainly don’t use every day? Maybe you have a fondness for table linens or the perfectly sized crockpot for any occasion.

If you are interested in allowing neighbors to borrow your items, please consider adding them to the lending library!
Here’s how it works:
More coming very soon!

Tips: Highly recommended to exchange phone numbers, and setting a return date at the same time you’re scheduling pickup.

You may also feel that a face to face coordinated pickup makes you more comfortable lending, and it may help borrowers feel more accountable. It definitely helps make those neighborly connections that Buy Nothing is all about!

What do YOU have to lend to your neighbors?

Carpool Corner


Image description: Rebuilt older cars in bright red, green, pink and blue and shining metal parked in a parking lot
Image credit: vitaliy-m from Pixabay 

Would you like to share your commute with a neighbor? We all live close to each other, and many of us commute to the same areas, workplaces, and schools.

Carpooling is good for the environment, saves on gas, allows for breaks from the stress of driving, and helps us connect through conversation!

If you would like to find a carpool buddy, please make a post giving the details of your commute and maybe someone will be able to join you. 

Buy Nothing Day

Image description: A small brown box, tied with a tan bow, is held in two brown hands. The hands are outstretched over a tan and brown blurred rug.
Image credit: Kim Stiver from Pexels

Buy Nothing Day has been proposed!

Are you up for a challenge? On a day that many people will be out hunting for the best deals… we propose that instead, you flood this community with Buy Nothing offers and asks! On a day where the market pushes to “buy everything” that day, we will instead be buying nothing all day!

So…are you in?

#buynothingday

Giving Thanks

#Gratitude

Image description – Young brown feminine person with hair pulled back and a big smile hugs a brown masculine person with a tan hat on. She holds a box in her hand that may have been a gift. Both people wear colorfully embroidered clothing in red, white, black, blue and orange. They appear to be inside a home with dark green walls and a beige carpet. 
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There are so many “things” in our lives to be THANKFUL for… family, friends, health, wealth, etc. Today the challenge is to be THANKFUL. Post an ASK or a GIVE and tell us how you’re thankful.

For example…

“I’m thankful for the memories I have of baking cookies with my Grandmother when I was little. Does anyone have some cookie cutters or baking sheets that they can gift me?”

or

“I’m thankful for my good health, and the great recipes I got from this cookbook. Now it’s time for me to pass it along to the next person. Would anyone want it?”

What are you thankful for?