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Start a Group

© Liesl Clark

© Liesl Clark

Welcome to the Buy Nothing Community! All of our Buy Nothing groups are part of a network of worldwide groups that we officially set up and monitor so that each group has the same giving and sharing culture we’ve worked hard to perfect in our two and a half years of running this social experiment.

Want a Buy Nothing group in your own neighborhood? If you’d like to become part of our extended Buy Nothing Project network, we need to set up your group for you – Please don’t go rogue and do it alone. Our name, documents, artwork and photography is proprietary and copyrighted. Also, admins will need access to a personal computer or laptop. Here’s how we can set up your new group for you:
  1. Let us know that you would like to admin a group by sending us an email to thebuynothingproject<at>gmail<dot>com.  We’ll set up a Facebook Group for your neighborhood – Since you know your region better than we do, think about what 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. Our groups serve areas of UP TO 50,000 people, so please try to keep your region well within that upper limit.
  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. We’ll also invite you to join our project admin support group, the go-to place for all our BN admins to ask questions and receive the support and materials they need to run a hyper-local gift economy.
  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!

Once you send us a request to start a new group, if you haven’t heard back in a week, please check your ‘spam folder’ in your email system in case you missed our reply, and thanks for your patience! Our volunteer development admin team is working 24/7 in order to respond to the many inquiries received each day.

© Liesl Clark
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  1. Hi there! Would love to start a group in Monroeville, Pa, as we do not have one! Thank you kindly. xxoo

  2. *I am in Ireland any group here

  3. Hi! My name is annie burklund. Just moved to the lake stevens Washington area and I’m interested in joining a group in my area. I live near the northeast side of the lake, so I’m not sure which group is best for me. I have stuff if like to donate and some things I’m interested in finding. :)….love, love,love the idea of this site!

    • Hi, Annie! Did you find the hyper-local Buy Nothing community group for your area? Below is the link for Buy Nothing Lake Stevens (Northeast). Just copy/paste the link for your neighborhood into your browser, which will then give you an option to ‘request to join.’ Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/780187858769853/

  4. I would like to join your group for I am in need of house held stuff and furniture I have a one year old and we just got an apartment and don’t have anything

  5. Hi, my name is Armazik and I would like to join the buy nothing group of Livonia North, in MI.
    Please let me know what kind of information you need in order to join.
    Thanks

    P.s. You can call me “Amy”

  6. Hi, I went to the link, and there is a box, which says pending, I do not find any other clickable box to request to join!!!

  7. I wonder, am I now a member of Livonia North group?
    Could someone confirm? I am a bit confused how it works, all I get is an email from WordPress.com
    Thanks

  8. I would really like to join this group. I live by capital medical hospital.

    • Hi, Nickie! Did you find your hyper-local Buy Nothing community group? I am not sure where you are located based on the information you gave, so 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/ Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  9. *
    I emailed about starting a group for Columbia, SC about a month ago but have not heard anything.

    • Hi Jennifer … apologies for the delay. Have you checked your email ‘spam filter’ or folder for a message from one of the Buy Nothing Project volunteer development admins? Sometimes the messages go astray. Hoping to connect the dots with you soon! Thanks for your patience. ~ Shelley

      • I have checked my spam folder. And I haven’t seen anything in my inbox about it either. I’ve tried searching but don’t see anything.

  10. I want to join the group in federal way. Just let me know what else information you need about me.

    • Hello! Did you find the hyper-local Buy Nothing community group for your area? Below is the link for both Federal Way groups. Pick the one closest to where you live or look at the description on the right-hand side of the main page to see what area each covers. Just copy/paste the link for your neighborhood into your browser, which will then give you an option to ‘request to join.’ Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

      Buy Nothing Federal Way West: https://www.facebook.com/groups/113116842362265/
      Buy Nothing Federal Way East: https://www.facebook.com/groups/789284104517619/

  11. Hi. I would like to start a bn group in Las Vegas, NV.
    Please email me at (xxx)

    Thanks,
    Julie

    • Hi Julie, Thank you for your messages regarding starting a new Buy Nothing group for your community! Please check your email spam folder for a message from Mari, who is part of the development team for new group set up … sometimes the email replies go missing.

      And, 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!

  12. I would like to start or to be in the group.

  13. Thank you so much for your reply. I only asked because I saw that comments made after mine had been getting responded to. I appreciate all of your hard work and busy time away from your family and life. I he led my email and every possible folder that I never even knew I had. Lol. I haven’t been able to find any emails. I’m wondering if you(meaning anyone) can try and resend it to juliecookportraits@gmail.com. Thank you for your help. Have a good night!

    Julie

  14. […] Find your local Buy Nothing Group and start enjoying the benefits!  If there isn’t one in your area, considering starting one for your neighborhood. […]

  15. *
    Hello. I checked the list and didn’t find my city on it and then emailed you with my interest and haven’t heard back. I have looked in my spam folder and nothing is there either. It’s been about a week.

    • Thank you for your messages regarding starting a new Buy Nothing group for your community! Please check your email soon (and spam folder) for a message from Mari, who is part of the development team for new group set up. And, 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!

  16. *
    Sent an email regarding becoming an admin for a group in the Sullivan County NY area🙂

    • Thank you for your messages regarding starting a new Buy Nothing group for your community! Please keep an eye on your email spam folder for a message from Connie, who is part of the development team for new group set up … sometimes the email replies go missing.

      And, 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!

  17. Is there a group started in my area already? (*address removed for privacy*)

    • Hi, Beneth! Did you find the hyper-local Buy Nothing community group for your area? Below is the link for Buy Nothing Marysville (South). Just copy/paste the link for your neighborhood into your browser, which will then give you an option to ‘request to join.’ Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/502654653222229/

  18. I have just bought a place here in Key Largo for our winter and spring months. Otherwise we live in Pa. Can I be a part of your group.

  19. I’d like to join the Buy Nothing group but can’t seem to find Chris K in order to send him a message. Seems there are quite a few Chris K’s on Facebook. Might someone offer further contact information? I live in Tarrytown, NY.

    • Hello! Thanks for your comment. You shouldn’t need to look up a particular person on Facebook in order to join. If you go to your local Buy Nothing’s Facebook page, just click on “Request to Join” and the admin will begin the process of verifying your membership. Hope that helps!

  20. I need to find a group in my area down town Tacoma

    • Hi, Marci! Did you find your hyper-local Buy Nothing community group? We have quite a few groups in Tacoma. 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/ Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  21. I would like to join. Live in Snohomish wa. Thank-you

  22. Hello, is this group still active?

  23. I would love to join the Lakewood ,areas groups.

    • Hi, Cynthia! 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.’ We have several groups listed as Lakewood in a couple of different states. Just find your state and look for the Lakewood link!

      https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  24. *
    I would love to set up a group for my area! Such a positive cause!

    • Hello Kaelyn, 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!

  25. *
    What an amazing idea! I’d love to start a group in my neighborhood!

    • Hi Lindsey🙂 We appreciate your enthusiasm for the Buy Nothing Project! 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!

  26. I’m interested in joining this group.. I live on the east side of tacoma wa.. what do I need to do to join?

    • Hi, Wendi! Did you find the hyper-local Buy Nothing community group for your area? Below is the link for Buy Nothing Tacoma Eastside. Just copy/paste the link for your neighborhood into your browser, which will then give you an option to ‘request to join.’ Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/214543638738420/

  27. Hello, I love the idea of the buy nothing project. I’m a very active local minded parent in our community and would prefer to join a group rather than start one, but was refused acces to the neighboring town with whom we share a zip code, a telephone exchange and most of the local groups and businesses. I’m from Union CT, literally the smallest town in CT. We have a very small population of only 300 families, but as I say, we share many if not just things with our neighboring town Stafford springs. I’d like to find a local group we can belong to, but I don’t know if I gave the time to admin the group, but maybe.

  28. How do I join the buy nothing group in Oregon, Clackamas county.

  29. Wow-great idea! Yes-would like to join!

  30. Sending a request to join a group in downtown Renton

  31. Hi, my name is Wendy C I’m from Montreal Quebec in Canada . I would like to know if there a group in my city if not how to start one.

    Thank you ! : )
    Ps : You can call me Dy.

  32. How do I opt out of getting email notifications of comments on this thread? Thanks.

    • Hey, Robyn!

      I believe you can go into your wordpress settings and change your email notifications. Or you should be able to opt-out at the bottom of the email itself. Hopefully, that will work! Let us know if you are still having issues!

  33. Hi!! Iwould like to join in this group

    • Hi, Teresa! Did you find the hyper-local Buy Nothing community group for your area? Below is the link for Buy Nothing Issaquah. You mentioned in another comment that you live in this area. Just copy/paste the link for your neighborhood into your browser, which will then give you an option to ‘request to join.’ Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

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

  34. We would love to join a group in Marysville, Washington North

    • Hi, Nancy! Did you find the hyper-local Buy Nothing community group for your area? Below is the link for Buy Nothing Marysville North/Smokey Point. Just copy/paste the link for your neighborhood into your browser, which will then give you an option to ‘request to join.’ Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/385810684955916/

  35. Curious to know what kind of time commitment might be reasonable for an administrator starting a new group – and maybe of a more mature group? thx

    • Hey, Leslie –

      Each volunteer admin can make decisions about how much time they have to offer. Some offer an hour or two a week, others offer more. It is completely up to you and how many co-admins your group has. Co-admins make the fun stuff more merry, connect you to some new neighbors in a very unique way, and share the roles and responsibilities (and time commitments). This is true for a new group, as well as a more mature group.

      Hope that makes sense!

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment! Being an admin is a ton of fun!

  36. Hi! I am a little confused about how everything works on buy nothing? I want to join a group and am not sure how to. Your guidance would be much appreciated!

    • Hi, Kim! 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/

      That’s Step 1!

      Once you request to join, the local admin will reach out and ask for you to verify a bit of information in order to join. They will do this via private messaging on Facebook or by tagging you in a comment in the group. Once you have verified the information, you are free to begin posting or requesting what you see. Most members do this by making a post, sharing a photo of what you have that you’d like to gift, and just writing a note describing what the item is. Write it just like you’d be talking to your neighbor on your street because you probably are!

      If you see something that you’d like, we ask members to express their interest in the comments (check to make sure the item hasn’t already been gifted) and wait until the gifter chooses a recipient.

      That’s it! Pretty easy!

      If you want to read more:

      https://buynothingproject.org/the-fine-print-2/

      https://buynothingproject.org/about/mission-and-principles/

      https://buynothingproject.org/about/faqs/

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  37. nice one…

  38. Would love to see a group for Tyler, Texas. However, I do not care to be an administrator.

    • Hi, Lynette! 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 or know someone who is – send a message to thebuynothingproject@gmail.com with your location details, and we’ll start from there!

  39. I don’t want to start a group, but would love to join the group in Shoreline, WA… that’s where I live…thx

    • Hi, Avalyn! Did you find your hyper-local Buy Nothing community group? We have 5 groups in the Shoreline area. 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/ Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  40. Girlfriend just told me about this website. We live in Arlington, WA. and I would like to join this group.

    • Hi, Carolyn! Did you find the hyper-local Buy Nothing community group for your area? Below is the link for Buy Nothing Arlington, WA. Just copy/paste the link for your neighborhood into your browser, which will then give you an option to ‘request to join.’ Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/618017778333743/

  41. This is my first time here so I have no idea how it works? Someone told me that I post or ask what I want… Anyway here goes I am looking 4 a ….

    • Hi, Proscovia! Did you find your hyper-local Buy Nothing community group? Each local group has a local Facebook page where you can post or ask for what you might want or need! 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/ Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  42. Hello. I want to join the group in strassen. Thomas edison .thank you

  43. Hi, I live closest to brier. That is the most convenient place for me to drive around for some like this. Thanks.

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