Build A Buy Nothing Gift Economy

© Liesl Clark
© Liesl Clark

The Buy Nothing Project is a worldwide network of local gift economies. You can create your own Buy Nothing Gift Economy Community in many ways.

  • We’re developing a free app that will be available to the world. Our app is a custom-built platform that allows each of us to create a Buy Nothing community that meets us where we are. You can learn more about it here BuyNothing app.  
  • You can learn about how to build community the Buy Nothing way in our free Buy Nothing Academy.
  • You can set up a Buy Nothing community in a Facebook group. You’ll find all of our freely-given resources to do this here.
  • You can set up a Buy Nothing community on another platform using any of the resources in the Freesources section of our public Buy Nothing Library. We hope you’ll also use these Helpful Posts to get things started.
  • You can set up a Buy Nothing community in person and offline. That’s how this whole thing started, and we have freely-given tools here that you can use to set up in-person gift economy events.
  • Have you already built your Buy Nothing gift economy? If you’d like to be listed on our worldwide list of Buy Nothing gift economies, please fill out this form
 

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  1. Hi Angel,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently http://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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

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

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  2. Hi Sue,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently http://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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

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

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  3. Hi Vicki,

    If you are still interested in becoming a volunteer Admin for a new Buy Nothing group to cover your location, please just go ahead and fill out the form as best as you are able. Sharing your URL is not necessary, it is just helpful if you know it.

    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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  4. Hi Tina,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently http://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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

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

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  5. Hi Jose,

    The best way to have your group become an official Buy Nothing group in our network is to 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, and will be able to work with you in getting your group to be part of our network.

    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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

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

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  6. Hi TJ,

    Thanks for offering your time to the Buy Nothing Project. I can confirm we’ve received your inquiry. Your Development Admin has made a notation that she has sent an email on February 15th. If you haven’t replied already, please look for the email, it may be in “spam”.

    It’s great to know you have an Admin team put together already!

  7. I’d like to start a buy nothing Group here in florid. I was a member of one in the north end tacoma Washington. I’d like to share this with Florida.

  8. Hi, I would like to start a Buy Nothing group in Elmhurst, IL. There currently is no such group in my community.

  9. Hi Chad,

    To participate in the Buy Nothing Project, where you can give freely, share creatively and ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow; you’ll need to find and join the group in your neighborhood from this list: http://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ which is updated frequently.

    Best of luck with your search for a mini fridge!

  10. Hi Mayya,

    Thanks for offering your time to the Buy Nothing Project! I can confirm we’ve received your inquiry for a group, in mid-February. Your Development Admin will be in touch when she is able. She is the most experienced, so when she gets to your request things should move rather swiftly. She however does handle more inquires than other Development Admins. In the meantime I suggest you take the time to read over the pages of the website. To get a better feel for the role of Local Admin, I’d suggest starting here: buynothingproject.org/join-our-team/

    Thanks again!

  11. Unfortunately, Spotsylvania spreads all over the place, unlike Fredericksburg, where I do everything, so I dont believe it would work for me. Maybe if someone starts it, I can see how it is and go from there. without actually seeing what this group does, seeing examples of their posts and comments, it’s difficult to know whether to proceed or not.

  12. Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for your kind comments. If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently http://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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

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

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  13. Hi Sonya,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently http://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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

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

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  14. Hi Megan,

    I can confirm we’ve received your request for a group in early February. There is nothing further for you to do at this point. In time a Development Admin will send an email to the address provided.

    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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    In the meantime you might find it helpful to read over this page which gives an overview of the Admin role: https://buynothingproject.org/join-our-team/

    Thanks for offering your time to the Buy Nothing Project!

  15. Hi Marilia,

    Thanks for offering your time to the Buy Nothing Project! I can confirm we’ve received your inquiry Feb 21st.

    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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    Thanks again, we look forward to having you join the Admin team!

  16. Hi Amy,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently http://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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

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

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  17. Hi Christina,

    To participate in the Buy Nothing Project, where you can give freely, share creatively and ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow; you’ll need to find and join the group in your neighborhood from this list: http://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ which is updated frequently.

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  18. Good morning,

    I submitted a requested in January to start a group in Salinas, CA. Do you know when I might hear back with more information?

    Thank you!

    Nichole

    Sent from my iPhone

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  19. Hi Sharon,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list for all of Florida http://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/#FL ), 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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

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

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  20. Hi Dorothy,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list for all the groups in Illinois http://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/#IL ), 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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

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

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  21. Hi Melanie,

    The best way to learn if the area in which you live is suitable is to fill out our form, and have such a discussion with the Development Admin for your area. If you have the time to give to the Project, then we can work with you to decided on which area to cover, and help you make it work. Once a new Admin joins the team they have a lot of resources to help, and plenty of experienced Admins to help them along the way.

    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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

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

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  22. Hi Jean,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently http://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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

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

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  23. Hello! I requested to start a group in New York, Manhattan, East Village back in January. I was wondering what the status of my request is? Thank you!

  24. Hi Esther,

    Thanks for offering your time to the Buy Nothing Project. I can confirm we have received both of your inquiries in mid-February. 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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    In the meantime I’d suggest you take time to check out the website, starting with this page which will give a general overview for the role: buynothingproject.org/join-our-team/

    Thanks again for offering your time, we look forward to when you are part of the Buy Nothing Admin team!

  25. I would love to start a South Reno group. I know several ladies in our community that would love to get this going and participate in spreading the word about this wonderful group!

  26. Hello! I submitted a request to start a group in Solon Ohio several days ago and never rec’d a FB message about it. I just wanted to double check that you rec’d my request or else i can fill the form out again. In our area we have a mommy-buy-sell group that spans the cities surrounding my cities and it works really well (bainbridge, solon, twinsburg, aurora, chagrin and reminderville). 🙂 Thank you!

  27. Hi Emily,

    I can confirm we have received both submissions of your inquiry for a new group 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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

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

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  28. Hi Sara,

    Thanks for offering your time to the Buy Nothing Project. I can confirm we have received your inquiry for a new group, 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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    Thanks again!

  29. Hi Noel,

    To participate in the Buy Nothing Project, where you can give freely, share creatively and ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow; you’ll need to find and join the group in your neighborhood from this list: http://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ which is updated frequently.

    However, if there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community, 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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

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

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  30. Hi Elizabeth,

    Thanks for offering your time to the Buy Nothing Project. I can confirm we have received your request for a new group, 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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

  31. Hi Tanya,

    Thanks for offering your time to the Buy Nothing Project. I can confirm we have received your request for a new group, 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. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

  32. Thank you Stacy! 🙂 I’ll look forward to hearing from someone soon.

  33. Hello I would love to start a program in my area of Brooklyn ny called sunset park

  34. Hi Sheila: Thanks for getting in touch with us. If you’d like to start a Buy Nothing gift economy in your neighborhood, do fill out our “Start A Group” form here on our website, and sign up for one of the training sessions there on the form, and you’ll be on your way!

  35. My daughter lives in Lake/Marion County and both of us have looked on the list and are not able to find either. Marion County is the third largest county in Florida and I would think someone has started a group. Please let me know where else to look.
    Thank you

  36. Hi! Looking to start a group for New Haven, CT (Fair Haven and Fair Haven Heights). Thanks!

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