If you are like me the thought of spring cleaning isn’t very appealing. It gets easier and easier to just toss stuff in the garbage. Before you toss, consider either selling or giving it away. This spring I have scored some great deals via our own HSO classified ads, Craigslist, freecycle.org and random garage sales. So far I found a super sweet 7-speed pink bike, some new plants and more cute fabric to make aprons out of.
The Rivertown newspapers have a ‘FREE’ column in the classifieds. (Print and online, call 715-426-1040 to get info) The ad is free as long as you are giving it away.
When I have done it, I just said, blah blah free item is at the end of my driveway, come and get it! And like magic it’s gone.
Freecycle is set up by county or area; you get messages via email that have the day’s offerings on it. It is easy to sign up for it and cost nothing to participate. The only catch is, you cannot charge for any items you are giving away. So if you have half a can of lavender paint you want to get rid of, give it away instead of tossing in the garbage. If you see something you want, you have to move fast, it never lasts long.
I won’t mention how to maneuver around on Craigslist.
Today’s topic came to me when we got a news release from the Hudson Library. It talked about a 1941-42 Palm Springs, Calif. telephone book. It was donated to the History Room of the Library, with some other interesting local information. Rather than just toss is, Nancy Hawkinson, a History Room volunteer, contacted the Palm Springs Historical Society to see if they would like to have it. They did, so off it went. I actually think it would have been interesting to see who lived there then, since it was before the Google could provide us with that type of gossip!
We have a collection of old phone books here at the Star-Observer that I refer to regularly. This week I used it to reference a bar owner in downtown Hudson. (Read the print version of the HSO to see who it was.)
Part of the press release also gave this hint: People who no longer want their printed materials that have a local historical connection should consider donating them to the History Room. As part of the collection, a donated item may have just the piece of information that someone else is looking for.
My friend Susan Penman and her family are also recycling specialists, they make cool art out of found materials. In fact, they are having a showing this weekend at their Pixie-Wood location on Badlands Road. Go and get inspired and maybe fine a Mothers Day gift or some unique garden art for yourself.
So, when you start spring cleaning, please think twice before you toss, it might be just the thing someone is looking for!