It’s great to get free stuff, right? I found this out when I got several free skeins of yarn for my business, http://www.idontmatch.etsy.com. Here’s how you may be able to get free stuff too!
1) Freecycle! Go to Yahoo, set up a free account, and then click on Groups. Search for “Freecycle” in your area. Freecycle is a group that tries to give unwanted items a second chance by offering them for use just one more time. Your trash could be another’s person treasure type of thing.
Anyway, join the group, read the rules, and then post a message for what you want. You can also post messages to get rid of stuff you don’t want, like old mattresses or freezers. (I actually did that!) People respond to you by e-mail, and then you can make arrangements to meet.
Please be safe, and meet somewhere public with lots of people, just in case!
2) http://www.craigslist.com — Check the free listings in your area. There may be something you can use!
3) newspapers – Check the “for free” listings. You never know what you’ll find.
4) Barter. Let people know what you want, and what you are willing to offer. Talk to friends, family and co-workers. For example, would you be willing to mow a lawn for a garbage bag full of yarn? (I totally wouldn’t, but that’s only because I pull a muscle every time I mow a lawn. I would be willing to trim the hedges, though …. )
5) Chat with people about your passions. You never know who may have yarn (or something else!)going to waste in a basment or attic.
6) Project Linus — Look them up online, and find a chapter in your area. If you donate handmade crafts, mainly blankets, to the organization, you may receive donations of yarn or fabric with the understanding that those products would be used for charity projects too.
And just remember, it may be fun to follow your passion, but it could be even more fun when the material is free!
Thanks for visiting, and have a great day!