I’ve been accumulating bags of fiberglass insulation that has been gently used and removed from building projects, along with anything else I find or know will be of use (like the 25 feet of wiring pictured here too). Although I dont want to flood Vermont’s craigslist with more hawks than it already has competing with me for free stuff, I figured I’d share how I’ve been gathering this stuff: Front Porch Forum, Google Reader, and Freecycle.org.
FPF is an email listserv network type of deal for neighborhoods in Vermont. I have met some great people and bartered or picked up free really great stuff. Everything from pretty new skis in exchange for some computer help, to the windows we’ll be using in the house. I also found a really nice apartment on it, that I lived in and now some friends live in, which was cooler than hunting and slaving over the classifieds.
Freecycle.org is pretty self-explanatory. It’s like the craigslist “free” section, but you have to sign up for it, and you can get an email digest of it ever day or two, which is convenient.
Basically how it works is this: it scans whatever subscriptions you enter to aggregate all the changes that occur on the page. For example, if you add this URL to the Add a Subscription button, it would tell you every time I update or post a new post. As far as craigslist goes, you can take one of two routes (or both):
Go to a section of craigslist, if you were AJ you’d go to tickets and try to score a miracle. Copy the URL, go over to your Google Reader, and paste it into the Add a Subscription feature. In about 3 seconds it will pop up on the left of the Google Reader screen, and you can then change the name of it if youd like, or put it in a folder, or move it, or whatever.
The other option is to search for something in particular, like a trailer, or a shower, or something like that. You enter your query into the search line and click search. You then copy the URL and do the same thing as above, except instead of scanning just a section of craigslist, it’ll keep your search query and run it over and over, compiling the hits into your reader. It’s dope.