The freebie box

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About Colleen Madsen

Colleen is the founder of 365 Less Things and lives in Newcastle, Australia.


  1. When our neighbors had a garage sale last year we put out a freebie box of whatever we could find quickly. It was awesome. I’m hoping later this year or next year they (or another neighbor) have another garage sale. 🙂

  2. Ann in Boston :

    So nice to hear from you and see “365 Less Things” in my email.
    Great idea…it’s amzing what people will stop and take.
    My son lives in Brooklyn, NY and people put things; books mostly, on their doorsteps for others to take. It’s a very common practice. He is an High school English teacher, so he “loves” the thrill of looking for new books to bring to his classroom.

    Hope you are doing well.

  3. Enjoying your pictures when you put them out. I know you are having a great time. Are you getting tired of the travel yet?

    Here where I live we have designated freebie places in our building. If you have something to give away (even called or dry food) you put it in the designated place. Then on the bulletin board for that floor you hang a little ribbon bouquet so that people know to look. The items disappear fast most of the time. If they don’t we take them over to the Thrift Shop for them to sell.

  4. My senior apartment has a lounge area on the main floor by the front doors. There are sofas with tables and chairs by a small kitchenette. One of the tables is designated as the Magic Table for anything you want to get rid of: the day’s newspapers, magazines, craft items, clothing, household items, food in sealed packages or cans, sometimes medical supplies or equipment. It’s a handy place for people moving in or out or anyone having a clean out. The table is cleaned off every morning and anything not claimed goes into the dumpster. There usually isn’t much left but it keeps the area tidy since it’s visible from the lobby.

    • Joanie, I live in a senior living campus too. Thankfully, we don’t have to clean ours off every night as ours are hidden in drawers or cupboards. The food tends to go first but much of it goes before the day is over.

  5. Great idea! Miss ya!
    My parents’ community’s freebie area got nicknamed “The Christmas Store”. The lamps in my living room came from there – touched up with some spray paint they look great! At work I used to put out freebies on Fridays on an empty table – all would be gone.

  6. deanna ar USA :

    It’s good to read 365 again. I kind of forgot how motivating it is. And I love the old posts.

  7. At my 50 birthday party I had a “Penny” auction. I had a table of give-aways with a cup for each item.
    Every person put their name in the cups of the items that interested them.
    A name was drawn from each cup and that person when home with the item.
    Everyone was happy!

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