Free box

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A free box in Berlin, Germany, 2005, serving as a distribution center for free donated materials
Clothing bins in the Free Box in Crestone, Colorado

A free box is a box or location used to allow for people to rid themselves of excess items without the inconvenience of a garage sale. When someone has items they wish to be rid of, but which might be useful to another person, they are set out and given to whoever wants them. If, after a period, no one has claimed the items, the contents of the box may be donated to a charity like Goodwill or The Salvation Army.

Free boxing is implemented at the University of Saskatchewan,[1] in Victoria, British Columbia,[2] in Isla Vista, California,[3] and in Crestone[4] and Telluride, Colorado.[5][6][7]

An online version of a similar concept is The Freecycle Network.

The University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario, runs a free table for several weeks of the school year. New College of Florida is home to a student-run free table (open throughout the school year).[8]


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  1. ^ U of S annual report for 2001-2002 school year describing the creation of the Free box by then VP of Student Issues, Jennifer Barber[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Livejournal entry on free box etiquette in the Vancouver area
  3. ^ An appreciation of the Isla Vista Free Box Archived 2012-03-28 at the Wayback Machine, Santa Barbara Independent
  4. ^ "Editor’s Notes Archived 2010-12-24 at the Wayback Machine August '09 Crestone Eagle, accessed September 19, 2010
  5. ^ Waring, Lisa (June 9, 2010). "The Free Box Provides". The Huffington Post.
  6. ^ "Get to know Telluride's Free Box" article in The Denver Post 10/18/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT, accessed September 19, 2010
  7. ^ "Telluride Thinks Out of the Box" Archived 2011-06-17 at the Wayback Machine article by Antonya Nelson in Smithsonian Magazine, August 2009, accessed September 19, 2010
  8. ^ "Explore New College of Florida".

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