Sunday, November 23, 2014

From our friends at Sustainable Man...

Today, we are all familiar with the “greed economy.” It is governed by the competitive principle that more for you is less for me. It prioritizes luxuries for the few over necessities of the many. It is exclusive to those who don’t have money, relegating them to search for subsistence from the garbage of others. It is not only degrading, disgusting, and immoral, it is totally and completely unsustainable.
A gift economy actually decays greed. It widens the family circle to include the entire community. It is governed by the cooperative principle that more for you is more for me too. It prioritizes matching gifts with needs. It is inclusive of everyone, including those who have little to give but a warm smile or their gratitude. It is not something that is imposed on people. Rather, it is something that people volunteer to be a part of because they recognize the inherent joy that comes from giving to others.
In a world of limited resources, it becomes imperative that any economic system that plans on allowing the human species to sustainably live on this planet maximize the efficient use of resources. This means we must cease our incessant desire to own the world, realize that owning more things will never be enough to compensate for the wound of separation inside us, and understand that we can only really improve our quality of life by reducing the suffering of others.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Buy Nothing Project Clothing Giveaway...

"Build it and they will come."

And boy, did they come! On Saturday November 15th we held a four group clothing giveaway event in Burien.
The four groups involved were Buy Nothing Burien/Normandy Park, White Center/South Park, Tukwila/Seatac, and Des Moines. We organized gifts of clothing, personal care items, makeup, jewelry, bedding, winter wear, books, and a few household items, all free for the taking by anyone who attended. The community was blessed, as were our members who participated!
Just a few of the testimonies we got today from the event:
"Seemed like the event was a success! I got there at the beginning and boy was there A LOT of clothes
and other great items!!! By the time i left there was only about half left!Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to make it happen. I know a lot of families were blessed by it." - Michelle
"Just want to thank everyone that donated items today. Got some cute things for my girls. Thank you all again!" - Stephanie
"So many great items donated. Looking forward to doing this in the future." - Karen
"This was great! Passing on things I no longer use. And receiving things I can use." - Jaimee
"Been there since early this morning and just got home. It was sooo much fun seeing people get things they needed. Would do it again in a heartbeat There was still plenty of stuff when I left." - Darlene
"This was so awesome! Thank you for sharing such beautiful treasures" - Monica
"Was so much fun!!!! And thanks to the guy who unlocked my car!!!! It would be me to lock keys in my car !!! Lol but this was awesome and fun!" - Maraiah
"YOU GUYS TOTALLY ROCKED IT TODAY!! WAY TO GO!! I was not going to come but, curiosity got the better of me and sleeping family. I was amazed at all the stuff I saw and how fast it was moving in and out! I think this was a huge blessing to the community of those in need and to those whom needed and wanted to clean out their closets. Thanks again!! Was totally blown away!!" - April
"Because of an uncontrolled thyroid problem (working hard to get it back in balance) I gained three
sizes in 5 months, and had very little to wear. I got a coat here, and a skirt and pair of pants, and some pretty tops (to go out with my boyfriend, not really work clothes) and a beautiful scarf. Plus, I was able to donate things I no longer needed - which is challenging for me to do given I work where I live, and everything has to be approved before I can do it (like setting things out for people to pick up). This was very awesome and appreciated!" - Amy

Monday, November 3, 2014

Buy Nothing presents...Clothing extravaganza!

The Buy Nothing Project Presents: the first ever
Multi-Group Pre-Holiday Clothing and Gift Extravaganza! 

Including the Buy Nothing groups of Burien/Normandy Park, White Center/South Park, Tukwila/Seatac, and Des Moines coming together to bring blessing to our local community! This will be a great opportunity for the community to see the face of the Buy Nothing Project, and to be blessed alongside the many members who are already a part of this amazing movement.

Location: Beverly Park Baptist Church,  located at 11659 1st Ave. S. in Burien. 


Clothes of every kind, books, personal care items, and baby items. Donations of non-perishable food items will also be accepted for the local food bank.

Browse the "Wall of Words", our affectionate name for an eclectic collection of books.

The "Kiddos Corner" will display items specifically for the shorties in the family! Included are toys and games, baby items of various kinds, furniture, toys, and other miscellaneous necessities for the wee ones among us.

The "Table of Bling" will be an area specifically managed by a member with expertise in cosmetics and personal care, so we will also receive items related to personal care (mirrors, nail products, you know all those little gadgets and gizmos that many of us collect in a basket in our bathrooms!), jewelry, hair products, nail accessories, etc. These items will be offered in an an area all their own where they can be showcased and offered as a sparkling finishing touch!

Lastly, but definitely not least in importance, there will be an area for donating non-perishable food items that will be gifted to the local food bank to bless those in the community this season.

So what does all this mean to our members here? It means that we need everyone to consider pulling something out of a closet and contributing to the giveaway. We want to put on a veritable bumper crop of choices so folks can come find something awesome, so we need lots of items to choose from.

Items to be gifted may be brought to the event location between 8am and 10 am the morning of November 15th, or arrangements can be made for earlier dropoff if needed. Contact Lorrie to make arrangements for dropoff if needed, by either email or phone:  206.330.3269.
Attendance at the event is NOT required if you donate, so even if you cannot come to the event itself please consider gifting something that someone else will be able to use.


All are welcome to come in and pick up items, as the event is intended to bless the entire community. So, invite your friends, bring your families, and let people know about the event! We will see you there!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Buy Nothing. Give Freely. Share Creatively.

"The Buy Nothing Project is about setting the scarcity model of our cash economy aside in
of creatively and collaboratively sharing the abundance around us."

How does the Buy Nothing Project work? Using the free platform provided by Facebook Groups, Buy Nothing Project members can easily participate with their local group. Our rules are simple: “Post anything you’d like to give away, lend, or share amongst neighbors. Ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow. Keep it legal. Keep it civil. No buying or selling, no trades or bartering, we’re strictly a gift economy.” The transparency of Facebook groups’ design allows our members to see mutual friends they share with relative strangers, and to build trust based on real-life connections visible through personal profile information. This trust allows groups to grow quickly and encourages people to both give freely and ask for what they need; everything from toilet paper roll springs to rides home from the doctor; burial sites for beloved pets to freshly-baked bread and casseroles have been given freely; our members share things mundane and meaningful in equal measure, and throughout it all connect with each other by means of the shared personal stories and chatting encouraged by the platform. We rely on our co-founders’ daily guidance and direction for the development of our nascent culture, assisted by a team of volunteer local administrators who have on-the-ground knowledge of their communities.

"Pinata love"...Watch as a group of BNP kids create a pinata to be gifted away...
fully from gifted items!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"Day after day, ordinary people become heroes through extraordinary and selfless actions to help their neighbors." 
~Sylvia Mathews Burwell

The Buy Nothing Project is so much more than a place to gift and receive items through purely neighborly generosity. The BNP is quickly becoming the new standard for truly connected communities supporting individuals and fostering the security and sense of belonging that strong communities thrive on. They still CAN thrive on those foundations, and with over 35,000 members we are seeing the amazing impact of those pillars within our local groups thus far.

If you are a Burien resident, please consider checking out our local chapter, Buy Nothing Burien!  

If you are interested, but reside in an area other than Burien (We now have over 275 local communities in 8 countries!), we can help you find an existing local group or help you start one in an area where we have not yet arrived!

A "better way of doing things" does NOT need to be is already here! Come check us out!