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Just an idea now that some of us have spent all day playing with new toys in our jammies. I think I’ve reached that special time of year (now that I have new toys) when I look around (at old toys) that I’ve accumulated and I ask myself- what was I thinking?

Before you box it all up, or bag it and drag it to the curb – consider this alternative www.freecycle.org These folks will help you hook up with other people in your area who are interested in recycling or reusing items to prevent them from ending up in a landfill.

All you do is enter your city and state and the site gives you a list of the local Yahoo Groups in your area. It’s not a social thing, please pay attention to the rules of your group’s postings. Hope it will help if you are on the hunt for something or looking to find a new home for your somethings.

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Today’s news report included coverage of the people who were waiting outside as department stores opened at 4am this morning. Some folks had stayed over night to be the first people in line on what is ‘the biggest shopping day of the year’. Whoa… as much as I think that a new flat screen would be great – that ‘opportunity’ looks a little more like ‘insanity’.

handmade-pledge.jpgI’m trying something else this year, Buy Handmade for the Holidays. I saw the pledge start to appear on Etsy a few weeks ago and went to learn more about http://www.buyhandmade.org and why other artists and patrons were interested.

  • Avoid the parking lots and long lines of people.
  • Handmade gifts are more meaningful for the artist, the patron and recipient
  • Handmade items are one-of-a-kind
  • Handmade items are better for the environment
    • no mass production causing dumping or emissions

Support local artists, try to buy handmade this year – even if you still need the big screen, you might find that there is room for something unique and wonderful on your shopping list.

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