Free Stuff

A lot of people give away their superfluous stuff with pleasure. They're doing this because it's a shame to throw away good things, or because they prefer to give away than to ask for money. Often people give away things that are not worth enough in their eyes, but they like to make others happy with it.

Networks for free stuff

How to find people and the stuff they're giving away? On the internet there are various places for free stuff.

  • Freecycle is widely known and works through email lists

If you're in the Netherlands, you want to check this article in Dutch.

Do you know any others? Please post about them in the forum and we'll add them to the list.

Free food

Food is also a form of stuff. We have written a complete article about getting free food. It has tips ranging from dumpster diving to growing your own food and asking around at restaurants. Good stuff.

Other tips for free stuff

  • There are many local Facebook groups for people who are giving away stuff. You can also try to post a request there. Search for example for "free stuff".
  • Instead of owning stuff yourself you can also ask your neighbors if you can borrow stuff from them. You can ask personally but there are also networks to enable sharing stuff such as Peerby and (in Dutch).

Fixed locations for free stuff

  • In a give-away-shop you can find a lot of free things. People take stuff there to give it away for free.
  • Big trash: In Amsterdam and some other cities it's easy to find good stuff in the street. Check your local trash collection days.

free stuff
Above image comes from the Dutch Mug Magazine Mei 2013. In this specific Mug there's an interesting background article about free stuff.

Further reading


Bartering is a cheap and magnificent way to satisfy certain needs. Many people are bartering, exchanging things or services for other things or services but also companies are doing it more and more. Bartering is recommended if you want to live without money or if you want to save money.

Give-away shop

Give away shop in Utrecht, 2004. PIcture taken by Bikepunk

Are you looking for clothes, books, toys, pans or just something new to use? You could give it a try at a give-away shop, sometimes also simply called free shop. That's not a store in the traditional meaning, but a place to find free stuff.