Get To Know Your Micro Community: Join Buy Nothing!

Spring cleaning is here, and you may be wondering where to donate. While donation centers are certainly a great option, there is an option that will directly bless those around you in your micro community, instead of it being resold to them.

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The Buy Nothing Project

What Is the Buy Nothing Project?

The Buy Nothing Project is a global initiative that brings neighbors together to gift amongst their micro communities. The purpose is to get to know your neighbors, cut the middle man in donations and reduce unnecessary spending and waste. The Buy Nothing Mission statement is, “We offer people a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people who are real-life neighbors.” Buy Nothing always makes sure that the groups do not get too large, usually splitting up into smaller micro-communities once a thousand members have been reached. 

How Buy Nothing Works


Interested in joining your local “buy nothing” group? Here’s how it works. 

  • You can only be involved in one buy nothing group at a time. This is to stop people from only using “buy nothing” to leech from neighbors instead of contributing to the community. Groups are intentionally kept small (less than a thousand) so there may be multiple buy nothing groups in your neighborhood. 
  • “Buy Nothing” literally means buy nothing. Selling items or asking to purchase items is not allowed. This also means no reselling gifts that you received on buy nothing.
  • Only give gifts to your neighbors from your own resources and abundance. Sharing of community links, businesses, etc is prohibited.
  • To ask for a gift simply post in the group “Wish: I’m looking for ________. Thank you so much!” 
  • To gift a gift simply post in the group “Gifting: _____________”
  • The gifter gets to decide who they gift to, when and how, but it’s encouraged to allow time on posts for everyone to have a chance to ask for it. Many groups refer to this as “simmering”.

Where To Sign Up

Buy Nothing is a global initiative so chances are that there already is a group established in your neighborhood! Here is the link to join your local buy nothing group. If there isn’t one, consider contacting Buy Nothing to start a chapter in your area! Also, buy nothing recently announced that they are developing an app, making sharing amongst your community easier than ever so stay tuned!

Stuck On What to Gift First? Here's Some Inspiration.

Compost/coffee grounds for roses or growing mushrooms

Clothes that no longer serve you


Moving Boxes (there's ALWAYS someone moving in your neighborhood, and while you're at it, tell them about your favorite realtor! ME!)


Extra kitchen gadgets/utensils you don't need


Craft/art supplies

Gift of service. Consider offering to mow your neighbor's lawn!

Food! Made too much dinner? Hop on Buy Nothing and offer sharing it with a neighbor.

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Happy gifting and receiving! And Who knows? We may just be in the same Buy Nothing micro community!

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