Tips for finding and giving away items for free

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From mommy bloggers at the BlogHer conference raking in vendor giveaways to movie stars loving their swag from special events, from receiving free pencils from politicians to those looking to be more eco-conscious, everybody loves free stuff! Where and how to get it?

Free stuff can be good for the planet and be great for the wallet. eBay Classifieds is so tuned into this concept (we are the free, friendly and local classifieds) that we have a special icon on the right side of our home page called Free Stuff. List your free stuff for free or look at what other folks are giving away. Looking for a free item? Post your request in the Free Stuff section.

Want free clothes or toys? Organizing a clothing swap meet is a great way to trade kid and adult clothes. Get a head start on holiday shopping by including new and gently used toys in your swap meet. This concept works for all kinds of items such as sporting equipment, electronics, kitchen items and whatever you can think of organizing.

Family friendly free places to visit are out there, too. Our National Parks are a great place to start. Many of our 393 national parks never charge an entrance fee. Did you know the Staten Island ferry is free? Take the family for an up close look at Lady Liberty, a trip they will never forget. Check out Free Museum Day for elusive free days at museums in several cities. When is the last time you visited a local library? One can check out books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and now you can even download books from the library. Talk about eco-friendly!

Free stuff is great. No price attached frequently means someone is rehoming an item and that means less waste in landfills. Swap meets are a wonderful way to get kids clothes that fit and a way to get rid of clothes already outgrown by your own kids. Searching around the Internet for free family fun places is worth your time and effort. Have a great time.

What is your best free find?