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Waste Not/Spend Less with SnapGoods

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After 27+ years of experimentation, I have recently concluded that I am a jack of all trades, master of none. Unfortunately this has left me with an enormous array of “things I thought I was finally going to be the master of but nope… nope, not so great at that either” – most recently the sewing machine that is hidden under my bed so as not to remind me I’ve not yet moved beyond the oddly-shaped throw pillow phase.

They serve as skeletons in my proverbial closet of disappointment (or, quite possibly, A.D.D.), and now I can put them to use and make some spare money to boot. SnapGoods is a new NY-based site that helps people like me offer up their unused goods for a daily fee to those in need. Ice cream makers, The Beatles Rock Band, tool kits, bikes, and camping kits are just some of the wares being offered, and if you don’t see something you need you just create a post telling the SnapGoods community so. Your network is based on your Facebook and Meet-up groups so hopefully you’re dealing with people you trust (better start de-friending if you don’t!).

Great news for you and your extra waffle maker, great news for me and my new ability to try out a synthesizer before purchasing one, and great news for the environment which is frankly tired of us all buying too much crap. Especially if all some of us have is an odd, oblong throw pillow to show for it.

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Jill S.

Jill S.

Jill is an Ohio native and Boston University graduate who refuses to stop saying "pop" and wearing her Red Sox gear despite being heckled for doing so since moving to Brooklyn. She's been honing her thrifty ways since doing that silly thing people talk about when they ignore reason to follow their hearts and chose a career in the fulfilling but faltering music industry. She earns her beer money as a publicist and writer, and spends her spare time cooking, biking, and trying to decide if she's ready to get a cat.