Vashon Islanders have many quirks. (Just ask someone from Seattle.) As a community of free spirits, our behavior and island traditions often beg for scrutiny from those unfamiliar with our island ways. Case in point: free-cycling and the end-of-the-driveway giveaway pile.
Whenever we have something bordering on not worthy enough to donate to charity, but good enough to reuse or recycle, folks here tend to leave such treasures at the end of their lanes with a homemade sign stating “free” (just to establish that a taker is not a stealer).
Does it work? Heck, yes, in fact let me list some of my remains of the day that disappeared from the driveway before nightfall: hot pink hot tub, gutters, bent lawn chairs, twisted chicken wire, and a hardened bag of cement. (Go figure.)
Now to the point of my ramble, a couple tips:
- Takers: The free sign is not part of the deal; free designates the surrounding items, not the board with which the offer is posted.
- Givers: Don’t make the free sign more appealing than the stuff you’re offering.