Traveling Treasure Box

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ADMIN Notices - Traveling Treasure Box

There are several versions of The Traveling Treasure Box that exist on The Freecycle Network(TM), one of which is listed below. The premise behind this concept is to find new homes for smaller items, foster community spirit between the many swaps that occur on the Box's journey, and make a friend or two along the way! Here is an example you can use for your files regarding Traveling Treasure Boxes which include Guidelines, Instructions For Use, and an ADMIN Notice. Simply copy and paste... and feel free to edit as necessary!

Replace all XXX references with your local group name


Treasure Box Guidelines:

The Freecycle(TM) Traveling Treasure Box travels from Freecycle member to Freecycle member, all across your community.

The purpose and goals of the Traveling Treasure Box are:

  • Freecycle members recycle their odds and ends of good, but no longer wanted or needed items to other members.
  • Freecycle members meet other members and this aids in building community.

The journey begins with the Freecycle Network moderator who fills the Treasure Box with items and posts it as an OFFER with the items listed. The person who receives the Traveling Treasure Box takes out the items that he/she wants, adds more items to fill the box, and posts it as an OFFER, once again listing the items that are in the box. The person who receives the Traveling Treasure Box after that continues the process, and so on down the line.

The Traveling Treasure Box includes a "travel journal," where Freecycle members can write information such as their name, the date they received the box, the items they kept, the items they put in, along with written good wishes to other Freecycle members. If members want to include a picture of themselves with the Box, that would be fun, too. Use your imagination! Just make sure everything is FREE, legal and appropriate for all ages.

Since the box is "traveling," each Freecycle member who receives the box can create a "travel stamp" to put somewhere on the box to show the travels the box has made. The stamp should include the person's first name and Yahoo! ID. Your travel stamp can be as simple or creative as you like.

The 12th person to receive the Treasure Box returns it to the originating Freecycle moderator or member after taking out the items wanted and refilling it. From here, the process is checked to ensure everything is going well and the process begins all over again!


Here are further details:

· Do not, under any circumstances, email the person who receives the Traveling Treasure Box to ask for items from the box. Whoever has the box gets the items. No exceptions.

· Do not request the box if you are not willing to follow the steps in the process. If you're unsure about what to do, the instructions will be included in the box or you can email the moderator

· You may not receive the Freecycle Traveling Treasure Box more than once. Give everyone a chance to participate.

· Handle the Traveling Treasure Box with care when it is in your possession. You'll be responsible for making sure all the items are intact.

· Everything must be FREE, legal and appropriate for all ages.

· Include only good, clean items that someone can use.

· Do not include anything that won't fit into the box. (Post anything that won't fit in the box as a regular OFFER on the Freecycle web site).

· If you include something fragile or liquid, pack it well so it doesn't break or leak.

· Keep the box as full as possible - you must replace whatever you take out with something else.

· Be prepared to receive a lot of email requesting the box!! Just like every other Freecycle transaction, you will be required to email everyone who inquires about the box to let them know the status of the offer.

· Keep the box moving. Do not hold on to it for more than a week. For example, if you receive the Treasure Box on a Monday, try to refill it and post it as an OFFER by the following Tuesday. It doesn't matter how you choose (first come-first served, draw names out of a hat, wait a day), just make sure you keep the Treasure Box moving and don't keep it for more than a week.

· Once you have picked who you are giving the Box to, immediately contact the Freecycle Moderator and an ADMIN will be posted that the Box has been "FOUND" by a Freecycle member.

· Make arrangements for pick up as soon as possible.

· You must meet the person you are giving the box to/receiving the box from. No leaving it on a porch or having someone else pick up or give away the box for you. Part of the magic of Freecycle is making connections with people in our community. Hey, you've made a new friend!

· Everyone participating will post the Traveling Treasure Box as OFFER, GIVEN and RECEIVED on the web site, just like you do with regular Freecycle transactions. We won't allow any WANTED posts for the Traveling Treasure Box - you'll just have to wait your turn.

· Do not email the person who has the box until the box has been posted as an OFFER.

· The Traveling Treasure Box is for your local Freecycle Network members only. You may not post the box as an offer on any other Freecycle network (without prior coordination between list group moderators).

· Remember, one person's junk is another person's treasure. You may not like what's in the Treasure Box when you receive it. If that's the case, just put a smile on your face, place something nice in the box, and post it as an OFFER again!

Any questions? Please email the group moderator!

Enjoy the experience and have fun!

Your XXX Freecycle Moderators


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Treasure Box Instructions:

CONGRATULATIONS! You have received the XXX Freecycle(TM) TRAVELING TREASURE BOX!

Here's what to do (please refer to the Guidelines in the Travel Journal for details):

(1) Look through the box and take out what you would like to keep.

(2) Take a sheet of Freecycle flyers (as applicable) and give them to your friends and colleagues.

(3) Post that you received the Treasure Box. Example: RECEIVED: Freecycle Traveling Treasure Box I received the Treasure Box from (person's first name and Yahoo! ID). I kept these items: (list the items you kept). (Add any personal comments that you would like to include.) I will pass the Treasure Box on to the next lucky person in a few days. Thank you! (Your Name)

(4) Refill the Treasure Box with items you would like to give away (legal and appropriate for all ages).

(5) Write a note in the Travel Journal including your name and Yahoo! ID, and any personal comments you would like to include. Don't forget to put the Travel Journal back in the box!

(6) Create a "stamp" to put on the box that includes your name and Yahoo! ID.

(7) Post the Traveling Treasure Box on the Freecycle web site as an OFFER. Example: OFFER: Freecycle Traveling Treasure Box I am passing on the Treasure Box with these items: (List the items you are giving away.) (List the items you didn't take.) (Add any personal comments that you would like to include.) (Don't forget to include your location!) (Your name)

(8) Decide who you want to give the Treasure Box to from the emails you receive and meet to exchange the box.

(9) Immediately contact your Freecycle Moderator and an ADMIN will be posted that the Box has been "FOUND" by a Freecycle member.

(10) Post the Traveling Treasure Box as GIVEN once you have given the box away. Example: GIVEN: Freecycle Traveling Treasure Box I passed the Freecycle Traveling Treasure Box on to (person's first name/Yahoo! ID). (Add any personal comments that you would like to include.) (Your Name)

That's it! Now pat yourself on the back because you've kept good, usable items out of the landfill and you've made new friends!


ADMIN - Traveling Treasure Box

I want to try something new here in YOURCITY that will hopefully generate a lot of excitement.

I am creating a "Freecycle(TM) Traveling Treasure Box" that will travel from Freecycle member to Freecycle member, all across our community.

The purpose and goals of the Traveling Treasure Box are:

  • Freecycle members will recycle their odds and ends of good but no-longer-wanted items to other members, thereby keeping good items out of the landfill.
  • Freecycle members will meet other members and this will aid in building community.

The journey will begin with me and I will fill the Treasure Box with items and post it as an OFFER, with the items listed. The person who receives the Traveling Treasure Box will take out the items that he/she wants, add more items to fill the box, and post it as an OFFER again, once again listing the items that are in the box.

The person who receives the Traveling Treasure Box after that will continue the process, and so on down the line.

The Traveling Treasure Box will include a "travel journal," where Freecycle members can write information such as their name, the date they received the box, the items they kept, the items they put in, and send good wishes on to other Freecycle members, etc. If you want to include a picture of yourself with the Box, that would be fun, too. Use your imagination! Just make sure everything is FREE, legal and appropriate for all ages.

Since the box is "traveling," each Freecycle member who receives the box can create a "travel stamp" to put somewhere on the box to show the travels the box has made. The stamp should include the person's first name and Yahoo! ID. Your travel stamp can be as simple or creative as you like.

Once the 12th person receives the box, they will return it to the Moderator, after they have taken the items they want and refilled the box. The Moderator will make sure everything is going well, add more items to the box, and send it out again.

I will post the Box as an OFFER over the next few days so keep your eyes open for that.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Your XXX Freecycle Moderator


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(Traveling Treasure Box Instructions and Guidelines are courtesy of Tracy Owens, Springfield Illinois Freecycle Moderator - adapted/edited accordingly for use)