An Introduction to The Buy Nothing Project

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Our Buy Nothing Project Mission:

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.


  • We believe our hyper-local groups strengthen the social fabric of their communities, and ensure the health and vitality of each member.
  • We come from a place of abundance ~ not scarcity.
  • We believe in abundance, we give, we ask, we share, we lend and we express gratitude.
  • We are a gift economy, not a charity. We see no difference between want and need, waste and treasure.
  • We measure wealth by the personal connections made and trust between people.
  • We value people and their stories and narratives above the ‘stuff.’
  • We are inclusive and civil at our core.
  • We value transparency and honesty in all our interactions.
  • We view all gifts as equal; the human connection is the value.
  • We believe every community has the same wealth of generosity and abundance.

Join Us:
Buy Nothing: Give Freely. Share creatively. Post anything you’d like to give away, lend, or share among neighbors. Ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow. Keep it legal. Keep it civil. No buying or selling, no trades or bartering, no soliciting for cash. We’re an adult-only, hyper-local gift economy. We are not a charity or community bulletin board.

By joining a Buy Nothing Project group, you agree to abide by our Mission and Rules.

You can join one group only, the group where you live so you can literally “give where you live.” This is what builds community.

Brought to you by The Buy Nothing Project. Looking for a group near you? Visit our Find a Group page. Want to join the Buy Nothing Project network and there’s no group in your area? Visit our Start a Group page to learn about how we set groups up.

© 2015 Liesl Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller

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8 thoughts

  1. Hi, Jennifer! Thanks for your interest in the Buy Nothing Project! We are a series of worldwide hyperlocal gifting communities with over 200,000 members in 19 nations with 1300 groups and 1600 volunteers. All of the Buy Nothing Project groups have a Facebook page in which the community and the members of that group share and participate together. There aren’t hours because we are made up of communities and members, not something like a physical store. If you are interested in finding a hyperlocal group in your area, please have a look at the list of groups, and copy/paste the link for your neighborhood into your browser, which will then give you an option to ‘request to join.’ Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  2. I would love to start a Buy Nothing group in Chattanooga, TN area.

  3. Hi Sherry,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

    If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Currently there is a backlog of several weeks, due to the huge increase in interest; our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  4. Hi, I don’t know whether this is the right group for me. I live right near the corner of [removed].
    Can you tell me which group I would attach to?

  5. Hi Ann,

    Did you find your hyper-local Buy Nothing community group? Please have a look at the list, and click the link for your neighborhood, which will then give you an option to ‘request to join.’

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

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