Every now and then I stumble across something that changes my outlook on life. This month, it has been a little thing called Yerdle. Many of you have never heard of such a thing, but let me warn you, it is addictive!
What is Yerdle?
Yerdle is a place where you can give your unwanted items in exchange for “Yerdles.” Yerdles are reusable dollars that you can spend in the Yerdle shop online, without spending any of your real cash! Yerdle also offers an app for access on your phone. For each item that you decide to let go, you gift it and ship out to a receiver. After that, Yerdles are added to your account.
Remember, you can only spend those Yerdles on the website, purchasing items from other givers. You are only responsible for shipping costs. This means you can potentially get something amazing for as little as $4. Sometimes a giver will even offer free shipping! So far I have purchased a dress for my brother’s wedding, a ton of hand-made soaps and a jellyfish key chain. The items are posted daily, so you never know what treasures you will find!
The idea is that you can reuse and trade items instead of bringing new items from stores into your home. By reducing the amount you shop, you can reduce the amount of money you spend and give a second life to things that other people no longer want or need. Within a month, I have posted and shipped over 225 items. Some of the items that I have sold so far are my wedding dress, books, and the little knick-knacks that creep on the shelves over the years. Needless to say, I have become obsessed with Yerdle.
Yerdle Can Aid A Minimalist Lifestyle
The wonderful thing about Yerdle is that it has helped me on my journey to minimalist living. In order to eventually move into a “tiny house,” all the stuff has to go. The great thing is that the items that Yerdle accepts do not have to be new or even functional in some cases. I recently posted several broken Wizard of Oz statues, hoping I could give them a home besides the garbage dump. Although I did not have high hopes when I posted them, I had a taker within an hour! A woman who builds tiny birdhouses said she could use them for a “yellow brick road” themed bird house. It was at this moment, I was even more enlightened.
Why Choose to Yerdle?
Yerdle’s mission is not for the benefit of their company, but the benefit of others. It is safe to say that most of us probably don’t need half of the items that we possess. Yerdle claims that their mission is to reduce the number of new things that we all “need” to buy by 25%. This explains the reason why we should give away everything that we do not want. Yerdle wants to redefine the word of “mine.” Our unwanted things may turn into somebody’s necessities; and that can change lives!
The cliché “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is true. The site does not promote listing “trash” but sometimes people can spot a diamond in the rough and put something destined for the landfill to use. Without Yerdle, I would have tossed my items for nothing.
So, I invite you to try this and see where it takes you. Change your mindset from buying and shopping to trading and Yerdling. Yerdle is one step forward on the road to minimalist living, to helping people, and to have fun!