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Buy Nothing is everything

By Maura Judkis

06 Feb 2023 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

From guinea pig poop to used underwear, no item is too strange for the “Buy Nothing” community. Here, The Washington Post explores the weird and wonderful world of free giveaway groups.

It was not until after Angela Parker, 53, had raced across her north Atlanta neighborhood to nab eight leftover, thick-cut slices of ham with gravy from the porch of someone she didn't know that she began to ask herself some questions. Was it weird to eat a stranger's porch ham? Was it safe? Would the ham be worth it?

It was free, so - yes?

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