Welcome to Week Two of the Minsgame! Sara, Heather, Anthony and I are amazed and overwhelmed at the response we’ve received to the challenge. The Facebook group now has over 100 members, including people from Spain, South Africa and more. People have shared personal stories, and we’ve loved seeing the wonderful sense of community that’s sprung up. My notifications are going crazy almost all day long, but it makes me so happy to see how excited everyone is to get rid of stuff.
I’m trying not to let my OCD get the best of me by grouping like items for one day. Like Day 2 was makeup, Day 3 was office supplies, and Day 4 was drinking-related items. I mean, I know I can’t do this every day, but it’s hard not to.
One thing we’re excited to announce this week is that we’re partnering with Arc’s Value Village as our official donation center for the Minsgame! Sara, Heather and I will take over the @thriftstylist Instagram account on Nov 11 to give you a sneak peek into our donations, as well as give you the rundown of how an actual donation goes so you can see that’s it’s super easy!
We love supporting AVV because they’re a local non-profit that supports the Arc Greater Twin Cities which helps adults and children with disabilities. When you donate, you’ll get a receipt which will include a coupon to use towards your next purchase. Not that we’re encouraging people to buy more, of course, but it’s a great place to start if you’re in need of something specific. Before you donate, I’d encourage you to read this article that Karen posted in the Facebook group to make sure you’re putting enough thought into your donations.
This brings me to another aspect of the Minsgame that I’ve truly come to love: the sharing of knowledge among everyone in the group. People freely share their insight, or someone will ask a question that leads to a productive conversation. Here are some great examples:
Jayne: “If you’re getting rid of purses (as long as they are in good shape) you can fill them with hotel toiletries or other unused toiletries that you don’t need as well as feminine hygiene products, snacks, socks, maybe a dollar or two. Put them in your car to share with those in need when you cross paths or take them to a women’s shelter.”
Lane posted this article that’s a good think piece.
Sara: “I took my Day 5 things (2 TIVOs, 2 flash drives, and a Palm Pilot) to Best Buy to recycle and it was so easy. I didn’t have to fill anything out and they didn’t look thru my things to accept/reject them. I just handed it all over. Plus as I was walking in, I noticed bins for other things that can be recycled. A few examples are gift cards, printer cartridges, rechargeable batteries, and cables, cords, and wires.”
Take a look at Tech Dump, which takes place Nov 14. They’re accepting so many things, from electronics to batteries to ink & toner. Total bonus that one of the drop off locations is the Richfield AVV!
I have a combination of just envelopes and cards with envelopes that total upwards of 200, and when I inquired about what to do with them, Rachel mentioned Junket: Tossed and Found, I received a quick response via Facebook that they would happily accept them as a donation. I’d also encourage you to check out this Facebook event regarding their November Recycle Drive where they’re accepting bags of all kinds throughout the month.
We’ve also planned a celebration party at Insight Brewing! If you’re in the Twin Cities area, please join us on Dec 1 – you can click here to RSVP to the Facebook event, or feel free to just show up. And finally, head over to The North Nabe who made us a fun, shiny MinsgameBOSS page. They have many other bloggers post on their site, so be sure to take time to look around while you’re there.
Don’t forget to use #minsgameBOSS when posting on Instagram and twitter! We’d also love for you to join the Facebook group. Now click the links below to read about Week Two for Anthony, Heather and Sara.