The premise is simple: take what you need and give what you don't. The Free Box is a Telluride, Colorado tradition that's been in place since the 1970's. It's been rumored that it closed earlier this year, but whether that's true or not, the Free Box is a great source of inspiration...
Sure, it's mostly full of small household items and used clothing. But it's also a place to pick up used skis for a visitor coming to town and a place to bring them back when the visitor leaves. A Sony flat-screen TV was once deposited there.
Would you use a Free Box in your neighborhood? We could certainly see one being of use in ours.
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