Overcast skies and damp grass didn't keep people from their annual rounds on Precycle Day.

Overcast skies and damp grass didn't keep people from their annual rounds on Precycle Day.

"Stuff disappeared; we had a lot of shoppers," organizer Fred Yaeger said of the April 20-21 event on the streets of Worthington.

This was the second year for "precycling." As with last year, from 6 p.m. the first day to 8 p.m. the second, residents placed items they wanted to give away in front of their homes.

Anyone who wanted the merchandise, ranging from books to toys to furniture, simply stopped and hauled it away.

The idea is to keep "stuff" from the landfill, to give it a new life with someone who needs or wants it.

It also was a way to promote neighborhood relationships, as people tend to gather and talk while they browse.

Last year, about 10 percent of Worthington residents gave items away. The numbers probably were slightly lower this year because of the rain, but people still came out in droves to look for a good "pick."

"Most of it disappeared on Wednesday night or Thursday morning," Yaeger said.

Among the items set out this year were a coffeemaker, a picnic table, a basketball backboard and luggage.

One woman found a single-bed frame for her son, who was moving out, and another neighbor was thrilled to find a child's desk for her daughter.

There were some negative reports of people clipping cords from electrical appliances. They sell the wire for its copper.

Getting the word out is always the greatest challenge, Yaeger said. Although Precycle Day has a website as part of Sustainable Worthington, and some helpers distribute fliers in their neighborhoods, most of those he asked said they had learned of the event from their neighborhood newspaper, Yaeger said.

He "absolutely" plans to keep the event going, and people from Clintonville also are making plans to begin Precycle Day there, he said.

The event is gaining attention regionally, with a nomination for an Emerald award, which is given annually by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO).

Called "Central Ohio's premier green awards program," it recognizes green leaders among businesses, nonprofit organizations, schools, people and events.

Precycle Day is nominated in the Good Neighbor category. The awards will be given May 17.

"I think it is wonderful," Yaeger said. "It really helps show that people in our area want to be sustainable; they want to do the right thing."