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Baggy

Free cycle

does anyone use this?
what have you got from it?
so far i have got a solid pine book case all what was needed was sanding down and re-waxing ,which is what im currently doing.

A rotating compost and a sofa bed.

i am amazed in what people chuck away.
monkeybum

Yes we use it regularly. Got rid of all the old baby stuff aswell as a host of other things. Just gave away a carrier of frozen sloes cos I picked too many and needed the freezer space. Got a lovely email from the guy who picked them up letting me know what brews he had made and the recipes for them. We have received a bread maker, a guinea pig hutch (3 storey job) and two wicker chairs for the sun room. We find freecycle OK as long as the people collecting are genuine or actually turn up for the stuff. We have been stood up a couple of times which narks me off. And with some people you know the item will end up on ebay a couple of days later!
Baggy

And with some people you know the item will end up on ebay a couple of days later!

do people do that :smt103

I got rid of a telly using free cycle.its a great idea and fantastic if poeple are just setting up home on it.
i also got four giant african land snails from it.
dtalbot

I'm a moderator of the Buxton Freecycle group and am a member of a few others.
Latest thing I've got is a fermenting bin to get my mead brewing in!
Am trying to give more than I get as I've way too much clutter around the house.
Great way of passing stuff on.
Pilsbury

picking up 6 demi johns tomorrow
dtalbot

Picking up a wood burner for the living room fireplace tomorrow
alpha

Uh being really thick I don't even know what it is but it sounds like something i would love...
Pilsbury

www.freecycle.org
there you go, find the groups near you and join them and you will recieve emails with people offering stuff or asking for stuff, the rules are everything must be free so no asking for anything in return,
some of the wanted are a bit silly like top of the range laptops and phones but i just ignore them.
i have given away 2 motorbikes and got loads of bits and peices in return from others
Baggy

alpha wrote:
Uh being really thick I don't even know what it is but it sounds like something i would love...


The idea is to keep it out of landfills.so if you want something you just post wanted ----whatever 9 times out of ten some one will reply to say that they have that item all you need to do is pick it up.

if you have something to offer then just post offer---whatever someone will reply to you that they want it.

its that simple and great if you say have a new bed and want to get rid of the old one.people offer everything on them on mine someone even offered a metal garage.its amazing what people get rid off.plus you are doing your bit for the enviroment. :q37:
Bazzer

Just had a look and joined. Amazing what's on offer.
Well worth it.
dtalbot

Yep, it works fantastically well, I'd suggest you join at least a couple of local groups, particularly if you live in the countryside where there tend to be fewer members, say the local one and nearest big town or two. Keep to the few rules there are. One that might affect folks here is some groups have a no livestock rule, and that do allow animals all say only pets not offered or wanted specifically for breeding or eating! And have fun Freecycling.
Baggy

Just picked up two compost bins from free cycle.They are the hinged bins .its amazing what people are willing to give away.

As for the no live stock rules .mine allows it as someone about three weeks ago offered a border collie dog .I admit i was quite surprised to see it on there.
mogs

some one on our local one is offering a static caravan....obviously it has to me moved off site, but what an offer for anyone needing office space or a shed in a field.....
Gary

Its a great idea in priciple. The only down side is your email box. I have just got back from working away all week.
Did not check the pooter Saturday as I went out, checked it this morning and was greeted with 196 email messages all freecycle.

Was some good stuff on offer though. My wants keep gettting rejected by the area moderator.
Bazzer

They only allow a couple of "wants" a month and try to encourage "offers".
I think the idea is to stop people furnishing their houses or dealers/traders getting in on the act.
Pilsbury

Gary wrote:
Its a great idea in priciple. The only down side is your email box. I have just got back from working away all week.
Did not check the pooter Saturday as I went out, checked it this morning and was greeted with 196 email messages all freecycle.

Was some good stuff on offer though. My wants keep gettting rejected by the area moderator.


our mods are quite stricked about your wording in the tag line, it MUST be

Offered: Item, Area
and thats all so anyone getting the daily digests can skim through them and all the relaveny info is there in the name of the Email, I had a couple rejected, even offeres until i sussed that out.
dtalbot

Gary wrote:
My wants keep gettting rejected by the area moderator.


Who ever rejects them should at least tell you why (we certainly do on the group I Moderate), they'll be operating some particular rule which vary from group to group, e.g some say no wants unless you have posted at least 1 offer or others you can't ask for more things than you have offered. Drop the moderator a friendly note asking where you are going wrong.
Main things we reject wants for is people asking for the same thing to frequently (we allow once a month for the same item) or posting a shopping list of wants. We'd allow a post asking for say 2 closely related items e.g. a pet bed and pet blanket but if someone posted a list to say stock up their entire crockery collection we'd reject and ask them to ask for each thing seperatly then let our members decide if they asked for too much!
dtalbot

Pilsbury wrote:


our mods are quite stricked about your wording in the tag line, it MUST be

Offered: Item, Area
and thats all so anyone getting the daily digests can skim through them and all the relaveny info is there in the name of the Email, I had a couple rejected, even offeres until i sussed that out.


The rules on all groups are the subject line should start with Offered, Wanted, Recieved (only if you posted a want) or Taken (only if you posted an offer) followed by the item followed by your general location.
How tolerent the moderators are of variations varies from group to group, certainly that first key word and the item has to be there some will let a post through with missing location some won't.
Our group has about 1000 members and 4 of us moderating so we have time to sort things out and will edit the subject line if needed if we can get the info from the message, we'll only reject a message if we can't tell what the item is or if it is offered or wanted. But I can understand why some of the big busy groups don't have time to do it our way!
arian

Gary wrote:
Its a great idea in priciple. The only down side is your email box. I have just got back from working away all week.
Did not check the pooter Saturday as I went out, checked it this morning and was greeted with 196 email messages all freecycle.



Open a GoogleMail account and use it just for Freecycle. Currently about 5.5 GB of storage, which should allow a few weeks worth

Regards
arian
Martin

I love Gmail.

I have my 1 main Gmail account which I use for everything, 5GB storage now, there's no way I would fill that, for the last 2-3 years I've been using it to backup all my university work.

Using filters you could have the account put all the freecycle emails into a single folder so that they don't spam your inbox too much.
Pilsbury

to stop to much Email change the settings in edit membership to recieve daiy digeat only and just get 1 email a day with all teh items offered
freckle

Quote:
The only down side is your email box. I have just got back from working away all week.
Did not check the pooter Saturday as I went out, checked it this morning and was greeted with 196 email messages all freecycle.


That's nothing!!  I'm registered with four groups as we are in the middle of them all!  I hadn't checked it for a while, we then had to move house quickly and were in rented for 4 weeks, then since BT were so c**p another 6 weeks before getting online and a couple more before remembering Freecycle......over 26000 messages!!!  Took me a long time to delete then all!
Christine

Thank heavens for freecycle - it's been grand getting rid of the stuff that I don't want here. This downsizing thing has been a handful. But at least people have come round and taken stuff away with no effort on my part.

The only trouble is that not having a car and being a driver I've not been able to pick up a couple of items that would have been useful on the allotment (shame about the greenhouse - but family was on holiday that week - what a disaster).
Morlan75

I used freecycle at christmas (I needed a dineing table as my other one had busted), to return the faviour I advertised allot of things I didnt need had many responses for about 6 bundles of items, only 2 people bothered to turn up!.

rolleyes.gif
Captain Cockerel

Freecycle

Never picked up on this earlier but I use another email account for Freecycle.

Keeps your everyday email box uncluttered and means you can scan all of the Freecycle stuff more quickly then block delete..

Got a washing machine and furniture for the boy when he moved into an unfurnished flat.

Like someone else said some people are mad the stuff they give away.

Steve
Morlan75

I agree some really are mad or have more money than sense (thankfully in my case  :-) ) I've still got the table I was given its solid wood and 6 chairs country pub type style to buy it would have cos serious money I think to actually buy.

Well as the olde saying goes "One mans rubbish is another mans Gold"  :-)
Gareth

I have done well, receiving the following; An aromatherapy kit with 24 unused essential oils, worn out circular saw blades, demi johns, a Black and Decker workmate, Pine shelving, Beech wood two legged leaning shelf unit, food mixer/processor, ladies Mountain bike, acoustic guitar, 2 descant recorders, adjustable music stand, and music sheets, a perfectly working Awia 5 CD changer hi-f player, Beech wood corner unit, wooden bed slats, woodworkers Froe, tree debarking iron, and a few other smaller items.

Things I have given include; 3 portable TVs, 2 fireside arm chairs, pancake pan, 2 cordless vacuums, fixed music stand, an old Awia 3 CD changer hi-fi, 1gb mp3 player and other odds and sods.
Christine

There's a youth charity shop just down the road that picks up a certain amount of furniture in their van and some of the things that they get are brilliant.  3 piece suites for 50 and another fiver for delivery.

Tables, chairs, computer desks, shelves, bedroom stuff, pushchairs .... It's the appeal of the collection. People just ring up and someone takes it away.  Hell - very small town in middle of rural area and their turnover is phenomenal.

And this is on top of a couple of local and very active freecyle groups.

As you say - people have more money than sense.
Bex

WOW shocked.gif  I've never thought of using freecycle but I must look up my local group.
Christine

Have just had a top of of large tubs and planters from someone along road clearing up his garden before he goes on holiday. Some are for allotment and some are for front yard. Have been busy scrubbing this morning as they came out of many dark corners but heck - scrubbing is not a problem.

Will have to have a sort out of plant pots as I have a squillion of the middle sized ones - too big for the greenhouse and too small for being officially tubs and planters. See if anyone wants them via the same process.
Gareth

There seems to be a bit of Karma with me and freecycle. I find that if I want something, I have to offer something return, it just seems to workout that way.

I have a thing going with food processors at the moment, as I am upgrading through freecycle. I get one, use it for a week or two, another is offered, I receive that one, and then offer the food processor that I received a few weeks ago.

I have done well on my local freecycle over the last fortnight, having received 4 Bosch 9.6 volt drills in a job lot from one guy, 2 fishing bite alarms from another, a working coffee maker, the list goes on.

Had and interesting one a couple of weeks back, when I offered a Debenhams 16 jar rotating spice rack. A lady emailed me asking for it, and for my address so that she could collect etc.

So I replied, she then said that she was unsure at what time she could collect due the buses in Norwich. but as her address was on my usual route into the city, and that I drive down that road 3 times a week, and as I was just about to leave to collect the cordless drills, and would be driving along the road that she lived on, I offered to deliver.

I called at her house to drop off the spice rack, Knocked on the door, and an absolutely beautiful, long raven haired woman in her late 30's answered. I got invited in to have a coffee for being so kind as to deliver, we got chatting, and have been out together on 3 dates since.

So far this week it has been; one oldish small B&D workmate gone, and one large all singing, all dancing B&D workmate collected by me, also a Beech wood effect computer desk, so I have advertised the glass and chrome TV stand that I received a couple of months ago.
bigphil

I have tried and never managed to register!!! :q52:
bigphil

Inspired by this thread I have tried again to login to freecycle. Guess I'm just not educated/posh enough for this elite group.
Christine

You have to create yourself a Yahoo email account first Phil and then you should have no trouble at all registering with groups very close to where you live.
Christine

Gareth wrote:
I called at her house to drop off the spice rack, Knocked on the door, and an absolutely beautiful, long raven haired woman in her late 30's answered. I got invited in to have a coffee for being so kind as to deliver, we got chatting, and have been out together on 3 dates since.

Didn't know it did dating as well  :smt064
Gareth

Christine wrote:
Gareth wrote:
I called at her house to drop off the spice rack, Knocked on the door, and an absolutely beautiful, long raven haired woman in her late 30's answered. I got invited in to have a coffee for being so kind as to deliver, we got chatting, and have been out together on 3 dates since.

Didn't know it did dating as well :smt064


I am a live alone, 45 year old widower....therefore I try not to miss a trick.


BTW, there was an advert on my local freecycle a few weeks go;

Offered Nagging machine. Well worn, a little frayed around the edges, but comfortable.  Will deliver any distance, the further the better.
Seabird

Big Phil wrote:
I have tried and never managed to register!!! :q52:


Amanda Lynne and I have spent all afternoon going round in cyber circles trying to register on freecycle. Still not on.
We think it would be easier to break into Fort Knox or circumnavigate the moon.
kaz

I never managed to register either rolleyes.gif

I kept getting redirected to some obscure area with no where else to go.
Gareth

Do you have yahoo email accounts?

If not, you'll have to register with Yahoo.

www.yahoo.com
debbie

I haven't managed it either - I opened a Yahoo account then everything disappeared and the only sense I could get out of the machine was about a damn pink laptop - everytime I try and sign in now thats all that comes up!
Hawkeye

I've had the same trouble as Kaz and Debbie never been able to get on even after registering with yahoo
Gareth

Here is the link to take you straight to the list of UK  freecycle goups.

http://www.freecycle.org/groups/unitedkingdom/

Scroll down to your local group.

Do not click on the "Join" Icon.    

Click on the "Go To" Icon


When you arrive at the the selected group's front page, click on the "Join this group" Icon near to the top right hand side of the page (usually coloured blue).

Then enter your email details. Further down the page you will see the email delivery selections; Individual, Special notices, web only, and daily digest (that is the setting that I would recommend). Scroll down the page and enter the confirmation code.


Job done.
Lorrainelovesplants

From freecycle Ive had some videoas, a high chair  (for the B&B room), a travel cot (from the B&B room) and a guitar.
Have given a photocopier (working) and various small items.
Good system, but some of the wants!!!

If I thought Id get a laptop or a boat, I'd ask too, I suppose!
Gareth

On Broadland Freecycle (which covers the Norfolk Broards area) rowing boats, skiffs and canoes make  regular apperances in the Offered sections. Last year we even had a working hovercraft, and a 5 metre day boat offered. Currently there is a complete set of 16 foot canadian canoe fibreglass moulds offered. If I had the space,  :q52: I would have already fetched them.
mrutty

In Devon we get 100+ WANTED posts a day with all of them knowing more than everyone else.

Example WANTED DVD drive for a Dell laptop.

Now I have tons of drives laying around so I said to the guy that he could have one but he'd have to strip off the caddy from his bust drive and fit one of mine ones. He came back and told me I was wrong and it wouldn't work. I politely mailed him back and even offered to fit it for him, but no I was wrong and he still has a bust laptop.

Mine you I am getting used to the people of North Devon knowing everything, not able to tell the truth and unable to dip their lights in winter. Their only saving grace is that they are slightly better than tourists.
dtalbot

If you are having problems registering go to your local groups home page and down near the bottom there will be a list of group email addys, just send off a meesage to the group owner explaing your problem and they ill get you sorted (well at least me or one of the others on the owners team would on the groups I moderate)
Cheers
David
debbie

mrutty wrote:

Mine you I am getting used to the people of North Devon knowing everything, not able to tell the truth and unable to dip their lights in winter. Their only saving grace is that they are slightly better than tourists.
 

Blinking heck Mark, why do you stay if we're all that bad??
mrutty

Typical example of the local freecycle

Quote:
WANTED: 32inch TV with scarts


The reason given is that theirs has just blown up.

No issue there but wouldn't any TV do???

Freecycle is about keeping stuff out of landfill.

Just checked todays messages 15 Wanted compare to 5 offered. All the Wanteds are large items.

In Swindon it was odd to see a Wanted and they were mainly small items. The sort of thing you might have hidden in a cupboard.
Gareth

Here is a copy and paste of today's Norwich freecycle digest;

1. Offered: Garden Table - NR5 West Earlham From: Helen
2. taken bookcase and side unit nr3 angel rd aera From: Susan Rudling
3. re;offered stone chip and repair kit angel rd area nr3 From: Susan Rudling
4. Offered - Pine Bunks - Sprowston NR7 From: lisaatsumi
5. OFFERED: Bits of turf - NR4 Corie Rd From: bolti1977
6. OFFERED: Garden roller - NR4 Corie Rd From: bolti1977
7. OFFERED: baby bottles, muslins, baby bather & bibs, NR3 Gertrude Roa From: rosehoare
8. OFFERED - inflatable double mattress plus pump - NR2 (Unthank Rd) From: ajj2505
9. offered - air chisel set. north earlham, nr5 From: lara fulcher
10. offered Pokemon cards and books. woodcock rd area nr3 From: debsfrior
11. offered small electric keyboard. woodcock rd area nr3 From: debsfrior
12. wanted: small tent Nr4 nr UEA From: n11boundsgreen
13. TAKEN: 2 large polystyrene boxes.  NR3 Constitution Hill From: Alison Bancroft
14. Offered dvd player nr7 wroxham rd From: martin1959smith
15. Offered  - Green electric recliner chair good condition- NR2 Unthank From: beckylaudan
16. Taken NR2 white bathroom sink and pedestal From: beckylaudan
17. Wanted: Left Hand Crank  for bicycle NR2 Earlham Road From: cardewgordon
18. Taken motor mower Costessey From: theobscure_jude
19. Offered NR3 Angel Rd 2 Lexmark printers From: kathm36
20. taken briefcase woodcock rd area nr3 From: debsfrior
21. wanted - Welsh Dresser-nr2 From: medusamedusamedusa
22. taken  - air chisel set. north earlham, nr5 From: lara fulcher

And today's digest from Broadland freecycle;

1. WANTED Items to help recycle in my garden. NR6 Hellesdon From: kas19298
2. OFFERED - Desk/laminated chipboard Sprowston NR7 From: cakes2ice
3. OFFERED  White "bumpy" Wall Tiles  NR12  Hoveton From: Tattiebogle
4. OFFERED  Bubble wrap and polystyrene packing NR12 Hoveton From: Tattiebogle
5. OFFERED  Carpet Tiles  NR12 Hoveton From: Tattiebogle

Seems to me that the inhabitants of Norwich and Norfolk are embracing the true spirit and ethics of freecycle
mrutty

Gareth, that's what I'm used to seeing so you can understand why I'm a bit grumpy about the Devon Freecycle.

I've given

Fridge/freezer
TV (someone gave me their old TV so it only seemed fair)
Oil boiler
Computer Stuff
Electric Hob

Taken
Crockerals (Had to take 5 even though I only wanted the Buff Orbs)
chantel cherie

I've just started using the Portmadoc freecycle, you can get some really good stuff. At the moment I'm after a wooden shed for some of my small livestock, so I've posted my first wanted message and I'm keeping my fingers crossed
Hawkeye

how do you get on the Porthmadoc site Chantel ?
dtalbot

Hawkeye wrote:
how do you get on the Porthmadoc site Chantel ?


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PorthmadogFreeCycle/

To find a group in your area just go to www.freecycle.org.uk and follow the links to drill down to your area.

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