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Calli

Jumbletown, Freecycle and Charity Shops

We have had a great summer from the above - carpets to curtains, even a television ( shame there is currently no reception    )

Would have to say that there are some wonderful people out there!

Woodsmoke

Freecycle's a fantastic resource! We replaced our entire kitchen free of charge from a very kind lady who was replacing her year-old one. All we had to buy were worktops & fixings

Jo's a moderator for the Perth group, so as a perk she gets first pick of any offers..............we've had some amazing freebies! From the kitchen, a brand new bench grinder for my workshop, to the 30 a box tiles I've just redone the bathroom with!

It's good to see there are people out there who would rather things went to people who will use & appreciate them, rather than just flog them off for a few quid, or chuck them in a skip!  

And on the flip side, we've given away umpteen items that have helped people out too................it's a great feeling to know you've helped someone out
kaz

I have never got to grips with freecycle here  I have never managed to get them to acknowledge my email address
Gareth

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Jo's a moderator for the Perth group, so as a perk she gets first pick of any offers..............we've had some amazing freebies



Freecycle, or Freegle as it is known down here in East Anglia is a superb resource. However things are not all smelling of roses in the garden, and I amongst others have had a few bad experiences.

I have had moderators of the groups that I belong to intercept my offer postings and basically cherry pick for themselves without allowing the rank and file members the opportunity of even applying for the items. I agree Moderators are needed to control and edit the dross and offensive material sometimes posted, and to prevent controlled items being offered. However, the moderators should only apply for an item along with everyone else, giving everybody a chance of a sometimes much needed item.
Christine

One of our local charity shops is a sort of freecycle system all of it's own. It has use of a van and volunteer drivers so collects decent furniture and offers it for sale. They can also deliver. Makes it easier for those of us who can't drive (that makes freecycle a bit of a no go for a lot of us).

Standard of offerings in a lot of the charity shops locally is on the decline as it seems that people are either buying supermarket/discount stores which don't really do second hand well or are flogging their own stuff at car boot/on ebay and only giving where they can't get rid of stuff any other way.
J20

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Jo's a moderator for the Perth group, so as a perk she gets first pick of any offers..............we've had some amazing freebies


Thats not always the case, most of the time I have too amend the post because the members dont follow the rules and put whats needed on the subject line! the post is usually authorised and then if I want the item I send an email.

Its known as Freegle up here as there was a major run in with the actual owners in the states! hence why freecycle was skipped and freegle was formed.

Gareth wrote:
I have had moderators of the groups that I belong to intercept my offer postings and basically cherry pick for themselves without allowing the rank and file members the opportunity of even applying for the items.


Most of the members up here dont give too the first person that replies, but offers the fair chance policy, which is fair enough and gives everyone a chance, im quite lucky as I do get a lot of offers, with some members im on first name terms with, and as Im a volunteer for a spaniel rescue site and also collect cat/dog food etc for the local battersea so too speak, I usually get the first email to say that I can have the item.

I have given away some expensive items too, especially when I moved in with Stu, so I guess people remember you, also I usually exchange goods for homemade goods or eggs! Again people remember you for this.
Jonty

I got a very nice fridge from freegle the other day, there's some fetlling to be done as it's having a temperature controller fitted and will be my beer 'kegorator' with my newly acquired ebay beer handpump fitted to the top.

I also had a great deal on some home brewing equipment, barrel/fermenter heater etc recently from a local charity shop which would have been over 150 new and cost me 8
lottie

kaz wrote:
I have never got to grips with freecycle here I have never managed to get them to acknowledge my email address

I've had 4 goes at joining the Aber freecycle with no success--someones loss as I ended up giving the local C.R.A.F.T. place a 1 year old washing machine, and various other good condition items that wouldn't fit in after our move. I had no prpblem being a freecycle member before the move. I thought it was just Aber,but perhaps it's a more widespread problem.

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