Discuss your Freecycle successes



  • geordie_ben
    geordie_ben Forumite Posts: 3,118
    Tenth Anniversary
    I'm loving freecycle. Buying our first home has been rather pricey, but being able to fill it with free 'stop-gap' furniture has been a god send.

    We've listed quite a bit too :)

    As for large furniture, I've either crammed it into my car, or asked a mate with a van :)
  • Mary_Hartnell
    Mary_Hartnell Forumite Posts: 874 Forumite
    I took a large armchair from Birmingham to London on a roof rack on a mini type car.
    Had to keep down to 55 MPH though and it did not rain.:D
  • KxMx
    KxMx Forumite Posts: 10,376
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    We don't drive here or have access to someone to give us lifts/a van so we limit ourselves to giving. Still does us a huge favour as we can't get to the tip for the same reasons! Although I did manage to get a printer by going on the bus :) Due to health issues not possible now though.
  • jeanmd
    jeanmd Forumite Posts: 2,359
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Photogenic Combo Breaker
    We received a lovely extending dining table and chairs from a lady called Sarah last week to whom we're very grateful. We have a picasso and it's surprising what you can get in there with the seats out. :)
    £2021 in 2021 no.17 £1,093.20/£2021
  • Mary_Hartnell
    Mary_Hartnell Forumite Posts: 874 Forumite
    .......and that will be the Citroen Picasso car:D

    Probably not one from the "blue period".
  • matchmade
    matchmade Forumite Posts: 58 Forumite
    It costs construction sites a fortune to dispose of unwanted materials: from fixtures and fittings and roof timbers from demolished houses, to sand and gravel left over from builders merchants sacks, to bricks suitable for a small extension or garden wall, timber offcuts suitable for burning, skirting boards, even paint. Many builders and developers over-order by 10% to cover on-site wastage and theft, yet the cost of disposal keeps on rising with landfill taxes and we don't want to store leftover materials because a) you have to pay for storage space, b) you are left with pile of little bits to organise, and c) you have to pay twice over to get the stuff moved to your storage site and then again to wherever you intend to use it eventually.

    I'm a small developer and I've shifted loads of unwanted material from demolitions through Freegle: double-glazing to people building extensions, their own conservatories and lean-to greenhouses; guttering and timber to allotment holders; loft insulation to someone insulating their garage to make a home cinema; even two pine tree stumps to a wood sculptor who wanted to cut and polish up the beautiful wood grain.

    On my construction sites I've given away brand-new doors that were chipped by an idiot carpenter so weren't good enough for the new houses but were perfectly good for someone's home extension. I've also given literally tons of softwood offcuts to people with wood-burning stoves, leftover bits of plumbing and electrical supplies, etc etc. I gain because I don't have to pay to dispose of all this stuff; the Freegle-ites obviously gain from the free materials.
  • Charlotte49
    Charlotte49 Forumite Posts: 228 Forumite
    I got six huge carriers full of Nursing Standard magazines, they're quite thin and are usually about £2.20 each so I dread to think how much they must have cost to buy! So useful for my nursing interviews as they have all the issues of the time and academic essays, so it was very kind of her to put them on.
  • Taz_Devil
    Taz_Devil Forumite Posts: 9 Forumite
    I've been a freecycle.org member for a few years now and am a member of my local Facebook freecycle site. I've given away all sorts of things from old crockery/cuttlery to a laptop and flat screen TV. My weirdest give away that was taken up were the old skins that my snake had shed. I have received various items like exorcise equipment and electrical hook up for camping.

    So really anything goes that someone else could use or might find interesting.

    The main thing to remember is that giving holds you in good stead with the site you use even if it seems insignificant. Someone out there may want what you have to offer.
  • smeeth
    smeeth Forumite Posts: 578
    Part of the Furniture 500 Posts
    I love Freecyle, it's a really worthwhile site.

    I've given away things that I thought no-one would want (a telescopic curtain pole) and received some great things back.

    Just today I got 6 pc games from a lovely lady, all of which I've wanted for a while. Result!!
    Anchor yourself to the foundations of everything you love.

    Thank you to all those who post competitions!:beer:
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