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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 27th Mar 18, 10:36 AM
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    What's the best thing you've got on Freecycle?
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    • 27th Mar 18, 10:36 AM
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    What's the best thing you've got on Freecycle? 27th Mar 18 at 10:36 AM
    Just that really ... We're writing about it in the email, and I love to hear what the best ever thing you've got on Freegle or Freecycle is. Thanks
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    • owdcodger
    • By owdcodger 27th Mar 18, 3:16 PM
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    • 27th Mar 18, 3:16 PM
    i got a stereo amplifier,cd player and speaker's.all top of the range panasonic's.i was well chuffed.we had given load's of stuff before and after,and continue giving
    • mummyof5
    • By mummyof5 27th Mar 18, 3:35 PM
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    • 27th Mar 18, 3:35 PM
    A bread maker for me.
    • telemarks
    • By telemarks 27th Mar 18, 3:42 PM
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    • 27th Mar 18, 3:42 PM
    Exactly the right number of bricks to make a feature fireback, and the right number of old quarry tiles to make a hearth, as well as enough cut Bath stone to exactly make one doorway and one window.

    All from the same generous Freecycler, 2miles away, and before having taken any measurements! No idea how it all fitted so well, it was just "meant to be".
    • slbhill
    • By slbhill 28th Mar 18, 11:10 AM
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    • 28th Mar 18, 11:10 AM
    I've had (& given) some great stuff on Freecycle over the years but sadly I think articles like this fuel the endless over the top greedy requests that are making Freecyclers (and Freeglers) leave in droves. My local group is full of people wanting top-of-the-line goods and totally missing the point, which is KEEPING STUFF OUT OF LANDFILL. Yes you might bag some top quality items if you're in the right place at the right time, but I think Freecycle is suffering from these kind of articles.


    It's also worth emphasising that usually if you're being given something then you need to be able to collect it.


    I know this is a money saving site so it's relevant to talk about what people have received, but why not include a section on the most random stuff people have *given away*, to at least partly balance it out?


    I gave away a metal garden shed once (when I upgraded to a bigger one). It was in more than 100 pieces but the guy who took it was confident he could rebuild it, rather him than me!


    My mum offered at least a dozen pairs of knitting needles when she cleared out her craft stash - allowing a youth leader to teach their entire group to knit :-)
    • redagila
    • By redagila 28th Mar 18, 5:56 PM
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    My mum offered at least a dozen pairs of knitting needles when she cleared out her craft stash - allowing a youth leader to teach their entire group to knit :-)
    Originally posted by slbhill

    Lucky youth leader. I belong to a group that were about to teach local Guides to knit. When we approached the local Red Cross charity shop to buy any needles, we were told they could no longer sell them & had just thrown away the large collection they had had on sale the previous week!
    • jenniewb
    • By jenniewb 29th Mar 18, 3:27 PM
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    • 29th Mar 18, 3:27 PM
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    • 29th Mar 18, 3:27 PM
    A light box- not for SAD but used for tracing (as in drawing/transferring images from one piece of paper to another). I think it was previously owned by a newspaper office but as someone who draws and sketches was very useful to me and though a lot more sleek, similar versions today are not cheap!

    I've given away loads of random things in the past, no idea what happens to them but have to say, the best feeling is when someone actually shows up rather than any feel-good feeling on helping the environment or helping someone else out. I also wish it were easier to pick people who did show up against offering it out to those who don't.

    I'd also like a version that didn't require I sign up to Yahoo. I had to leave in the end as my email kept getting hacked (I don't have things to give away every day so didn't check my emails every day) and then it would send people spam or links that people actually thought were from me and dumped viruses or similar to their accounts. I now just give away on Gumtree because at least I don't have to be signed up to Yahoo.
    • bexster1975
    • By bexster1975 30th Mar 18, 10:09 AM
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    • 30th Mar 18, 10:09 AM
    I've had lots of things. Floor tiles for my bathroom ( three whole boxes which the person who donated had left over). Carpet remnants which carpeted my hall, several bits of small furniture that I have repaired, painted and still use, free tickets for an antique fair.....

    Bexster
    • lydias
    • By lydias 30th Mar 18, 10:39 AM
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    • 30th Mar 18, 10:39 AM
    A pinball machine from the 1970's - but it did need a specialist service!

    A huge thank you to all who post the comps and deals that make life so much fun!
    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 31st Mar 18, 4:22 PM
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    A lovely sewing machine, vintage and in perfect working order - better than a new one, with more attachments than I'd ever seen before. Oh, and an overlocker and a tailors dummy. All items have since been in constant use.

    Can I just say - if I receive anything on Freecycle, I always email the person afterwards to say "thank you" - always! I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times someone has paid me the same courtesy. Quick enough to reply to an offer though!
    • Ken68
    • By Ken68 31st Mar 18, 6:30 PM
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    The best ever thing I got from Freecycle was a reclining chair, still have it more than 10 years later and in daily use.
    Have given away lots of stuff, mainly gardening equipment and plants.
    Am not convinced that Freecycling is totally a good thing, all those cars and vans crisscrossing the country belching out loads of pollution
    Though, thinking about it no different that boot sales.
    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 31st Mar 18, 7:33 PM
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    Freecycle works both ways for me - giving and receiving. I've donated all sorts of stuff, clothes, kitchen table, Ikea chairs (Peong, I think they're called - originally came from Freecycle, and donated back when I no longer needed them), crockery, books, and various other items.

    Apart from the Peong chairs, I have received a few things as well. My granddaughter loves her toddler sized bed. Once she has finished with it (unless my daughter has another child first), it will be donated to someone else. I donated her highchair that I had for my house, as she rarely used it. Hopefully someone else benefitted.

    Perhaps one of the best things that I received wasn't actually something that I had gone to pick up though. I'd gone to collect a bag of wool, to use with my Rainbows and Brownies. The lady that I collected from was quite interested in my volunteering, and asked if we could use a stack of Percy the Park-keeper magazines that had belonged to her own child. There are so many activities that we have been able to use with the Rainbows, and they take up very little space.
    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 31st Mar 18, 8:07 PM
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    I'd also like a version that didn't require I sign up to Yahoo. I had to leave in the end as my email kept getting hacked (I don't have things to give away every day so didn't check my emails every day) and then it would send people spam or links that people actually thought were from me and dumped viruses or similar to their accounts. I now just give away on Gumtree because at least I don't have to be signed up to Yahoo.
    Originally posted by jenniewb
    Why not open an account with a gmail address? I have a special gmail address just used for Freecycle, another one for shopping and then my main one for friends/family and a fourth "odds & sods" one for everything else.
    • pinkladyvenus
    • By pinkladyvenus 9th Apr 18, 8:14 PM
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    I gave some packets of seeds away, on Freecycle and the lady who turned up to collect them, gave me 12 free range eggs from her chickens.
    Sealed pot challenge member 437
    • Gaia
    • By Gaia 10th Apr 18, 5:51 PM
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    You no longer need to use a Yahoo email address now that all Freecycle groups are hosted on the dedicated freecycle.org website and servers.

    Just go to www.freecycle.org to find your local group(s).
    "Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience." Anon.
    • LoulaFanoula
    • By LoulaFanoula 14th Apr 18, 8:40 PM
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    Garden furniture and toys for my children plus a hammock for me and my OH
    • Ken68
    • By Ken68 15th Apr 18, 10:31 AM
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    Best thing I ever gave away was some parquet flooring, wish I hadn't....the chap that collected was in a Jag.
    • purple45
    • By purple45 29th Apr 18, 1:52 PM
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    The best thing I ever got was a drum kit! The best thing I ever gave away was a piano! It has worked beautifully well for me giving and receiving and I've never been let down by anyone!
    Many thanks to everyone who posts competitions and works so hard to provide all the answers!
    Best wins this year so far: 100 Hobbycraft Voucher, 50 cash, GoPro Camera
    • AubreyMac
    • By AubreyMac 6th May 18, 12:52 AM
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    I've had (& given) some great stuff on Freecycle over the years but sadly I think articles like this fuel the endless over the top greedy requests that are making Freecyclers (and Freeglers) leave in droves. My local group is full of people wanting top-of-the-line goods and totally missing the point, which is KEEPING STUFF OUT OF LANDFILL. Yes you might bag some top quality items if you're in the right place at the right time, but I think Freecycle is suffering from these kind of articles.


    It's also worth emphasising that usually if you're being given something then you need to be able to collect it.


    I know this is a money saving site so it's relevant to talk about what people have received, but why not include a section on the most random stuff people have *given away*, to at least partly balance it out?


    I gave away a metal garden shed once (when I upgraded to a bigger one). It was in more than 100 pieces but the guy who took it was confident he could rebuild it, rather him than me!


    My mum offered at least a dozen pairs of knitting needles when she cleared out her craft stash - allowing a youth leader to teach their entire group to knit :-)
    Originally posted by slbhill

    I used to work with someone who, on the side, collected white goods from freecycle to sell on. made a bit of money too - so much so that he reduced his working week to 4 days just so he can spend 1 day to collect and sell.


    There must be something about white goods that attracts people, even broken ones. When my parents washing machine broke, my dad moved it outdoors so that its out the way - council was due to collect in a week for free but overnight it was stolen. The same thing happened to two other people I know and we all live in private roads or cul-de-sacs! I'd love an explanation for this.


    Me personally, although I have looked on freecycle I've never gotten anything. It's difficult without a big car.
    • DollarPincher
    • By DollarPincher 12th May 18, 1:47 PM
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    Portable speakers
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