Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I mean, it's free...

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, and that's true but there IS such a thing as free paint, furniture, wood, and just about anything people want rid of. Of course, scavengers and dumpster divers have always known this. But, in the digital age, fortunately for us, there's Freecycle.

Freecycle is an online place to offer and request just about anything (though no medications, illegal stuff, or pets!). It's locally based but you can find yours at Freecycle.org. It's philosophical aim is to keep stuff out of landfills.

I've mostly listed things as offers (though I have gotten stuff too...like my microwave and a Swiffer handle when mine broke). This brings me to the whole point of this post...I managed to offload a few things yesterday including makeup sponges and bug spray that I didn't need. Someone is supposed to pick up makeup today (part of a set, too dark). Small items, yes, but in a small apartment little things make a big difference!

What never ceases to amaze me, however, is how people--to whom you are giving FREE things, i.e. something for nothing, will blow you off. It's ridiculous. I have a zero tolerance policy... If someone blows me off, I give it to someone else!

Anyway I'm making a dent in my mountain of discards. I expect this weekend to see vastly more!


  1. Haven't used Freecycle in awhile (since NOLA days) but I remember having people blow me off, sometimes after several online conversations where they seemed very committed. I guess that, even though the products are free, it's still the buyers' judgment calls: is it worth the cost of gas, or the time to get over there, in order to obtain the free stuff? I don't think I've ever blown anyone off (that I can recall) but I have had people give stuff away that they had promised went to me because I was first in the queue, simply because I couldn't get there soon enough. Hopefully no hard feelings, right? At least no money has been exchanged.

  2. True--It just gets my goat when people are rude. But, I've also met great freecyclers and have had appreciative freecyclers. This time, I requested a "story" to decide who to give my old flower pots to. It was great--I got some good reasons. I chose to give it to a grandmother who wanted to teach her grandkids how to plant. (She can teach me after). When i called her, she was at the grocery store and started off by saying "I'll be right out, I have to get some Murphy's Oil Soap." She thought I was her friend waiting outside for her. This endeared her to me further!


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