I love the show Hoarders – like a good horror film it scares the bejeezus out of me. At some point in every episode I think There but for the grace of a good cleaning lady and a tidy husband, go I. Every time I watch it I am both horrified and motivated to toss everything in my house.
For that reason, I also love freecycle.org. Freecycle is a place where you can post your unwanted items and people can claim them. The items have to be free. You can post Offers (stuff you are giving away) and Wants (stuff that you hope someone is willing to give you).
I only post offers, in my constant effort to declutter. At first, I only posted stuff that was pretty good and I was sure would be wanted. Then I realized that there is always someone that wants your crap. I love posting something and then counting the seconds until I get an email from someone that wants it. Good stuff gets about ten requests in the first 60 seconds. Mediocre stuff may take about ten minutes to get claimed. If no one wants it after an hour, just forget about it (this only happened once with a broken artificial Christmas tree that I undersold).
My husband hates freecycle. He is sure that I am giving away priceless treasures.
I usually try to freecycle when he is at work, but Saturdays are really the best day to get rid of stuff. One Saturday I was going freecycle crazy. I love it when people really want my stuff, and they tell me wonderful stories of how I saved them from despair. For example, I had an old music stand from my son’s days as a high school trumpeter. Several people pleaded with me for it. Husband saw it sitting by the door.
Husband: What are you doing with that?
Me: Freecycling it.
Husband: That’s was expensive. You could sell that for a lot of money.
Me: It was $15 new and probably worth $3 used.
He picked it up and opened it, examining the fine craftsmanship.
Husband: What if Son needs this?
Me: He doesn’t even play anymore, and even when he did, he never actually practiced. Besides, a woman emailed that her daughter just started band and she needs one. They are probably really poor and can’t afford one. We are helping people and supporting the Arts. However, if you want to sell it on eBay and pack and ship it, be my guest.
Husband folded up the stand in defeat. He looked out the front window.
Husband: I think your destitute mom is here.
I looked out to see a woman hop out of a luxury Lexus SUV and come to claim her stand.
Me: Well, at least we kept it out of the landfill.
My favorite freecycle experience was donating my old iPhone. I had no use for it. My son wanted it to take apart and do who-knows-what with the parts. I saw a Wanted post:
Child has a rare disorder and is autistic,
non verbal. Mom cant afford such device. Many
communication apps available. mom believes this would help. Anyone
upgrading or have one not in use, please email me.
I emailed the woman. She was very grateful and send me a link to his youtube video:
I cry every time I watch it.
Not all freecycles are as important. Most of this looks like junk, but it is usually claimed. Here are a few of my favorite posted offers:
HANDYMAN SPECIAL OFFERS:
I have a Sunbeam Stand Mixer, it is red, Heritage Series. One of the beaters does not spin properly..If someone is handy, perhaps it could be repaired.
craftsman 24inch two stage blower—stopped running will not start
This is a lightly used Polaroid DVC-00725F Digital Camcorder. There’s nothing wrong with it, other than the quality of video is so-so. But hey, if you don’t have ANY videocam this is better than what you have now. And it’s free!
Black and Decker Glass Jar. The jar and motor (base unit) work fine.
However, the plastic parts that screw onto the jar are cracked, leading to leaking issues. I’m not even sure what a glass jar is??
craftsman 24inch two stage blower—stopped running will not start. pickup heavy NEED 2 PEOPLE AND A TRUCK
Speaker for computer. speakers have been iffy in working and HP all in one printer-has problems so no guarantees that either work
Small table has three legs that screw in to the top but should have 4...
probably a quick fix with a Home Depot trip.
White 4 Slice Black and Decker Toaster. Needs to be cleaned up. The
two left side work just fine. The two right sides burn the toast but
it may only need cleaning.
27″ Zenith TV, Not Working, 17 years old
Table lamp with glass shade. Was touch activated but touch no longer works
NEEDS A LITTLE TLC OFFERS:
Long black wool scarf with tassels on the ends.Please note that we have cats and there are a few cat hairs on it.
Son’s of Anarchy hoodie I have a men’s medium. There are a few paint spots on the hoodie part and the zipper is broken. This was claimed right away. These Son’s of Anarchy must be popular.
This was an awesome baby bathtub–if you press the beak, it quacks. And, it’s easy to blow up. Unfortunately, I think my 25 pound one year old became too big for it and it developed a hole. Does anyone want this before it goes in the garbage?
Floral Punch Rug in La Grange. Floral Rug measures approximately 5 foot 3 inches by 3 foot 5 inches. Lining has a rip that needs to be repaired. Also needs cleaning.
Potted artificial plants (2) available in La Grange. Desperately need dusting.
broken colorful ceramic h, can be glued What is an h?
broken princess mirror keychain, can be glued
1) boys winter jacket size 7. It has been worn, but still in good shape. Could use a good washing.2) boys snow pants size 7. 3) boys boots, size 4. The out side of the boots look more worn than what they are. The dog chewed them up a little, but they can still be used and have a lot of life left to them.
Oval larger newer Rival Crock Pot – lid & heat element outer part but missing inner crock
Offer: stool softener Still sealed bottle of Member’s Mark (Sam’s club brand) Stool Softener. 400 Capsules in sealed bottle. Calcium 600+D available (I guess that explains the stool softener): Almost full bottle of Member’s Mark (Sam’s club brand) Calcium 600+D. Only a few pills have been taken; easily over 550 left in the bottle.
I have a kit to make your own lip balm. It makes 5 little pots, but 2 are
already gone. There are 3 left.
Avent Isis Manual Breast Pump. I had 2. There is at least one complete set and
then pieces from another one. Not sure if all the pieces from the second one are
there. Ten 4oz. breastmilk storage containers. all have lids. 3 are new. I barely used the ones that aren’t new and never have had a disease or sickness while using them. We used this pump once in an ‘emergency’ and no longer need it. Also, most of a box of 60 individually wrapped Lansinoh brand nursing pads.
5 pair boxer briefs size M. All laundered today.
Like new. My son wore once or twice. He does not like them tho he wanted them.
you know how that goes.
As I wondered who in the world would want used underwear, this appeared:
to the person offering the briefs we were supposed to pick up, i got another
email virus and was unable to email you to say we had a car and work emergency
and needed to change my pick up day, i lost the message from you, am very sorry. I apologize, please email me if u get this, sorry again and God bless.
ODDS AND ENDS OFFERS
I have a large bag of hard candy. Someone may want it for their office if not
for the home.
wooden paint stir sticks from ace hardware
I’ve got two quart size ziploc bags of rubber bands, thick ones and thin ones.
2 WWE wrestling shirts one is john cena and the other is a championship belt picture on it.
Small Cat Pillow in La Grange. Reads: Never trust anyone who doesn’t like CATS. Brand new with tag.
Thomas Kinkade Tea Cup in La Grange. In a gift basket with English breakfast tea and a trivet. (there are also cookies but they appear to be out-of date so i’m not sure how they will taste.)
ANIMAL PARAPHERNALIA OFFERS
Petster Robot Cat by Axlon in La Grange. from the mid-1980s. runs on (6) D-size batteries. leash allows you to control where he goes and what he does.
Small Animal Transportation Cage in La Grange. Looks like it would be good for gerbils, parakeets, ferets, maybe a really small cat. Not for anything that chews alot or for long term.
Umbrella cockatoo came from broken home (I wonder why his parents split up). He’s about 20 years old. His cage is damaged a bit. He needs a new one eventually very soon.
and of course we have the inevitable scams.
Generic money scams
Hello Friend! id finally hit rock bottom this allows me to spend my
paycheck the way I want to now people turn to me for financial advice just
wanted to help out a friend. LINK talk to you later.
I’m writing this with tears in my eyes,my fam and I came down here to
MADRID,SPAIN for a short vacation unfortunately we were mugged at the park
of the hotel where we stayed,all cash,credit card and mobile phone were
stolen off us but luckily for us we still have our passports with us.
We’ve been to the embassy and the Police here but they’re not helping issues
at all and our flight leaves in less than 3hrs from now but the hotel
manager won’t let us leave until we settle the bills.
Am freaked out at the moment.
Im sorry that I didnt get back to you til now, I had already promised this to the first person who emailed me but she hasnt replied to my email. Are you still interested? Im going to this family event tomorrow but then I’ll be around for the next couple days. Just let me know when you’ll be around. Hello again, Just thought I’d tell you that my sister decided to try a different work from home program because she didnt want to pay the $100…. she just didnt have the money and would not even borrow it from me (she can be a little stubborn lol). But the program she’s in does seem pretty good because shes already made money. And its free to get in: LINKShe just started yesterday and already made $70 so it really works. Hope you dont mind that i emailed you, i just know many families are looking for more income nowadays and programs like this have helped me out.
Offer: African grey parrots
Someone named Jane responded that she would like the parrot. She was then sent this:
Ok get back to me with your full shipping info so that i can drop the parrots off to agency and they will contact you regarding delivery.
(1)————Your location state and city ? (2)————Your full house address (3)————Your phone numbers ?(4)————Your zip code ?(5)————Your full names ?(6)————Name of your airport ?
what agency, where r these coming from, thought u were local
Presently i am based in Glasgow and will be sending the birds from here. where is
your location so i can make inquiries on the cost of sending the birds
.The reason why i am getting rid of the parrot’s is due to my job and
my husband is ill for now. I am also pregnant now. I will not be able
to take good care of the parrot’s. we don’t need any re homing fee. as
you know birds are dedicated creatures that needs lots of love and care
and i do not think i can still provide that.they are well tamed,very
friendly and love to sing.These bird’s come with a health record,
shots, all papers, health guarantee and care directives.They has been
DNA tested.They has an 80 word vocabulary and loves to have a lot of
attention. They should live to be between 80-100 years old. They has
never been sick and never plucked their feathers. They has never been
ill. Would prefer someone who is going to give them the best home and
care. I want them to go to a loving home.They are healthy and very
smart.They comes with a huge cage and toys.They are 7 years old right
now.at least the bird’s will be coming with all legal central
authorization permit from the Ministry of wildlife and animal husbandry
here. so they will not be stopped anywhere.they will come with all
their papers. Promise me that you will take very good care of Tina and
Lucky. And note that you will be sending they monthly pictures to us so
that we can see how they are doing with you.
This details will help me to find out how much it will cost to send the
birds from here.
Really? She couldn’t find anyone in Scotland to take the bird? You’d think Jane would have learned her lesson, but she saw this next one and couldn’t resist (I have noticed that Jane also wants everything I have ever posted and was the one frantically trying to reclaim the used briefs).
OFFER: Free English bull dog puppy
WOW..12 WEEKS OLD Gorgeous English bull dog puppy with adorable
personalities, sweet, happy, loves people and kids and other pets even
cats !! We are private breeders, our puppy is raised in our home with
our kids and lots of love !! she is very healthy and come with a 1 year
health guarantee, vet checked, up to date with vaccines and registered
with papers and a health certificate !
Of course, she was bombarded with the same request for personal info.
Then there are the freecycle wants. You just never know, so I guess it doesn’t hurt to ask – someone might be considering parting with something you want or need. I love how they are always worded – “I will take them off your hands,” as if they are doing you the favor. Here are a few of my favorite wants:
YOU NEVER KNOW, SOMEONE MIGHT HAVE ONE WANTS
Hi I am looking for for purple shower curtains,rugs,towels light or dark
with or without designs,solid or stripe.This is for a bathroom. Really? You had to tell me this was for a bathroom?
Would love to have or borrow a shower curtain or similar to use as a backdrop for pictures so we can take our own. Would love something white with hearts or white with any kind of red or pink… or even lots of color. Thanks OK, I stand corrected
was wondering if any one had any nest (that they have found) or small type bird houses. Please let me know
hi everyone im looking for male and women costume that you have that are
not using i would gladly pic them up
Looking for cookoo clock Miss the clock my grandmother had..would like any cookoo clock would like a working one if possible.
If anyone has a ball pit i can take off their hands let me know.
I am looking for track starting blocks for my daughter to practice
Our new goldfish is living a glass vase. If anyone has a fish tank they are not using, we’d appreciate it to see if we can keep this new friend around for a while.
My son broke his i-pod if anyone would have one that they no longer use, we
would be very thankful.
I am currently looking for a PS2 Fat or Slim for my little cousin for Christmas.
Their system has been acting up and they do not have the money to fix it or
replace it. We are also looking for games as well for him. Thanks. I am also currently looking for an original xBox system for myself. I have never
owned one and would love to have one, but I do not have the money to purchase
one myself. As well I am also looking for games to go along with the system. If you have either of them and would like them to go to home that would take
care of them and play them please let me know. Thanks
I’m in need of an AT&T cell phone with a camera if at all possible.
wanted please: throw rugs, paint, frying pan or skillet, cookie sheets, silverware. Thanks and blessings
If you have The North Face Jacket in size Small Mens and can no longer fit it, I
would like to take it off your hands for my son.
We were just at chuck e cheese for my sons bday party and I lost my phone, if anyone has an extra phone that I can maybe just borrow for a few days til I have enough money to make the claim for a new one Id really appreciate it just need one that works to transfer my phone number too
I am looking for a PS2 Fat or Slim for my dad for Christmas. He is always home
due to being disabled. He usually plays on Pogo.com, but has recently told me
that he would love to be able to play PS2 again. He has some games, but would
love others as well. I am also looking for an original xBox system(not a 360) for myself. I have never owned one, but have played it with my best friend in grade school. There are games on there I would love to play. I am also looking for games to go along with the system. If you have either of them and would like them to go to home that would take care of them and play them please let me know. Thanks Wait – haven’t we heard from you and I thought the PS2 was for your cousin, not your disabled dad??
I know this is a very long shot, but I thought if you were upgrading or getting something new, I would like to get an i-Mac 21″ or 27″ i-Mac computer for my grandson. Perhaps some one is closing out an estate or just cleaning house.
I’m looking for an island for the kitchen that has space for pots and pans for four stools to fit around it.
HANDY CUSTOMER WANTS
We are moving to the country in a couple weeks and are heating our house with
wood. If anyone has a gas powered 18″ or larger bar chainsaw we would be forever grateful! My husband is a mechanic and can fix most things as long as it’s not major damage.
I am currently looking for a snow blower or snow thrower to use around the house
when the snow starts to fall. I am looking for one now just in case I have to
possibly fix it. Thanks
We need a small pair of stereo speakers than we can plug into our phone at
night. This will help us play rain music without wasting electricity keeping the
UNHANDY CUSTOMER WANTS
WANTED: IN NEED OF SOMEONE (FOR 15 MINUTES ONLY) WITH A TALL LADDER WILLING TO CLIMB UP TO SECOND FLOOR WINDOW. WILL PAY.
PICKY CUSTOMER WANTS
Looking for a mattress/box spring set that is in good condition and NO Bed
Bugs!! Full Size or Larger would be appreciated.
Looking for gently used furniture set for my living room. My mom is comming up
for Christmas and I would like to have a nice set of furniture for her to sit
on. If any one out there has a furniture sit you are geeting rid of please pass
it this way.
Throw pillows – Beiges, Cream, Brown, Gold, Reds…. would love for our bench in the family room to be more comfy for our holiday guests
Working Gas Stove – If anyone has one of these we could really use it. Not to be picky but it needs to be between 36 and 40 inches wide. Thanks
I CAN OFFER YOU A LITTLE SOMETHING IN RETURN WANTS
i have a bag with Women’s costume jewelry and some tumblers bought at Walmart
over the summer to offer and we have a few needs for our new loft apt.
We need a bed frame to fit a queen bed, ours broke recently
Need some throw rungs also
also we need bureaus or dressers as closet space in our new home is scare
Christmas lights, indoor, wreaths
AND MY ALL TIME FAVORITE FREECYCLE EXCHANGE
Offer: 2 months worth of birth control pills. Labeled as Necon 1/35.
Quick pick up preferred.
This was claimed in a matter of seconds. Then the freecyclers pounced on the poor woman, who was only trying to help prevent unplanned pregnancies among the impoverished (for 2 months at least).
I am sorry, but I believe offering medications is not allowed (and is dangerous)
I thought that was odd to be offering birth control on freecycle. That’s like
offering pain killers. Not good at all.
Some people came to her defense
While I know most people frown on this, there was a time when my dog was
dying, she needed antibiotics to stop an infection from her gums that was
causing her liver to fail faster than need be. I didn’t have the money for a vet
visit or medication. I was desperate. I thought of asking on Freecycle but knew
this would be frowned upon. I eventually found a few leftover pills of my own
and they worked. Not everyone has the money to afford to go through the proper
channels. There should be a place where people bring their unwanted meds that
can then be prescribed and passed on to people who need them, for free. You
know, in a perfect world.
My goodness. You can order medication over the net without seeing a doctor. She
was trying to offer something helpful to somebody who could not afford it who
might use the same medication. She was not trying to sell schedules narcotics.
I can understand if she is told to not do this on freecycle but don’t make her
feel bad for trying to pass something on if she didn’t understand if she
couldn’t do it here. I doubt there was any ill intent… If people don’t get
meds free handed down, they will probably just get it free from “the system” and
then the rest of us absorb that bill in another way. I agree…there should be
a better way…
My point was that informing her, and reminding others, in a nice way would have
been appropriate. I assume that the person posting the offer was probably
thinking she was just helping somebody??? This group is a positive one and I
would hate to see people not participate because they felt attacked. Possibly
saying: “Thank you for tyring to offer something but Freecycle can not be used
for passing on unused prescription medication. It could be unsafe and is
illegal and we don’t want anybody to get hurt or in trouble.” ——would have
been a kind way to take care of the situation? I understand keeping things
safe. Just thinking that keeping things positive can’t be a bad thing…
But overall the response was harsh
It doesnt matter either way its illegal! If u dont believe them look it up
urself or call the police and ask them …. That is y they have place u can
dispose meds u dont want or need! u should NEVER TAKE SOMEONE ELSE’S MEDS…….
its dangerous and illegal!!! Please educate urself!!!!
wow, it sure is dangerous and illegal also
not only illegal.but a felony.
It doesnt matter either way its illegal! If u dont believe them look it up
urself or call the police and ask them …. That is y they have place u can
dispose meds u dont want or need! u should NEVER TAKE SOMEONE ELSE’S
MEDS……. its dangerous and illegal!!! Please educate urself!!!!
Where is our moderator? Why didnt he/she stop that post?
As I sorted through my next pile of stuff to freecycle, Sally informed me that she wanted to have a garage sale this spring. After every garage sale I say, “never again!” However, as time passes it starts to sound kind of fun, and it will make Husband happy.