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Mom2Ben02
04-11-2010, 08:37 PM
I am a freecycle addict! I love giving things to people instead of throwing them away, or even giving them to Goodwill. I love GETTING things I need for free, as well!!

My all-time favorite freebie is a double electric breast pump!! I just have to buy new tubing and I am all set for our new little one in June. Today, my 5 year old and I went to pick up some raspberry plants from someone looking to thin out her yard. I got 2 huge plants - way nicer than I could have bought in a store - and ended up leaving with strawberries and TONS of perennial flowers, too! Fantastic, as hubby is out of work and these kind of "extras" would NOT be happening this year!!

mrsklamc
04-11-2010, 08:42 PM
Our patio furniture!

sbpebbles
04-11-2010, 08:46 PM
i LOVE freecycle as well, I've gotten many great things over the years..I think my mom's fav would be the plants...the best thing i found was a convertible crib in EXCELLENT condition for my son and lots of clothes for my daughter..I can't stand giving to resale shops, especially after i seen a chair i donated being smashed to pieces--never again--only will use freecycle :goodvibes

extremesoccermom
04-11-2010, 08:51 PM
My computer desk and some waffle blocks (which are no longer available) to expand the one set I had for the kids. They all love these.

lovetoscrap
04-11-2010, 10:12 PM
3 flat panel Computer Monitors and even better several huge flat panel TV's!!! :woohoo:

DH is a fix it kind of guy and the newer huge TV's are so expensive to get fixed that many prefer to just go buy the latest and greatest. And what may cost $300 or more to have someone fix he can usually get the parts for less than $100 and fix it in his free time-- and have fun doing it. I have a wonderful one in my living room, he gave one to a co-worker who's wife had just cleaned him out in a divorce and last week we gave one to a friend that has done some huge favors for us and has really helped us in some emergencies.

Any time someone offers one of these I am usually the only one to request it. We will also sometimes get some other broken electronics for him to play with and fix if he can. Right now he has a Travel DVD Player that I am hoping he can fix so each of my girls can have one. Right now we only have one.

surfergirl602
04-11-2010, 10:14 PM
Our freecycle pretty much stinks. :( There are hardly any posts considering the size of our city, and I haven't had much luck with it at all.

Justsyd2
04-11-2010, 10:22 PM
A like new $200 hot and cold bottled water dispenser
A George Foreman Grill
A Bread Machine
A Toaster Oven
A Quesadilla Maker
A Crock Pot with a warming feature

momofboyz
04-11-2010, 10:25 PM
I have gotten alot of baby stuff, like exersaucer, walker, bumbo seat, and lots of clothes for my youngest, which I in return freecycled back when he outgrew all of it.

And I had posted about needing a trumpet case for a trumpet that I bought on ebay, and someone gave me a really nice trumpet for DS#1.

mrsklamc
04-12-2010, 02:30 AM
3 flat panel Computer Monitors and even better several huge flat panel TV's!!! :woohoo:

DH is a fix it kind of guy and the newer huge TV's are so expensive to get fixed that many prefer to just go buy the latest and greatest. And what may cost $300 or more to have someone fix he can usually get the parts for less than $100 and fix it in his free time-- and have fun doing it. I have a wonderful one in my living room, he gave one to a co-worker who's wife had just cleaned him out in a divorce and last week we gave one to a friend that has done some huge favors for us and has really helped us in some emergencies.

Any time someone offers one of these I am usually the only one to request it. We will also sometimes get some other broken electronics for him to play with and fix if he can. Right now he has a Travel DVD Player that I am hoping he can fix so each of my girls can have one. Right now we only have one.

Do you live around me? We have a nice plasma he could have if he can fix it!

Carl Fredricksen
04-12-2010, 02:34 AM
Our freecycle pretty much stinks. :( There are hardly any posts considering the size of our city, and I haven't had much luck with it at all.

2nd that here as well. Never much good, and I have responded to a few within 15 minutes and been told the item is already taken.

lovetoscrap
04-12-2010, 10:30 AM
Do you live around me? We have a nice plasma he could have if he can fix it!

Nope. I used to live near Hoosierland though. :)

2nd that here as well. Never much good, and I have responded to a few within 15 minutes and been told the item is already taken.

It is that way with ours too. Most of the stuff you have to respond as soon as it hits your email and even then someone else may have checked a minute sooner.

Ours here is pretty good-- lots of childrens clothes and toys We are in a military area so there is a lot of people leaving and downsizing if they are going overseas so we get a lot of beds offered and wanted, furniture and kitchen items. I don't know how many people belong to the group but I see the same names over an over. I have gotten things from them, they have gotten things from me.

I met a lady on there with a daughter a few years younger than mine and she took a bunch of clothes I cleaned out a few years ago. Now everytime I clean DD's wardrobe out of what she has outgrown I just email her and she comes and gets it.

meanser
04-12-2010, 12:27 PM
My favorite thing a gave away was a HUGE aloe plant. I hated it, it got way too big but I couldn't bear to just throw it away! My DH thought I was crazy, but I had 4 offers within 15 minutes!

LisaInNc
04-12-2010, 01:45 PM
Yesterday I got a wet suit.

It's the first thing I ever got...I am never quick enough.

It's awesome for getting rid of things. I post it and usually someone responds right away. I have given a range of things from a Vera Bradly bag to a bag of hangers.

We are movng soon and I am destashing and getting rid of a lot of stuff!

Lisa

andrews_dad
04-12-2010, 01:49 PM
How does this work? Never heard of it.

TinkLovinMomma
04-12-2010, 02:48 PM
5 perfect condition g-diapers with the liners! I told my DH that we would be able to cloth diaper our next baby for waaay less than we would pay for disposables and this totally helped my case! And she is going to email me when her baby grows out of the next size as well! :cool1:

amandaraye
04-12-2010, 03:08 PM
My favorites are:
a large Little Tykes playscape:thumbsup2
a laptop:surfweb:
a Ford Bronco:cool1:
a gossip bench :chat:
a captain's bed

katlas&kids
04-12-2010, 04:58 PM
How does this work? Never heard of it.

Got to www.freecyle.org. Find your State, City and then sign in. they are run through Yahoo groups so you have to have a login with Yahoo.

Have tons of fun with it!

Ephany
04-12-2010, 06:39 PM
Nothing, although I've given away tons of good stuff. We freecycled a sectional when we moved, there was nothing wrong with it, it was just waaay too big for our tiny new living room. The people who picked it up were so nice, overall it's been a really good experience. It's a great way to get stuff reused that can't be used in your home anymore.

When we moved here, I applied to join the local group and the moderator said I sounded greedy even though we'd never taken anything and my old moderator vouched for me. :confused3 Needless to say a ton of stuff has gone to Goodwill as we downsize and when I move home for summer break next month, I'm rejoining my old group. This one here is too :snooty:

kacaju
04-12-2010, 08:29 PM
3 flat panel Computer Monitors and even better several huge flat panel TV's!!! :woohoo:

DH is a fix it kind of guy and the newer huge TV's are so expensive to get fixed that many prefer to just go buy the latest and greatest. And what may cost $300 or more to have someone fix he can usually get the parts for less than $100 and fix it in his free time-- and have fun doing it.

I was just going to ask if you thought it was Ok to list a broken flat screen. My dh is the opposite of yours. Our 50 inch stopped working on Friday and Saturday evening we bought a new one.
We are in NJ, where are you??

vicki_c
04-12-2010, 08:35 PM
When we moved here, I applied to join the local group and the moderator said I sounded greedy even though we'd never taken anything and my old moderator vouched for me. :confused3 Needless to say a ton of stuff has gone to Goodwill as we downsize and when I move home for summer break next month, I'm rejoining my old group. This one here is too :snooty:

That is the craziest and one of the rudest things I ever heard!

I've never used Freecycle but might check it out -- but jeez, they make it sound like a sorority or the Junior League - didn't know you had to be "approved"! That's pretty ridiculous, isn't it?

Mom2Ben02
04-12-2010, 08:38 PM
Wow - some great stuff!

Our moderator is kind of power hungry. She heads up two of the local freecycles. I was not aware that I could not ask for the same item on both - I was collecting prom dresses for the Cinderella Project last year, and I got an email lashing like you would not believe! :eek:

wshupnastar
04-12-2010, 08:39 PM
Nothing, although I've given away tons of good stuff. We freecycled a sectional when we moved, there was nothing wrong with it, it was just waaay too big for our tiny new living room. The people who picked it up were so nice, overall it's been a really good experience. It's a great way to get stuff reused that can't be used in your home anymore.

When we moved here, I applied to join the local group and the moderator said I sounded greedy even though we'd never taken anything and my old moderator vouched for me. :confused3 Needless to say a ton of stuff has gone to Goodwill as we downsize and when I move home for summer break next month, I'm rejoining my old group. This one here is too :snooty:

What the heck? How can someone tell you "sound greedy" in a Yahoo message? People sometimes baffle me. Sorry you had a bad experience with that one!

I joined our local group, but it seems to be mostly dogs and non-working appliances. We already have 2 dogs and DH isn't exactly "Mr. Fix It", so, for us...nothing we need.

Ephany
04-12-2010, 08:48 PM
That is the craziest and one of the rudest things I ever heard!

I've never used Freecycle but might check it out -- but jeez, they make it sound like a sorority or the Junior League - didn't know you had to be "approved"! That's pretty ridiculous, isn't it?

My first group is/was great, so I think it completely depends on the moderators. It soured me on freecyle here, but definitely not freecycle everywhere. And yes, it annoyed me enough I still tell the story 8 months later. :rotfl:

What the heck? How can someone tell you "sound greedy" in a Yahoo message? People sometimes baffle me. Sorry you had a bad experience with that one!

I joined our local group, but it seems to be mostly dogs and non-working appliances. We already have 2 dogs and DH isn't exactly "Mr. Fix It", so, for us...nothing we need.

The whole application email was weird although I understand the not wanting people to join multiple groups at the same time. Somehow I think I'm better off, don't need that drama. :thumbsup2

My old group had a strict no animal rule, I liked that. You also could report no-shows and if someone had repeated no-shows for picking up items, they were suspended for a bit. It's a well run group, I'm looking forward to rejoining next month when I get home.

princessgirls
04-12-2010, 09:19 PM
a britax convertible cowprint covered carseat (less than a year old, mint condition...originally over $250) it was great since I was getting ready to start watching my nephew in a week (my sister didnt have to run out and spend that crazy money)

I have given away many things. Kids play sets, step 2 houses, wooden swing set, cameras, printers (all inworking order)

I love it...even picked up a dresser for my dd7's room (and it matched her furniture perfectly)....

Jennifer in MI
04-12-2010, 09:24 PM
Couches for our family room.

Bike and scooter for dd (Disney Princess!)

We've given away a LOT more! Countertops, sink, faucets, cabinets, beds, etc. Can you tell we remodeled lately???

lovetoscrap
04-12-2010, 09:31 PM
I was just going to ask if you thought it was Ok to list a broken flat screen. My dh is the opposite of yours. Our 50 inch stopped working on Friday and Saturday evening we bought a new one.
We are in NJ, where are you??

No where near NJ (well not without a VERY long drive!). List it and see. Worst case you get no takers, but at least you tried. Someone listed a Carpet Cleaner today that needed fixing and I know that DH could fix it no problems but we have a new one so I don't need it, and I don't know anyone that needs one. We don't like to sell stuff so no point in asking for it.

Wow - some great stuff!

Our moderator is kind of power hungry. She heads up two of the local freecycles. I was not aware that I could not ask for the same item on both - I was collecting prom dresses for the Cinderella Project last year, and I got an email lashing like you would not believe! :eek:

That stinks. We have several groups for the different city/county areas here, and we can post to others but we have to put "Cross Posted on XYZ" and if you are out of that area you have to be willing to meet the person in their area.

Our Moderators don't seem to do much. They have told us to report No Shows but I don't think they do anything about it. The worst was that I started getting email newsletters from some local charity I knew nothing about. And no option/address to unsubscribe. After a few weeks I finally contacted them and asked where they got my contact information. He told me he got it from the Freecycle list and assumed that everyone on there would want their newsletter. I WAS TICKED! I told him to get my name of off his list and to never contact me again. Even if it was a charity I might have supported that was just WRONG so they lost my support. I also reported it to the moderator but again, never heard anything from her and the Read Receipt was never acknowledged. And that guy is still on the Freecycle list.

NYCDiane
04-12-2010, 09:37 PM
I've gotten some very nice designer clothing for my daughter.

A full set of text books.

Tickets to Mary Poppins on Broadway (on my b'day weekend no less!)


I've also given away a lot of great stuff on Freecycle and always love being able to help someone.

I've only had 1 bad experience on Freecycle: I found a the person who posted a "want" for baby items and said these baby items were going to an unwed mothers home/church, was actually SELLING them at her own yard sales and pocketing the money!! I had given her well over $1000 worth of perfect condition baby items with the good feeling that I was helping young women in need. I was very disappointed when I found out, but it never stopped me from still offering items on Freecycle and responding to 'wants' when I had an item I hoped someone could use.