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Subject: Freecycle.org
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 6:52 PM ET
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This is a great site. Freecycle.org

You join a freecycle yahoo group that is in your area. You can post items that  you would like to get rid of or put in a "wanted" request.

It is amazing to see what is offered and wanted.

I got rid of a bunch of old yarn - 80's colors. I hated to throw it away. The person was thrill because she made lap blankets for the local senior home.

Sheryl

Subject: Freecycle
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 7:57 PM ET
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I've been on freecycle in my area for about 6 months. It's awesome. I give away things

so they won't go inthe landfill, and I get some good stuff.  We gave away wood trim - the lady

who took it makes small items from it. I gave away 2 chairs, magazines, etc. Beats putting it

in the landfill. Go sign up, its free.

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 9:23 PM ET
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I've gotten a lot of stuff out of my house.

Please note, the Wanted posts are NOT for big-ticket items.  Asking for yarn--s'fine. Asking for a washing machine--not so much! 

If you happen to be near a city craigslist.org has a site for that is another good site--and that one lets you sell items as well as give them away.

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 10:15 PM ET
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I've thought about doing freecycle but I"m afraid to give out my address.

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 10:57 PM ET
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I have most stuff picked up at my work, where we have a security guard.  I've also met people at public locations, such as the local library. This wouldn't work if you wanted to get rid of a broken refrigerator, but could work for a bag of clothes.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 12:18 AM ET
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that's a good idea..I guess when I was on mine I kept reading about stuff being reposted because someone didn't s how up to pick up the stuff...

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 12:27 AM ET
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I've been using Freecycle for about a year or so and I think it's great. We've given a ton of stuff away and I've received a few things too. Great idea!

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 10:14 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/7/2009 12:19 PM ET
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I also take stuff to a local thrift shop. I like the local ones better--Goodwill & Salvation Army were rather rude to me and I can see good stuff they are just pitching in the dumpsters behind the shops.  It bugs me!

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 12:26 PM ET
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I love Freecycle!  I was hesitant at first too but I have found everyone to be very nice.  I have a few no-shows but then I go down the list of people who wanted the item and there is usually another person who WILL come pick it up.  And, as someone suggested use a central location if you can to meet them so you do not give away your address.

I have freecycled things like my son's blackboard, books, a new bag of cement left over from a home project, a crib mattress and a few more.  I have received clothing for my boys, LEGOS, books, and a few decorative things. 

I like it because otherwise this stuff would end up in the dumpster.  Oh, and I have actually met someone on it and we have become friends since.  We share a common friend and didn't realize it. 

Date Posted: 1/10/2009 3:37 PM ET
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Yes. Freecycle is really wonderful. I'ave used it for years.

Subject: Freecycle
Date Posted: 1/12/2009 11:04 AM ET
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I have to disagree with an earlier post about asking for big items.  I see refrigerators and dryers being given away all the time.  Sometimes someone upgrades and doesnt want the hassle of finding a place for their old one, and sometimes 2 households merge and now you have 2 fridges, 2 washers, 2 dryers, etc and if you are willing to come pick them up, it just makes their life easier, and you now have a working appliance.  Ive even seen people ask for cars and motorcycles.  I dont think you will actually get one for free, but you may get a lot of good recommendations on where to get one for a good price.

Subject: Big ticket items
Date Posted: 1/13/2009 11:10 AM ET
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Our local group has had plenty of big ticket items be offered and requested. Our family  alone has given away 2 vechicles both working! BUT the best part of freecycle is when you have clothes, linens etc that someone else needs. It really is the little stuff that makes it work. We recently needed dog crates for our move, and within 2 days we had 2 sitting here ready to crate up the pets. Now they are on freecycle waiting for someone else. And we always have BOOKS :)

Subject: re:Freecycle.org
Date Posted: 1/14/2009 9:22 PM ET
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I LOVE my local Freecycle group! There are lots of items that Goodwill and Salvation Army either won't take or will accept at first,but then they get thrown away when you're not looking!If I had thought the items were dumpster material I would have tossed them myself!

With the new child safety act going into effect there will be more of a need for groups like Freecycle as untested children's items cannot be sold(even at a yard sale).

I have also met some truly wonderful people through Freecycle.I love knowing who is getting my items and what good they are going to do with them!

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 11:06 PM ET
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I have been a freecycle buff for years now and sure do love it!  I gave away alot more than I got only because we sold our big home and moved to a little place.  We are using our second free printer now.

Date Posted: 1/16/2009 10:27 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/27/2009 3:41 PM ET
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I found Freecycle to have too many emails.  If I opted for the daily emails to be consolidated, anything I might have wanted was already claimed.  I like to visit the local Goodwill and thrift stores.  It's better to see things in person.