Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Freecycle - My new obession!

A friend of mine recently introduced my to the Freecycle Network, have any of you ever used this? It's great!
But anyway, she was telling me about Freecycle and I was like, 'well, I use craigslist to get cheap stuff' and she was like, 'no no, you get free stuff from people'. FREE?! Intrigued, I went to the site to track down my local group and immediately signed up. Mine happened to be in a yahoo group (not sure if they all are) so to make it easier on myself, I created a new yahoo group and new email address for strictly freecycle stuff, and then I set up that account on my phone and I got ready to start getting free stuff!
It's not as easy as all that I found out. Well, ok it's easy, but you don't just get whatever free stuff you want. Someone will send out an (approved) email and say "OFFER: george forman grill" or something along those lines. If I decide that I want that item I can reply and say "Hi, I would love the George forman, I can come pick it up tomorrow afternoon". So I replied and then I waited and waited and waited to hear back from this person. A half a day later I see an email from the group go out that says "TAKEN: george forman grill". And I'm all annoyed that I didn't get it (ha). So then I see another item that I want and I jump on the email as quick as possible and say I'd like it. Again.... I waited and waited, and then I saw a "Taken" email go out. BAH!
I thought I was doing something wrong, but then when I offered something free, I figured out REALLY how it works. When you are "offering" something, you may get tons of responses and then you get to choose one. Apparently, you don't reply to the others and say "sorry, I've chosen someone else".

I guess it's kind of like a lottery, but hey.. you can win big.

The other day I received a large garbage bag FULL of 2T/3T girl clothes. I scored the mother load. I got like 15 pairs of pants (only 2 of which were really "used"), 6 dresses including a fancy Christmas one, about 8 "play" t-shirts, a sweat and 2 sweatshirts, 3 skirts, a dozen used pajama tops, AND red sparkly shoes. For free. I mean, really... you can't beat that! They even left it on the porch for me to pick up at my leisure.

I must say, I'm hooked! I highly recommend the Freecycle network.
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7 comments:

  1. FREE?!?! Wow! Thank you for sharing this site. I'm going to check it out right now!

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  2. hiya yeah free cycle is here in ireland too and i agree about the waiting for the reply is a pain but when you score you really score , what a great way to stop landfill x
    happy freecycling
    xmaggiex

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  5. Wow...SCORE!! I need to check out that site for sure! Newest follower from "Who in the World" Blog Hop. Couldn't help but read your About Me section. My husband used to be in the Army National Guard and I've been through a year long deployment also. Tough times! You are amazing!

    Hope you'll stop by my blog to say hello and follow back. :)

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  6. Hello! I am a new follower to your blog from the Who in the World? Wednesday!

    I must say that I have been a fan of Freecycle for years now. I have gotten a lot of goodies from this site!

    Please follow me back @ www.jennifersdeals.blogspot.com

    Thanks!

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  7. I was looking @ your recipe you posted on a linky party, & this post caught my eye! I have so much stuff in my house, but I am sick of taking it to Goodwill {is that bad?!} I am so excited I found you, & this organization! I will be using it to get rid of my clothes ASAP!
    This makes me especially happy bc someone will ge them for free & not have to pay money to go through piles upon piles of old smelly clothes!

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