Freecycle is amazing

Miss Thrifty5 October 21, 2008


Yes, I know I’m really late to the party. I’d read all about Freecycle, which reduces waste by encouraging people to post their unwanted items online, and pass them on. But I hadn’t really paid much attention, because (a) Freecycle always popping up in those same rubbish “recessionista” features in the women’s pages. You know: those round-ups that tell us all to go out and stuff fallen fruit into our Lulu Guinness handbags, and take our clothes to “swap parties”. Also, (b) I’d presumed that Freecycle’s domains were eco-trendy places like Islington and Brighton, rather than my creaky Yorkshire backwater.

But lo! I looked Freecycle up, and it turns out that the little place in which I live (pop: 13,000) has its own, thriving Freecycle group. So does the town 10 miles away. So I signed up to both of them.

Since then, my inbox has been JAMMED. Dozens of e-mails a day, from people who want to give away all kinds of things. I thought it would be harcore rubble, and kids’ clothes, and so on. Oh, no no no! Seriously: the stuff that people put on there is really nice. Over the weekend my e-mail boasted, amongst other times, a beige leather armchair, boxed computer speakers, a lady’s bicycle, a tumble dryer and a floor space. All free and available to whoever wanted them. It’s wonderful.

Of course, the downside is that because I am off stuff at the moment, I don’t really want any of these great things that are going up on Freecycle. Or if I do want them (e.g. the tumble dryer) we can’t have them because we don’t have enough room.

However, today a man who lives nearby posted that he had lots of plants to give away. Irises, red hot pokers and more. I’m going to e-mail him now…

UPDATE: This post was selected for the 149th Festival of Frugality, hosted by Living Well on Less

Did you enjoy this post?

Free Daily Digest

5 Responses to “Freecycle is amazing

sharon rose says:

Hi there-I very nearly joined freecycle at the weekend, but I’m not sure if I really want stuff round me either. I think the philosophy of it is excellent though!

October 22, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Jane says:

Hi Sharon Rose,

I’d really encourage you to join because, good as it is for getting stuff, Freecycle is even better at getting rid of stuff. I didn’t ask for anything in my first 2 years, and it was brilliant for re-housing things I didn’t use any more but couldn’t really justify throwing away because they weren’t worn or old. Now if I identify that there is something I need (not just want) I always ask on Freecycle first. Its amazing – do join.


October 24, 2008 at 6:35 pm

Leave a reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *