I Love Freecycle!

Singapore
December 23, 2008 12:59am CST
Hi there! Do you like to recycle? I love to do it and thus far, I have been using Freecycle to get rid of things I don't need anymore and also get things I need, on a second-hand basis. I don't really mind getting second-hand stuff if they are still in good condition. I have given away stuff like high chair, craft things, coupons, milk samples and baby gift packs. And I have gotten free jewel CD cases, chairs for my daughter and some other stuff. I think this is really cool. Are you a freecycler? What have you given away? What have you received? Thank you for your responses.
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@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
26 Dec 08
I never really gotten around to actually doing free cycling. In fact, this is the first time I heard of that term. Hmm... how do you go about doing free cycling? Where do you go to deposit your items you want to recycle? Where do you go to get the free stuff you mentioned?
• Singapore
26 Dec 08
Hi Ah Gong, First you need to sign up at freecycle.org. Search for Singapore and sign up. It works like Yahoo Groups. They will tell you what people want to give away in your email via freecycle digest. Then you will reply to the member. There will probably be a lot of people wanting the stuff, but if you are lucky, the owner will pick you. You pick the item at an agreed place between you and the owner, usually near the owner's place or their void deck. I often give away things that has been lying around the house and no one's using them anymore. These people are willing to pick up from my void deck. I just picked up toddler chairs for my daughter. They are second hand and it's a little rusty at the legs, but my hubby has taped them up. My daughter loved it. These things save me some money here and there. But must remember the cost of picking them up. If you drive, it's even easier and more convenient. If there are things that you are looking for, you can also post the item up and see if there are any members who has them. They may contact you about it. See you at Freecycle, Ah Gong!
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@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
26 Dec 08
Oh? It is that easy to do? Okay, I will definitely check it out. IT would be a good way to get stuff and also remove stuff from home. Sort of like a barter for things we already have. Good idea to join freecycle. Thanks for the recommend my friend.
• Singapore
26 Dec 08
It's sort of barter. But one of the rules is that you must not ask for a swop. It is not a swop site. Anyway, all the best! Hey! We might actually meet each other, face to face, that is, if we happen to freecycle to one another. LOL! Just a thought that crossed my mind.
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@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
23 Dec 08
I love freecycle. I also use cheapcycle, craigslist and other sites where you can give/get free or really cheap stuff. This past month I got a free rocking chair for my granddaughter and a time out chair. I gave away a broken TV and a bunch of really good clothes, too.
• Singapore
24 Dec 08
I have never heard of cheapcycle before. Is it like Freecycle which is available in many countries? I will check that one out. Time out chair, I think my daughter will need that one pretty soon.
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@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
24 Dec 08
We have a local cheapcycle started on yahoo groups started by someone. You can start one in your own area. That is how freecycle started. Just start your own. Mine is the http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PottstownCheapCycle. Take a look at it and see how they run it. If I did not have one in my area I would start a new one.
• Singapore
26 Dec 08
Thanks Janet! Will take a look around to see if there is one in the area. Don't know if I have the time to administer it myself.
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@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
23 Dec 08
We've given away ramen, containers, plastic bags, clothing...among other things. We've gotten stuff like baskets, pots, books, toys, clothes, pears...it's been pretty awesome. Freecycle definitely helps the frugal minded alot!
• Singapore
23 Dec 08
I'm hoping to get some toys and books for my daughter. Yummy pears! Would love to get those too... Was it from someone's orchard? Actually, there are probably a lot more things around the house I could let go, but some people here are so sentimental about their stuff.
• United States
23 Dec 08
Well, not orchard per se, they just had a couple of pear trees and they'd had way too many pears for them to eat this year so they put 'em on =) And oh, I know. But if one can manage it, it can certainly cut down on the clutter 'round the house!
• Singapore
26 Dec 08
Talk about clutter, how I wish my hubby would embark on this together with me. I'm the one clearing the clutter and him creating them. Sigh!
@doulaworks (1079)
• United States
31 Dec 08
I lvoe freesycle too, I have been telling folks about it for a few years now. I have gotten some beautiful furnitre, house wares and clothes for a freinds baby. I have given away a sewing machine, clothes, bicycles, pot and pans, other household items. I love the idea of keeping things out of the landfill and giving it to some one who could use it. I know someone who had a house fire last year and lost everything, she got tons of stuff on free cycle, beds, couches, tables, linens, hosuewares, lawn mower. you name it she got it! It was a blessing for sure! Happy New year!
• Singapore
31 Dec 08
That sounds fantastic! Over here there are some employees from other countries. They come here to work and they need things like bedsheets and clothes. I have given these away to them so that they could use it. They are old and a little worn out, but the people are appreciative. Sometimes I feel that the item is wasted if thrown away. The other day I saw some people dumped a bunch of soft toys at the bin. It would have been great to freecycle them to others. But I did not collect them since they were soaked in some sauce already in the bin. What a waste! I think it is a great idea to help those in need. In your case, the person who lost many things in the fire was very lucky to have freecyclers like you to help rebuild their home. I'm sure he gained a lot of friends too.
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• United States
31 Dec 08
I think that those of us who know about frrecycle should really spread the word to others, maybe in a sig line in emails and one our web sites etc. as well as talking to co workers, I feel many mroe people would do it, if they knew about it. Of coursethere will aways be those who wont, but thats how it goes. Thanks for the follow up!
@peavey (15874)
• United States
26 Dec 08
I like freecycle. I've given away a lot of odd balls of yarn, a printer, a watch and I can't remember what else. I haven't received anything yet because there always seems to be someone before me, but I keep trying.
• Singapore
26 Dec 08
hi Peavey, Keep trying! I believe there are always some people before me. But sometimes when I write to them, I always tell them why I need them. If they like the reason, they may choose me afterall. I just picked up the chairs for my daughter. She sat down in it even before I brought it into the house! My hubby cleaned it up and taped the rusty legs, but all in all, she is now sitting in her little chair. I have been having so much trouble getting her to sit down when she eats or reads a book. Not anymore I hope! For this one, I told them how my daughter has a table but no chairs yet. And she gave it to me, a very nice lady!
@peavey (15874)
• United States
27 Dec 08
Oh, I'll keep trying, thanks for the encouragement. I'm glad your daughter got a chair!
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
24 Dec 08
I love to recycle. Is freecycle a website? I've never heard of it.
• Singapore
24 Dec 08
H Nixxi, Freecycle is available in many countries. I'm sure there is one in Canada. Just go to freecycle.org and select your country. It may be further broken down to your state if your country is big. Once you have signed up, you will be notified by email notifications if people offer to give away stuff. If you want the item, just email to them to request for it. There may be many people requesting at the same time, so if you're lucky the owner will choose you. Then you arrange for the pick up. It's pretty simple. You can also put up an offer for items you want to give away. I always arrange for them to pick up at my doorstep. I'm not sure how it works in other countries though. If you need more help, just ask.
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
24 Dec 08
Hi there, Thanks so much for the information and i"m going to try out this website. I do have somethings I"m trying to get rid of so maybe someone will want it! Merry Christmas
@jennifer611 (2502)
• United States
3 Jan 09
I also love freecycle. I actually just went and picked up a tv today from someone off of my local freecycle group. its a really nice 27". our tv broke so being able to get one free to replace it is great especially when you have 4 kids and not a lot of money. I've given away diapers, clothing, shoes, bread maker, food processor....lots of stuff.
• Singapore
4 Jan 09
That's wonderful, Jennifer! A TV can be expensive and people are giving away for free nowadays. Glad you got yours. I'm going to pick a set of toys for my daughter tomorrow. The person giving them away is staying in the neighbourhood. Quite lucky! Most of the time, I have to travel to get the item and we don't have any private transport.
@chulce (1540)
• United States
2 Jan 09
Yes, I am a freecycler too. Have been for years. The best would have to be clothing. I have received lots of great clothes over the years and have given away a lot of great clothes. I have also given away tons of things that were given to me, you name it, I have probably had it come and go. Cribs, highchairs, baby swing and tons of other things I needed for my boys when they were little. Today, it is mostly clothing. I wish I had better luck with coupons, that would be helpful with my grocery bill.
• Singapore
2 Jan 09
That's wonderful that you have greatly benefited from Freecycle. I'm trying to get an easel for my daughter and looking out for it.So far no luck. Hope you have better luck with coupons. Not much here in our country.
@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
30 Dec 08
Hey, Are you talking about freecycle.org? Is it there in Singapore? It is a concept I liked and I am hearing about it for the first time. I have few things that I would like to replace and buy new things. It is most useful with kids and a great idea of get some good quality things for home. I will be trying it out.
• Singapore
30 Dec 08
Yup! There is one in Singapore. Go and sign up. Read the instructions on this discussion above. Go check it out Nishdan, you might save some money with your new baby coming in.
@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
23 Dec 08
Yes, I love freecycle too! I have given away tons of kids clothes, misc house stuff. Last year around Christmas I got a ping pong table. I cleaned it up and gave it to my kids for Christmas. We even had a craft class given by one of the ladys on our freecycle site. It is fun to see what people are trying to get rid of. It is so true...one mans junk is another mans treasure.
• Singapore
24 Dec 08
Sometimes I gave away things that were not junk at all. They were still in good condition and very useful to others, just a matter of whether there are people who would like to have second hand stuff. Some people mind getting 2nd hand stuff. So interesting about the craft class. I was supposed to pick up some chairs for my daughter today, but it rained cats and dogs. I could not go. Will arrange another day!
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
23 Dec 08
In my country there are separate bins for metals, paper, plastic and glass. Recycling has become a standard practice among many Maltese. However, buying products that are recyclable and separating waste at the Bring-In Sites are only part of the recycling process. We do not receive anything in return.
• Singapore
24 Dec 08
Is there are Freecycle in Malta? There is a Freecycle group in many countries. I know that besides putting our trash into the recycling bins, Freecycle is a great way to reduce clutter in the house that cannot be categorised in the recycling bins. I use them to give away stuff I don't need and get stuff I do need.
@Jenaisle (3803)
• Philippines
23 Dec 08
Yes, I do that too, even Christmas wrappers and some Christmas cards. There are those however that I cannot recycle because they have sentimental value and I just want to keep to them. I have given away bags and shoes, but have not received anything in return...lol..I gave them as gifts...perhaps I'll receive something too, but I think they would be giving a gift too as is customary here. Enjoy your holidays and happy mylotting.
• Singapore
23 Dec 08
I don't expect anything in return. But there was one lady who gave me a gift when I gave away some craft materials for her mother. I do enjoy receiving from time to time though. Tomorrow, I'm going to pick up toddler chairs for my daughter. She has a table but no chairs, only a stool. But tomorrow, she will get two chairs. They probably need a fresh coat of paint or something, but it's alright. Best thing is it's not too far away from my place.
• Canada
27 Feb 09
freecycle is absolutely awesome i get so much stuff and also give away lots of stuff.i look forward to looking everyday.