No Longer a recycling Virgin

@p1kef1sh (45640)
March 15, 2009 5:46am CST
The other day I saw that someone in my town was looking for a school desk. I had an old one that was given to P1kelet when she was about 11 and was then kept in a shed doing nothing. I offered it to the man for free who came and took it away today. I feel very virtuous now. I have recycled in a slightly larger fashion than normal. Have you ever recycled with strangers?
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
15 Mar 09
One man's "trash" is another man's treasure, yes? Good for you! I don't recall doing this before, but I have been the one that ended up receiving something like this. I had a neighbour that was looking to get rid of a cabinet and I offered to recycle it. It took pride of place in my garage for years and I used it to amass impressive amounts of crap I didn't need! It was a win/win, no question.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
15 Mar 09
That was partly my theory in getting rid of the desk. I used it to gather other rubbish. Gather it did too. Now I have recycled the desk and got rid of the stuff on and in it too.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
15 Mar 09
And now you've got the space free to accumulate even MORE new crap! Talk about living the dream!
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
15 Mar 09
I have been on a site for over a year that I learned about here on MyLot called Freecycle, and I have gotten rid of many cat litter buckets, and gotten lots of cool stuff, and recently also got rid of an old window AC unit, that wasn't worth the cost to try and sell, and helped someone besides.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
15 Mar 09
Impressive. I am on Freecycle too, which is how I fond the guy that took the desk.
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@mummymo (23707)
15 Mar 09
I have to admit I have NEVER lost my virginity to a stranger! We do try to recycle things with people we know or friends of friends - it is great you managed it with a stranger! xxxx
@mummymo (23707)
15 Mar 09
That is so true sweetheart! David says no one is a stranger to me! lol xxxx
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
18 Mar 09
WoooooHooooo Mo!! You rock, Sis! (((((MO))))) I'm so proud of you!!
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@mummymo (23707)
18 Mar 09
Thanks pots - that means a lot coming from you! Can I tell you a secret sis? I am really proud of me too! lol The test is going to be Friday - going out for dinner with friends and the kids and one of my friends smokes - that will be a big test! xxx
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
16 Mar 09
My recycling virginity was lost years ago. Belonging to a church makes it pretty easy to find strangers in need of items worth recycling. I have done it for years. I believe that all recyled items I have taken in have all been from friends or family.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
16 Mar 09
That's very enterprising Pots. Our local church has a few people that need to be recycled too! LOL.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
16 Mar 09
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
16 Mar 09
• United States
15 Mar 09
I havent given anything like that to a stranger, but i did get my love seat from a stranger. I mentioned to my boss that i need a couch for my apartment and someone else in the company and told him about wanting to get rid of a couch and love seat they had. I never actually meet the person i got the love seat from...but information was exchanged..and my dad went and got the couch and love seat..my dad kept the couch, and i got the love seat because my apartment was to small for anything else. The original owner didnt want money for them or anything, he just wanted to get ride of the stuff...and its in really good condition. I think its funny how most of the stuff in my apartment was given to me. All of my dishes, but like one pan was given to me. My bed was given to me in payment for helping someone else move. Even my computer was given to me by a friend who had just got a new one and didnt need the old one anymore even though when she gave it to me it was only a few years old.
• United States
15 Mar 09
I have to add this so i dont look selfish...i do do stuff for others. I donated my hair to locks of love and at the moment i am crocheting hats, gowns, and booties for preemies that are going to a charity.
• United States
15 Mar 09
Not that kind of stuff. I used the word stuff to be interchangeable with the word things....i do stuff for others...i do things for others.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
16 Mar 09
You did well there. So many things have the capacity for a second life, but we just throw them away. Are you crocheting your hair?
16 Mar 09
Yeah all the time. I'm a moderator on my local freecycle. It really is good for both the finances and the environment
@p1kef1sh (45640)
16 Mar 09
I used Freecycle for this exchange. I shall use it more often I think.
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16 Mar 09
I have been moderating for almost two years now and it still amazes me what people throw out!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Mar 09
The nice lady across the street who gave us a high chair when the twins were little ended up with our stroller. Other than that, we yard sale things and donate the leftovers. I used to give the kids' outgrown clothing to my cousins who have younger children but we moved too far away from them.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
16 Mar 09
Yard/Garage sales aren't as big here as in the US. I think that it is British reserve. We love to snoop, but hate to be seen snooping! LOL.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Mar 09
Reminds me of a certain Mrs. Bucket (pronounced Bouquet)...
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Made you feel great didn't it? It is always a great feeling to be able to help others when you can. We have something called Freecycle that I am a member of and people put things on there alot or ask for things they need on there and it is great to be able to help out when someone can. And just think you freed up some space in the shed for a new gadget to go..
@p1kef1sh (45640)
15 Mar 09
I used Freecycle Becky. I am trying to lose stuff not gain it! But there is a tempting hole now. LOL.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
15 Mar 09
I know how that is..But then I am a pack rat it seems. it just keeps piling up and I seriously have to get rid of a bunch which will be going to either goodwill and a few things will be sold on eBay.
• Regina, Saskatchewan
15 Mar 09
Yes. And now they are no longer recycling virgins either. They've moved on to more 'experienced' women! ROFL
@p1kef1sh (45640)
15 Mar 09
I sought a Virgin and got Richard Branson Sparky!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
15 Mar 09
Hope he gave you a good 'ride' with clear communication! ROFL
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Wow, I wonder if the desk was worth anything. Well, besides that, I think the largest item I ever recycled was a computer. It was a perfectly good computer, except everything was wiped out and it was missing a cd rom. It feels good to help people out when you have something you don't want and someone needs it. I love the website freecylcle, I have recycled a bike, old xbox, christmas tree, games, etc. I wish I can get someone to take my old 27 inch tv off my hands. It only needs a small repair job and it's a good tv again. Hope P1kelet was ok with recycling of the desk, my husband isn't always happy when I recycle things that belong to him. Funny thing is he calls me the pack rat, .
@p1kef1sh (45640)
15 Mar 09
If it was properly restored it probably is worth something. It was a job that I never got round to, so letting it go seems OK to me. P1kelet will be fine. She's not even seen the thing for over two years.
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
17 Mar 09
Your lucky, as soon as I get rid of something that belonged to my husband. He would all the sudden be asking for it. So, I don't touch anything of his unless he directs me to get rid of it. I don't have anything to restore myself, except for a coffee table. Honestly though, I like to get rid of it and get a smaller one. I don't like that it's so huge and bulky. It makes my living room look even smaller and that's bad since my living room is tiny.
• Canada
15 Mar 09
Here, we are recyling pros. We recycle everything possible all the time. Whenever I need another freezer, I just ask around and plenty of people have one for free. Stuff like that. We Canadians are big on sharing, helping the environment and being good to our neighbours, for the most part, I beleive. We took our lead from you Brits.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
15 Mar 09
I think that we must have given you all our goodwill too Annie. We're an increasingly miserable bunch! LOL.
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@borgborg (821)
• Philippines
16 Mar 09
That is so nice of you to do that! I wish I could do the same thing and help out a stranger. I have always wanted to help others. What you did is really encouraging. You helped him by giving what he need and he helped you to de-clutter your house! (Is there such word?)
@p1kef1sh (45640)
16 Mar 09
I think that there is such a word as de-clutter, and if not, there ought to be! I was pleased to be rid of the desk and he was pleased to receive it; so we are both satisfied.
• China
16 Mar 09
When i am a child, I often recycle newspapers to make money,then I can buy ice cream with my earning.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
16 Mar 09
We used to do that with drink bottles. Thank you.
• India
16 Mar 09
I sold an old computer once. I did not give it away and feel virtuous. I sold it and realized with a sigh of relief that I had managed to get at least 2K from it. ;) I hardly feel virtuous these days. I used to a lot back in those church-going days. LOL!! Cheers and happy Mylotting
@p1kef1sh (45640)
16 Mar 09
I think that of you sell something that's a pretty good feeling too. My desk didn't fall into that category - although to be honest I never considered if it would.
@tjades (3592)
• Jamaica
15 Mar 09
As a matter of fact I have. One time we had this old bed spring for oh so long when a man came and asked if he could get it so we gave it to him. I dont know what he did with it but we had not thrown it out when we changed to divans because it was still in such good shape.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
16 Mar 09
That's great. I wonder what he did with it.
• United States
15 Mar 09
I don't recycle things, I put them on ebay for profit. lol But that was mighty nice of you. I have a dining room table that seats 12 I'm trying to get rid of for $150. Then I'm turning my "dining room" into a game room. If I can ever get rid of that table.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
15 Mar 09
Typical. I need a new dining table, you've got one, just 1,500 miles of water between us. Do you have paddles so that I might float it across? LOL.
@nannacroc (4049)
15 Mar 09
Yes, we had an old cooker on the porch and were just about to phone the council and pay them to collect it when a man came and asked if it worked and if he could have it, we said he was welcome and it saved both parties money.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
15 Mar 09
That was handy Nanna. Did you take the Chookie out first?
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
15 Mar 09
You did a good job.The man will use it properly.Sometimes I give my used shirts to some poor men for free.I'm not a philanthropist.I do it to clear my chest.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
15 Mar 09
That's very worthwhile Bhansub. Those men will be grateful for your generosity.
• United States
15 Mar 09
I have never used freecycle but I do give most everything away to be reused. Stuff either goes to a family member, a friend, a friend of a friend, etc. I have put stuff out on the curb with a free sign on it, I have given stuff away to be used in another country and I give to good will. I even have lots of furniture in my house that has been passed around. I love it, when I get tired of something I just pass it along.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
15 Mar 09
Sounds like you are a very active recycler. Well done. I wonder what else I can get rid of. I mean, recycle. LOL.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Yes, and it does lead to very good feelings on both sides, doesn't it? I guess the older I get the less I want all the clutter I've accumulated anyway. Here is the U.S., there is a organization that hosts a website called freecycle.org. It a site for matching up the Haves (and don't want anymores) to the Wants (who would really like to have, but can't affords). It's wonderful to see the happiness generated by giving stuff that, like your school desk, is just basically sitting around collecting dusk.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
15 Mar 09
That's the site that I used and yes, it's a great feeling isn't it.