Lovelies, it’s raining again and too dark for me to take photos of my next installment for Would You Wear This. So, sit back and let me tell you about this wondrous thing called Freecycle.
If you go to their website, you will find this:
Like it says, type in your city/town and state and you will find out if there’s a Freecycle group in your area. When I did this and joined the group that came out from the search, it rejected me because I lived too far from their area. Had I been accepted, it explained, I would have robbed the ones living in the vicinity of the chance to receive things. Also, because the area was some 20-30 miles away from where I resided, it would be a waste of fuel to drive there and back. So, if this happens to you, don’t be discouraged. Try again and type in your ZIP CODE. When I did, I found that there was actually a group in my area.
Since B. and I are just starting out and have nothing to give (our shelves are made of boxes, for pete’s sake!), I can only share my experiences on being a Freecycle recipient. I have been lucky enough to receive a few items from Freecycle.
- A clothes hamper and laminated tabletop from a lady named Katie.
- Two sturdy wire shelves from a lady named Meg.
- An antique cherry wood drawer chest and large gilded mirror from a lady named Ruth.
- A medium-sized garbage bag of various fabric from a lady named Wendy.
- Seven large garbage bags of clothes from a lady I can’t name.
Yes, I remember all the names of the Freecyclers I’ve met. Even the last lady but I’ll explain later why I withheld her name. What you need to bear in mind is this: they choose you. How you are chosen is via different methods. Some Freecyclers choose the first person who responds to their post. Some like to get rid of their stuff ASAP so whoever gives the earliest pick up date gets the item. Sometimes politeness will catch a giver’s eye. Like Ruth, for example. She was unloading several big items like the drawer chest, a dresser, a bed, etc. She received almost a hundred emails but she found most of them too curt or demanding, even. Like, “I want the dresser”. Or “I’ll take that off your hands”. Because the drawer chest had been her grandmother’s, she said she wanted “to give it to someone nice”. She told me I was the only one who wrote her nicely and that’s why she chose me and gave me the lovely new mirror, too, when I picked it up.
The Freecyclers I’ve met always thank me for helping them clear their homes of unwanted things. Maybe this gives a lot of potential recipients the idea that they don’t need to thank people or be polite when asking for it. But I see it as me receiving something I need because, by some cosmic mechanism, I was chosen by them out of hundreds or even thousands (my group has well over 7,000 members). I don’t often do it but for every three emails I’ve sent asking for an item, I get one reply either telling me it’s already been promised to someone or that I can come and get it. I should be very grateful.
In Part 2, I shall share some Freecycling tips and a horror story. Watch out for it, lovelies!