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« on: January 17, 2004 06:37:31 AM »

While looking into recycling tricks to make a privacy fence on the cheap (hint: I still need ideas, people...) I came across this really interesting site.  It's called freecycle.  http://freecycle.org/

Basically, it's a site with a description of how it works, it's philosophy, and links to region-specific mailing lists.

I know how many of you haunt Good Will and second-hand stores for t-shirts, old jeans, old jackets, busted lamps, etc.  Well, if someone posts such an item to the mailing list in your area, you can go get it...FOR FREE!

Check it out.  It's completely free, and it could be a lot of fun, or really useful.  I'm thinking about starting one here in Tallahassee.
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2004 05:10:55 AM »

There is a wonderful place called Freecycle http://www.freecycle.org that is set up as an online forum to list wants and offers of free items. This isn't just craft related (you can also find furniture, household items, clothing etc.) but they do have a lot of craft oriented freebies in my area. You sign up for your geographic region. They have them all over the US (don't think it has gone international yet, sorry folks).

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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2004 03:00:59 PM »

Hi: I joined a few of them in my area and you can find almost anything. In the Houston, TX area they have a board called for sale in Houston and you can buy all types of things there at reasonable prices. I recently bought a bunk bed set there and got a very good price for it. I also posted looking for things and got several replys. Three women were looking for cell phones and I happened to have three I wasn't using so I mailed one to each of them. It is a great way to recycle and they have some listings for other countries now. Connie
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2004 07:12:30 PM »

Connie -

Thanks so much for mentioning the cell phones. I do fundraisers for a local chapter of NephCure dedicated to kidney research and we are collecting cells and printer cartridges. I never thought of listing that want on the Freecycle list for my area. You may have just helped us get more funds for our program, and helped people suffering from nephrotic syndrome and FSGS. Thanks so much.

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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2004 09:58:32 PM »

I am a member of the Onondaga County, NY freecycle group, and it is great!  I havn't found anything that has jumped out at me yet, but I know I will.  They have everything from old year books to dog crates!  I have a ton of stuff lying around that I don't need but I would like to give to a good home where it is needed.  I will probably devote a good part of day tomorrow to posting it all at Freecycle. 

Spydermum & conniesr:  What are the old cell phones used for?  My first guess was that if someone was signing up to a plan that required a certain brand of phone, they could get it from someone else who no longer had the plan, but still had the phone.  Is that right?  And the printer cartridges, are they for refilling?
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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2004 11:14:27 PM »

Awesome!  I was thinking that there wouldn't be anyone signed up in my area, and then it turned out that there were, like, three hundred people in the county who had signed up.  Thanks!!

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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2004 05:08:50 PM »

i think this is a great idea Smiley
it would be cool if we (in portugal or, at least, in europe) had a forum like that.
unfortunely we don't...

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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2004 08:55:44 PM »

aww. i joined freecycle in my area awhile ago, but i quit because it was mostly just internet-illiterate folks asking for free stuff (like cars and laptops!). it was too frustrating. maybe i'll try again later.

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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2004 09:22:58 AM »

go to groups.yahoo.com and search your state and "freecycle." you will be able find so many more groups near you that way. and be sure to give some stuff away too, that's what it's all about!

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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2005 11:50:33 AM »

I was just on the freecycle site and noticed they now have international groups as well.

As for those people who get frustrated with a group, try another on in your area.  I found that one group in my area was very heavy on the "wanted" posts, while another one had a "limit your wanted posts" policy.  If at first you don't succeed...
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