Freecycle

 | June 23, 2008 12:59 PM

The Freecycle Network

I have been freecycling for about 6 months. My reasons for doing it are:

  1. cut down on consumption
  2. be greener by using items that other people do not want
  3. save money

After six months these are the things I have received from freecycle users.

  • two welcome mats
  • various toys including Toy Story, Leapfrog Learn-Along Lily, etc.
  • VHS player (doesn’t record)
  • 2 indoor ceiling light fixtures (not installed yet)
  • 1 jogging stroller
  • 2 strollers
  • desktop computer
  • computer speakers, keyboard
  • Linksys wireless router (replaced my flaky one)
  • glass patio table
  • IKEA $25 off coupon
  • 19″ CRT monitor
  • 12 Christian framed landscape photos with Bible verses (not hung up yet)
  • disposable diapers
  • Melissa and Doug table top easel
  • electric lawnmower
  • plastic turtle sandbox
  • cloth napkins and kitchen towels
  • super soaker guns

These are the things I have given away to freecycle users.

  • multimeter, needed new batteries
  • Linksys wireless router, flaky
  • valances
  • moving boxes
  • various toys
  • 1 jogging stroller (got on freecycle)
  • 1 stroller (got on freecycle)
  • Consumer Reports 2008 buying guide
  • wrist watch, broken strap
  • broken halogen desk lamp

After six months of freecycling here are my conclusions.

  1. I have received a few items of value (glass patio table, electric lawnmower, PC, strollers, disposable diapers) but nothing of necessity.
  2. I appreciate being able to give away things that would have ended up in the trash.
  3. I think I am going to stop acquiring things via freecycle. :-)
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3 Responses to “Freecycle”

An wrote a comment on June 23, 2008

I’m interested in giving stuff away on freecycle. Do you ship items to people or do they pick up items from you?

seonghuhn wrote a comment on June 24, 2008

In most cases people pick stuff up from your place. You never even meet them, you just leave it outside your front door. If multiple people are coming then you can put them in bags with name labels on them.

However if the items you are giving away are in good condition you can donate them to a charity and then get a tax deduction from them.

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