Two weeks ago I joined freecycle. Should have done it much earlier. I heard about it a few years ago through a friend of mine who, as it now turns out, is the ‘owner’ of the Sydney Central group. Other friends have been using it and rave about it. Finally, I had a customer end of last year who was using it very successfully.
You know how it is a lot of times. You decide to let go of something, it gets put in a pile or a box, then you forget about it or don’t have the time to move it OUT OF YOUR HOUSE. When I work with my clients, I always take all the stuff that might be of interest to a charity shop, but they don’t take everything. Bulky items, stationery and toys are often left for the bin, which is sad and makes it even harder to let go.
And that’s where Anne put it onto freecycle, and it was gone three days later, to be used and hopefully loved by another family.
Here is how it works: Freecycle is a not for profit worldwide organisation. It is organised into local groups, so driving around is kept to a minimum. Their aim is to keep items out of landfill. All posts are moderated and there is a code of ethics so everyone feels safe and happy.
You can find out what regional group you would belong to here. You join through Yahoo groups and post with e mails send to your local group.
You can post things you want to get rid of, but you can also post ‘want’ items. The first things I posted where 8 unused cane garden torches – taken out of the garage during de clutter, we had a couple of weekends ago (our council clean up day is coming up). They were brand new and have been hanging around far too long. They are really not rubbish and someone picked them up and used them at a garden party (although, garden party is slightly unlikely with the weather we have been having in Sydney). I also posted a ‘want’ item, because hubby promised me to install new edging around my veggie beds for my birthday next month. Everything in the shops is just too expensive so this could be a great way to help me. He is going over to pick up some wooden planks in Leichhardt this weekend!
1. Go here and find the right region in Australia (sorry to my overseas readers – but it started in the USA so you are bound to have the same) http://www.freecycle.org/group/AU/
2. next page leads you to select a more detailed local group. You can check out what’s been posted and what’s wanted. At the bottom of that page click the ‘Join Group’ button and follow the instructions. A message will come to you to confirm your email address, then another asking for your suburb (this is to ensure you are joining the correct group)
3. once accepted into the group, you can elect to receive every post in a separate e mail, a twice daily digests, or just look it up on the site whenever you need something or feel like it.
At the moment I read the digest twice a day – . It’s an intersting read and good to know what other people post or want. We might have some of the ‘want’ items lurking in the shed or in my kids chaos(= kids bedroom)