|Posted on Monday, 02 July, 2007 - 09:04 am: |
Does anyone have any experience with using Freecycle? This is a service which, as I understand it, allows you to find a good home for things which you no longer need.
Tidying/clearing out the house over the weekend, we identified a number of things (like a manual/push-type lawnmower) that are no longer needed and which are too bulky/not really valuable enough to be worth selling on eBay.
I have had a look on the Freecycle website for a local group - http://freecycle.org/display.php?region=United%20Kingdom#London/Greater%20London - but the closest appears to be Greenwich.
Any info, guidance or feedback - good or bad - much appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
|Posted on Monday, 02 July, 2007 - 09:43 am: |
I bought a secondhand lawnmower from my local secondhand shop. You could sell it to a secondhand shop for resale.
|Posted on Monday, 02 July, 2007 - 10:58 am: |
There is a group for Lewisham: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lewishamfreecycle/
|Posted on Monday, 02 July, 2007 - 11:01 am: |
Yes, I've used it. There's a Lewisham one (under London originally) which has a lot of products from Forest Hill, Honor Oak and Sydenham. There's a fair volume of stuff going through it and a real mixture of items from genuinely useful and good quality to what looks like junk sometimes.
I set up a new email address for it so that it didn't get spammed and set it to 'digest' mode since I'm not that interested always in what's available.
I gave away an old computer which was cluttering up the house and wasn't really worth much given the hassle of trying to package it up. I had about 20 enquiries within a few hours and it was picked up 2 days later by a grateful new owner. I did weed through the enquiries and gave it to someone who works for a charity (legit given the email was for them) to try to avoid giving a way to someone looking to sell it on later.
|Posted on Monday, 02 July, 2007 - 01:05 pm: |
I've had good experiences with freecycle as well. The only down side is the amount of email you will get. It is worth it setting up a separate email account or setting up a rule in your email application that dumps it all in one folder. Also, while there is some good stuff on there, there is also a lot of junk as well.
But I have a poor friend who outfitted his entire flat in freecycle furniture. It didn't all match, but it wasn't poor quaility either.
|Posted on Monday, 02 July, 2007 - 01:53 pm: |
I can also vouch for Lewisham freecycle. I wouldn't recommend getting all the emails individually, as there are too many. In fact I haven't signed up to get any of the emails, apart from admin ones, and I just check the site on a daily basis instead.
I've got rid of quite a few things that I'd have had to take to the tip otherwise (furniture, computers, magazines etc) because they aren't worth selling on. The hardest part is choosing who to give it to though! Everyone I've met seems really nice and really grateful.
I haven't managed to pick much stuff up yet - you have to be really quick to get the good stuff.
I bet the Council is pleased though - must reduce the amount of waste they have to process!!
|Posted on Monday, 16 July, 2007 - 05:01 pm: |
Hi there, if you;re still looking for a home for the lawnmower, I'd happily take it off your hands. Cheers. Tom
|Posted on Monday, 16 July, 2007 - 05:31 pm: |
Apathy has ruled (and I have been trying to work out what other things we might be able to freecycle). The upside of this is that the lawnmower is still awaiting a new home.
Let me have an email address and I'll be in touch.
|Posted on Thursday, 20 September, 2007 - 04:37 pm: |
I can vouch for the Lewisham Freecycle - I have both given and received. Saved me a few trips to the dump, but has allowed me to receive a nearly new Hoover and baby food.
And they say nothing in life is free....