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My personal (but public) notes about my homebrewing, knitting and other random stuff

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


I think I first heard about freecycling a few months ago on Wulf's blog. It struck me at the time as being a great sounding idea, but I didn't get round to pursuing it any further.

I'm now gearing up to move from my current (shared) house to a flat of my own (well, still rented, but no more housemates with conflicting ideas about stuff like washing up) and have had to start thinking about getting rid of some of the surplus junk I've acquired over the last few years. What better than to freecycle it?

Checking out the Freecycle homepage, I found a reasonably active group in my local area and signed up. That was about 3 days ago. Fairly quickly , I posted my first offer - of an old 1-row melodeon that I'd picked up on eBay in the vain hope that it would be reasonably playable. I had a good crop of responses, with about half a dozen people showing interest. The first person I offered it to changed her mind, as she'd found out that the person she'd had in mind to get it for had just got one of their own. The second person called round this evening to collect it, and he seemed delighted with it. It gave me quite a warm glow.

I've now offered some bits that I salvaged from my old car before I scrapped it, which I've realised I don't actually need, and I have a few other things I'll probably offer soon too. I'm going to try to resist the temptation to get any new things until I've moved to the flat and found out whether I'll actually have any space for more stuff. Unless someone happens to offer a washing machine, as I'll be needing one of those.

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