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  • Conveyancing solicitor

    I worked for some years as a conveyancing solicitor, handling the purchase of new homes. Often young couples or singles would want to purchase a home, and they all wanted to maximise deposits etc so didn’t have much furniture or what they had was ancient hand-me-downs. Sometimes couples were separating and sharing the furniture between them.

    For these people just beginning their lives as new homeowners, I’ve often recommended Freegle and many have come back to me to say how marvellous it has been to furnish their new homes with free furniture.

    I bought my own home and when it came to moving, found that some of my furniture wouldn’t fit or was totally unsuitable. I love the fact that I can experiment with different looks, different furnishings, different…everything. And what I don’t need soon finds a ready home with someone else. Everyone I’ve met has been delightful and it’s a pleasure “doing business” with them. The moderators at the local Freegle site work hard to keep the site a pleasant place. Hats off to them.

    Twinx , Bath Freegle

  • Happy endings

    Hi.

    We had an enormous pile of jigsaw puzzles that my husband had done at least once. We were running out of space to store them and I finally persuaded him to part with many of them. I put them on Freegle thinking that we would get lots of people picking them over and taking the nicest.

    A gentleman arrived from a local Retirement Home and collected them all, thanking us and mentioning that it would give his residents hours and hours of fun – and probably frustration! Possibly they would be done many more times.

    Great.

    Sue, Hunts Freegle

  • Thank You Freegle Group Owners/Members

    Please can I begin with a big thank you to all the Freegle, owners, for all the hard work they do,and all the free time they give to Freegle.

    Over 12 months ago I was talking to one of my friends about my photo collection, saying how much I loved collecting them, and saying what a great way of saving a bit history I thought it was, and what a shame so much history ends up in the bin, she then told me about Freegle and wow I have never looked back.

    Although I do buy some photos from Ebay etc most of my photos have been donated by you kind hearted Freeglers, my small collection of photos is now huge and still growing, I now have a lot of people coming to me for that old black and white they are looking for, and of course if I can help I do.

    Last week I was approached by a gentleman looking for photos of the 1st world war and he has suggested me putting together an album to be copied and printed for next year to celebrate 100 years since the end of the 1st world war. I thought this sounded a lovely idea, so if any business person out there think this is a good idea? Please let me know?

    This would of Course be a non profit challenge for me and any one that would like to help. I thought the obvious place to donate any profit would be Freegle.

    Please note:

    This has not been sorted yet with Freegle, as at the moment it is only an idea, if it looks like it will be a goer then I will ask Freegle how to donate etc.

    So all ideas help or comments good or bad welcome.

    Thanks again for all you kind gifts over the last 12 months

    Stuart Keller, Bradford Freegle and others.

  • Black and White photos

    Hi all Freegle owners, and all fellow Freeglers.

    I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all the Freegle owners, who took the time to help me and let me use there sites, when the computer saw me as spam and bared me from using Freegle, I must say I was really upset.

    But then I had so many people trying to help me get back on, it really was a great feeling when so many nice people was trying to help me, they knew I was an honest Freegler and a mistake had been made by me as well as the computer.

    I had tried to take my hobby and love of photos all over the country with out thinking of the consequences, the computer did its job, and tried to protect the Freegle community, but now thank fully I am back on Freegeling,and looking all over the country for my beloved black and white photos.

    Can I take this opportunity to thank all the kind people who have kindly sent me photos for my collection, there has been two or three people who have not put there address in with the photos, so I have not been able to say thank you.

    So if I may use this moment I will say it now,a big thank to you every body witch ever way you have helped me, a special thank you to nolly who kindly gifted me a music photo album with vintage photos, of witch I know she could have sold this for some a substantial amount of money.

    I will always treasure this, as I will all my other lovely gifts, and treat them with the respect they deserve.

    So thanks again.

    Stuart Keller, Bradford Freegle and others.

  • Six year old in training

    My train set dates back as far as 35 years ago when I was a little dot. It got built upon until I was around 15-16 and then boxed up and forgotten about whilst I got older. It was loaned out to a family member for many years and eventually returned when I asked for it back due to having become a father and having one boy that’s train mad. What was returned to me wasn’t everything that was borrow and certainly wasn’t in good condition. By this time I’d already got my 6 year old excited about “daddys great electric train set,” and even he could feel the disappointment when I started unpacking boxes only to be met with broken or damaged trains/track/stations/etc.

    A quick look on eBay and Friday Ad proved that I wasn’t in a position to replace what I wanted to so the plans my lad an I had made for the tracks had to be scaled down to something a bit more simple. By this time we had already boarded out the attic and built a raised table.

    I thought a cheeky request on Freegle might provide a few bits of track IF we were really lucky. Even when I posted the ad I really didn’t expect a single reply.

    Well, a single reply is all I got. It came from a very nice man just north of Lewes and said he had some track and a few bits that I was welcome to albeit in average to poor condition due to its age and the fact it had been in storage for 20+ years.

    When I arrived to have a look at what he had I was led to a garage and presented with two brimming storage boxes of track/trains/carriages/stations/scenery/controllers/bridges/etc. I was amazed. A quick rummage was enough to know that there were a lot of smiles in these boxes for me and my lad so I gratefully accepted them and rushed home.

    At home we emptied the boxes on the kitchen table and were both looking at each other saying “WOW” every 10 seconds as another gem was uncovered. The plans in our heads were scaling up again to building a couple of tracks and a goods shunting yard equal to anything seen on the Island of Sodor. Some of the kit might not work, some of it might be a bit damaged but that doesn’t matter. It’s going to be built and played with for years to come and will make at least two boys very happy (and a third when he gets old enough)

    A collector/enthusiast would have probably paid handsomely for what I was given. I don’t know how to value a permanent smile from a six year old but I hope it’s worth a massive warm glow to a lovely man “just north of Lewes.”

    Freegles ace. A proper community spirit in a world of doom and gloom.

    Thanks

    Tim , Lewes Freegle

  • Exchange and heart!

    A Freegler offered offcuts of wood suitable for firewood. He had asked a builder for offcuts of roof battens which he wanted to use on his allotment but the builder gave him roof rafter offcuts instead which were no use to him at all so he was happy to pass them on to me.

    That afternoon i collected more firewood from another Freegler. (All this wood was for someone who had a wood burning stove but no transport). Alongside his fence he had a bundle of 10 roof battens which he could not use and offered me those as well. I said i would take them for another Freegler as they were too good for firewood. I was so excited that i could give them to the first Freegler who missed out after his request to the builder.

    Then i noticed the garden was really overgrown and we got into conversation about it and he told me how a borrowed lawnmower just could not cope with it. I told him i had been given a rechargeable battery powered strimmer from a Freegler a while ago and had not found a suitable charger for it. It was rather heavy for me to use and i was going to pass it on and suggested he might try it.

    Took it round the next day and left it for him. Then that evening he emailed to say he had managed to find an old charger in the depths of his garden shed and was able to get it up and running.

    This has been my happiest exchanges. Freegler 1 got his battens, Freegler 2 got his strimmer and had his wood removed, Freegler 3 got the wood for his stove, Freegler 4 was able to pass on his strimmer and Freegler 5 (me) met, in all, three lovely people who were all happy with their exchanges.

    Timing and Freeglers’ generosity makes such a blessed difference.

    very best wishes,

    Susan, St. Albans Freegle

  • So there are good people around

    I offered my mum’s greenhouse on Freegle a couple of years ago. The couple who dismantled and took it away not only weeded and cleared up the ground under and behind it, but returned a week later with jars of homemade jam and pickles.

    So there are good people around, perhaps mainly those who can’t afford a few £100s for a new greenhouse.

    JC , Southport Freegle

  • Our Garden Cabin, also known as the House of Doors.

    Our Garden Cabin, also known as the House of Doors.

    It was built as a jewellery workshop from my wife. The house was constructed entirely from old exterior doors that I got from various donors via Freegle. The internal structural frame and flooring base were also made from wood donated via Freegle. The shed felt on the roof is the only ‘new’ product on the cabin, and that’s simply because the old felt (recycled from another shed) blew off in a storm.

    The wide sides (which have been weatherproofed with an extra layer of wood cladding) are made from sliding 1960s shop doors donated from a garden centre. The interior of the cabin has been kitted out using desktops and shelving from a local school, again via Freegle!

    I am very proud of this part of my garden because pretty much everything in it is recycled, the chicken enclosure to the rear of the cabin is made from Freegled wood, netting, a gate and concrete blocks. All the landscaping around the cabin (slabs, blocks, bricks, roof tiles) are all via Freegle too. The only things I have paid for really are the things to stick it all together – eg, nails and screws.

    You can make useful and even beautiful things from recycled materials. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy breathing new life in to old materials and I urge you to try it if you’ve never tried it before!

    Warm regards to everyone,

    Jay Birmingham

  • Humour from Freegling

    I always read the lists from Freegle when they appear on my screen and we have given away quite a lot of gear via the brilliant system.

    But there is one name, of a man living locally I look out for.

    He doesn’t merely put an ‘offer’ or ‘wanted’ post, but embroiders it with such wit I think he should be writing comedy scripts!

    When I first read one of his posts, I laughed so much I couldn’t resist messaging him to show my appreciation for his brightening up an otherwise dull day!

    So thank you Freegle for that, along with the brilliant service you provide.

    Linda, Lancaster Morecambe Freegle

  • Ceramic tiles

    Without the ceramic tiles we have been given from our local Freeglers, our new mosaic group at Piccadilly support centre Lancaster, couldn’t have done this…….

    Its not finished yet but it will be soon and we have plans to do much more.

    Thank you so much Freeglers.

    Janette, Lancaster and Morecambe Freegle