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  • Any old oil.

    I just Freegled 5 litres of engine oil, which was about 15 years old. I’ve moved house three times with this stuff!

    Down at the local dump/recycling centre, there’s a special bit for engine oil, as it is such nasty stuff, so I was delighted that someone could use it. It’s not just landfill – it’s toxic, so how cool that someone can benefit from it.

    And they were passing the area, so I left it on the doorstep – no inconvenience to anyone.

    Well done Freegle!

    Craig Edinburgh Freegle

  • Pots and Pans

    Understand the social mechanics of the local community

    My family and I are Italian/Australian (or vice versa) who, following a sequence of hard times since 2006, arrived in this country in September 2008 with one bag each and £700 to our name. Thru God’s grace, our good fortune and the members of Greencycle, we have been able to:

    get a leg up to join British society, entertain the kids, prepare food, store clothes, stay warm, watch TV and videos, do favours for others, reduce our own clutter, understand the social mechanics of the local community, meet new friends and… experience the warm fuzzies unique to a committed recycler!

    Zz , Greencycle Sussex

  • Greenhouse.

    I placed an ad for a greenhouse within 2 hrs I had received an email from a lovely gentleman who was kind enough to let me have his.

    My greenhouse is now up and running and am looking forward to some warmer weather to start my new hobby.

    Once again many thanks.

    Sharon Bishop Auckland Freegle

  • Penny Spitfire

    Penny Spitfire

    Quite a while back, I was given, by Brian a Freegler (perhaps even before it became Freegle), some very small files. I want to post a thank you to him.

    I told him why I needed the files, which was to recreate a model of a Spitfire plane.

    The text below was posted on my Facebook page and I hope explains how important those files were to me. The photo shows what that kind man helped me achieve.

    For George Salmon and Frank Salmon.

    Many years ago, when I still had more hair on my head than on my back, my father gave me a wonderful present. It was a tiny model of a Spitfire, made by his Dad from an old penny.

    It was absolutely wonderful. The likeness to a real Spitfire was uncanny. I treasured that little Spitfire for many years until one day I realised I had lost it. I have felt guilty about the loss ever since.

    Then one day I decided that I would replicate my Grandad’s model and make myself a new little Spitfire. Now I am nowhere near as skilled as Grandad but I have given it my best shot.

    I have mounted the penny Spitfire on two other pennies, mainly to show it off but also to make it less easy to lose. One day I will pass the Spitfire on to my son Michael and I hope that he is not as dumb as his Dad and keeps it safe. In the mean time, this one is for you Dad and Grandad.

    Steve, Telford Freegle

  • 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

  • Offered: Unicycle on ChilternFreegle

    Offered: Unicycle on ChilternFreegle

    Pashley Unicycle. Flat tyre but otherwise ready to go. Hours of fun (and frustration). Wear a helmet !! Good luck, Paul

    It was taken that same day.

    Paul said “20 years since I rode this but I’ve still got the scars. It’s a young man’s game. Time for somebody else to ‘saddle up’.”

    Paul ChilternFreegle

  • Beds are all white now !!!

    Beds are all white now !!!

    Back in September I got some old bunk beds from Dave in Berwick, via Freegle.

    Due to bad weather etc, its taken me a while to do them up, but, after sanding, painting white gloss, more painting white gloss, and then painting a few funky stripes on them, they are finished!

    Thanks to Freegle my kids got new beds!

    Thank you x

    Liz , Eastbourne

  • Thanks to Freegle

    Early last year we discovered we were expecting our second child, unfortunately 3 months into the pregnancy I was made redundant and my partner had his hours reduced at work, with money so short we wondered how we could possibly cope with a new baby, I had given all of my 3 year old son’s baby things away on Freegle previously so I decided to place a ‘Wanted’ add, the replies were amazing.

    From the swinging crib from Natalie, the clothes from Ruth, to the pram and numerous other things from the ever so generous Bea I can’t express how grateful we are.

    Our Baby, Amelia is 4 months old now and we’ve already re-freegled the things she has grown out of.

    There are lots of things new parents worry about, but thanks to Freegle, and the kindness of strangers, providing for our baby is no longer one of them.

    (I have attached a picture of Amelia, enjoying her first Christmas wearing a very kindly donated party dress!)

    Sarah Leeson, Leeds Freegle

  • Rise and fall seat operated by mains water pressure

    I have been a Freegle and Freecycle user for a number of years and have received and given many items that would have other wise ended up in landfill. I have recently finished building a house, converting an old dilapidated bakehouse in Cellardyke, and have received many items that have been Incorporated into the build. There are far too many to mention individually but one item stands out.

    My wife was diagnosed with MS four years ago after the plans for the house were submitted. It became apparent during the build that, due to her deteriorating physical abilities, a normal bathroom would not meet her needs. She didn’t want a walk in shower since a hot soak in a bath helped to ease her condition.

    By chance someone had remodeled there bathroom and wanted rid of the perfect solution to our needs. The bathroom fittings being removed included a bath that not only had a rise and fall seat operated by mains water pressure but also Incorporated a Jacuzzi. This is now installed (after some minor modifications) and is working perfectly to the delight of my lady wife.

    I cannot recommend these sites more highly and encourage all who I talk to, to join.

    Thanking you and your fellow moderators for all the work you do.

    Alex , Central Fife Freegle

  • I’m disorganised

    I always try to post a thank you message to folks straight after picking up, but I confess that sometimes I’m disorganised. The trouble is, once you realise how much fun, or use you’re having, a few months later, it’d feel odd to get in contact again so late, and I’ve often lost the e-mail address, so I thought I’d use the cafe to say a few thank you’s. The right people may not read them, but maybe they’ll give you all a warm feeling for things you’ve given away.

    So, thank you to the lady from Caversham who has provided my daughter with hours of fun, by just asking did I want some bath toys when I went to pick up some Megablocks (also good fun, BTW!) The Winnie the Pooh bath toys are in daily use, and helped us realise how much our little one’s speech was improving, as she asks for Tigger or Piglet each time! Thanks to the same lady for two stools designed for toilet training, but that are getting good use at my daughter’s (charity shop) easel.

    Thank you to a lady from West Reading for the small trampoline – it’s well loved – although little one currently dances on it, as she hasn’t yet mastered jumping!

    Thank you too to the little girl from Shinfield who passed on her fab pink trike to plenty of enjoyment (and only once to dozing off on it!)

    Thank you to someone in Shinfield for the piano many years ago! Rescued from her garage, our neighbours kindly helped the collection, and it looks fabulous. it’s been a source of entertainment for two of us for a long time, and now our daughter is experimenting!

    Thank you to the lady who was in Woodley, but was moving, for the highchair. That’s had a lot of use – usually several times a day.

    Thank you to yesterday’s pick-up of books for my little girl – each parent has already read them to her several times already!

    Thank you to the gentleman who responded to my “wanted” for a hairdryer – it doesn’t get used that often, but everytime it is, I am always so grateful!

    Thank you to someone from near town centre for the footspa – it was good to try, but we eventually re-freegled as we felt someone else might make better use of it.

    Thank you to the lady who lived near where my sister used to, for the fabulous lilac hat & brooch – I’ve worn them to two weddings already, and I’m sure those wont be the last.

    Thank you to the lady in Woodley who supplied a pushchair parasol, which helped reduce my maternal worries no end.

    Thank you to someone for the re-bounder / trampette / exercise trampoline. It did get good use, though not so much lately, so that might form part of the clear out I’m itching to do, in that magical time of “when things are a bit less busy.” One of the things that is fab about freegle is that you can give things a try, and if it doesn’t work out, or your life changes a bit, re-freegle it.

    Thank you to the person in Caversham whose blender has been used SOOOO much, and has helped make a lot of healthy vegetable soups, which I’m sure has been even more environmentally friendly than you’d have guessed, as those soups constantly help save me having to buy clothes in much larger sizes!

    Thank you to the lady just down the road from me, from the dressmakers patterns and offer of advice if needed. I never did take you up on it, but it was very kind of you. This was a few years before my little girl, and I passed the children’s ones onto a friend, who I think made several things for both her girls. (Where she finds the hours, I don’t know, but I’m glad they were used!)

    Thank you also to all the people who took things away – the space cleared has been wonderful, and I’m always happier if I think things are going to a good home! It’s definitely time for another clear out, so that’s added to the list of things I aim to do in June… or July if things run away from me, as usual.

    And of course if anyone feels the urge to offer a dressmakers’ dummy, an alto sax, or anything a toddler can have fun with, I’ll look forward to e-mailing you too!

    P.S. And an early thank you to the Woodley lady I’m arranging a pick-up with now – looking forward to enjoying the goodies!

    Gill Smith, Reading and Woodley Cafe