The Crazy Suburban Mom: Cloudy with a chance of desk chairs and Twilight Novels...

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Cloudy with a chance of desk chairs and Twilight Novels...

This (really, really nice desk) chair ....

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May not seem like a big deal to you, or even a deal at all, but it's a big deal to me.  In the last few years my kid's broken every desk chair I've had and last week when the last one went he started on the dining room chairs.  He swears, they just break, Ma.  I dunno what's going on really; one night I go upstairs to bed and they are fine and come down the next morning to find a pile of sticks and twigs where a chair used to be.

Okay, not really the part about sticks and twigs.

(read on)

But they are somehow broken to the point of being unsittable for human tushies.  A few years ago I stopped buying retail and moved to garage sale chairs but after this last one that's even too expensive.  But I've found the best place to replace my desk chairs (and I will be replacing this one too, no doubt), it's called Freecycle.

I joined a few months ago when I was decluttering because I realized I was getting rid of things that other people might be able to use.   In the past I've thrown away so many garbage bags I knew had good usable things in there I just didn't know what to do with it all.  I was overwhelmed. 

I don't know if you've ever heard of Freecycle but this is how they describe themselves :   "The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,885 groups with 7,017,000 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills."  And it's really a fabulous idea.   

You can find one in your area by checking here 

I've seen the most amazing things come through the freecycle list.  I'm not even kidding.  When people renovate their kitchens they offer up the appliances!  I've seen washing machines and dryers, too.  A TV every once in a while... Furniture... Lots of clothes.  Food.  Anything someone thought they would use and it turns out they couldn't use, or didn't like or whatever...

And you can request things that you need.  I asked if anyone had a desk chair and um, the Twilight Novels (Sorry Son, but I didn't buy them...at least that's something) recently and picked up both yesterday.

If you've got things you want to part with or things that you need it couldn't hurt to check out Freecycle .  You could get what you need and someone could pass on what they don't.  Stuff stays out of landfills, too.   And it's all free.  In this economy, wow.  Huge.  In Freecycle it's about the Free thing.  There is no buying or trading (and you can't get things here to sell, please.  This isn't a place to load up to make some cash, mkay?)



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11 Comments:

Sheila Sultani 3/1/10, 5:38 AM  

You lucky, my kids started in on the sofa, my beautiful $1500 leather sofa - the whole back is broken - that is THE ONLY place they are allowed to sit now. I'll definitely have to check out freecycle. I hope there is something in my area.

Lynette 3/1/10, 6:45 AM  

freecycle is a great idea as long as the moderators follow up
in our area we have to load onto the neighboring county (as we do not have a chapter---too small).
and that county will not accept us...so tough titty said the kitty I guess.
btw....email me....i have a lil gift for you. Lil is the oppertive word there.

J Sedai 3/1/10, 7:31 AM  

I loved freecycle when we lived in ID, and we have something that kinda combines Craigs list and freecycle here (there's mostly for sale things, but a free section). and YAY for fee desk chairs!! (and books!)

Jingle 3/1/10, 10:39 AM  

I LOVE Freecycle, although, lately I haven't had responses for my 'wanted' posts much. I have captured a few wonderful things, though, and I've been able to give away some things to some VERY happy recipients and that is always fun!

Anonymous,  3/1/10, 10:55 AM  

I LOVE the idea of freecycle and it must depend on the individual groups because the one i TRIED to join was such a stickler about the rules that I could never give anything away (a rule for joinging and being able to get). I have also heard friends who have had problems with trying to give things away and the people wanting the item wanted it brought TO them!!! The idea is great-just in practice....glad its working for you though.

The Crazy Suburban Mom 3/1/10, 11:12 AM  

Sheila - Yes, I know that story too. My dogs ate a sofa once. Remember the 'cargo' furniture? Wood frame and and arm rests and you pick the cushions? Came home to find one of my dogs had chewed the wood to bits. Ill. I was ill...

Lynette, I sent an email

J - Now that sounds great too! I'd pay for things I want too.

Jingle - Yeah, not everything get picked up or you dont get all your wanteds but its a great first try cause you never know

Anon - Yeah, I've heard some are just a bust. Some mods over mod and some dont mod at all and it just gets to be a mess. I suppose you could always write to the main website and complain. Its shouldnt be so hard that its impossible really...

Maureen 3/1/10, 12:39 PM  

Hurray! Score!

As with anything, Freecycle can only be as good as the sum of it's parts. I suppose it starts with the moderator. Our sends out group messages from time to time reminding everyone of rules. Seems to work.

Mom Mayhem says: 3/1/10, 1:07 PM  

Yeah Freecycle is pretty cool -We actually used it to get rid of some old carpet awhile back. I should check into it again you never know what all you'll find -We could use a new desk chair too-And I definitely need to declutter also. Thanks for the reminder!

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique 3/1/10, 2:13 PM  

Yes ~ I've heard of the Freecycle Network - supposedly a great site! Also, just FYI ~ I'm fairly certain the kiddo is leaning back on the chairs doing tricks etc - may not even be aware that he's doing it ~ while studying, watching TV or whatever - this was the case with us years ago! LOL!!! And P.S. to all ~ March is National Women's History Month!!

Jen 3/1/10, 3:58 PM  

What a great idea. I have tons of stuff that I'd like to get rid of but know it's got plenty of use for someone who likes that kind of stuff.

Evil Twin's Wife 3/1/10, 4:17 PM  

I used Freecycle to declutter a while back and it was great. I need to bookmark the page again!

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