Stories from Freeglers
We love to hear why people Freegle - it keeps our volunteers volunteering, and it helps show new freeglers what it's all about.
So please tell us your story!
Tell us your story!
Here are some recent stories from freeglers like you...
Waste not want not.
From a member of Penrith and Eden District Freegle#5118
I just love the idea of Freegle as I hate for things to go to the dump. I've mainly used it to give things away, I seem to have missed out on getting items on offer that I've fancied. Better luck next time!
Freegle if you want the warm fuzzies!
From a member of Barking and Dagenham Freegle#5112
Gave my sofa away on @thisisfreegle. Couple who took it sent me a video of their dog and baby lounging on it, with a thank you message to say it’s made their Christmas. 😍😭
Help for a disabled friend
From a member of Stirling Freegle#5106
I have been using Freegle to help a friend who is disabled and about to move to his own home for the first time after the death of his Mum. I cannot thank those who have helped enough. From the dishwasher from Tullibody to the trunk from Dunblane, everyone has been so kind. My only irritation with this system is there are some out there that just don’t respond when you have asked for something. I am always polite so I get upset when others don’t bother.
Please respond, we are trying to take things you don’t want, please advise either way.
I hate waste!
From a member of Perth and Kinross Freegle#5103
I’ve had lots of good stuff from Freegle people over the years and made use of it all. Now it’s my turn to give as we downsize and I enjoy that just as much. No waste, huge happiness.
From a member of North West Leicestershire Freegle#5100
My husband hates clutter and I hate throwing good items into landfill.
I gave lots of things to the old Freecycle years ago and had a happy husband.
So have joined Freegle so calm and happiness reins.
One Way Street
From a member of Burgess Hill Freegle#5097
I am well retired and I am now on my own after many years of happy marriage. Over those years we acquired a lot of 'stuff' and I am now trying to clear out as much as possible that is no longer needed. So, my one way street is that I am only interested in passing things on to people who can make use of them.
Perhaps the first was a cot which we bought second hand and cleaned up. After 3 children and five grandchildren it started a new life in a new household.
I confess I prefer emails to going through the freegle site!
My Loyal Companion
From a member of Westminster Freegle#5088
Some time in 2012, a lady advertised that she was having a house clear out. I was one of those who was invited to take stuff.
On getting there, i meet a lovely lady who said she was relocating outside the UK, showed me all that was left after a freegler had visited. There were lots of things to take but due to the fact that I wasn't driving and shared a flat with friends, I couldn't pick up much. I took a standing coat hanger, a little radio/CD player and funny enough a trolley which was pretty and uncommon. I used this to carry the items I had received. Little did I know that this trolley will be my most loyal companion as I had used it when going shopping since 2012 to last Tuesday, 6th November 2018. I really love it.
Unfortunately I can't add the picture of the trolley because due to use in all weather it has become ugly but still waxing strong.
Hope the lovely lady and family are having a good time in their new country of residence.
A good experience.
From a member of Bicester Freegle#5082
I am moving house and decided that some things weren’t coming with me. I posted about 8 items on Freegle.
Within no time I had people interested and were asking questions. I have got rid of 4 things in a matter of days.
The plus point for me (apart from getting rid of stuff) was how lovely and grateful all my receipients have been. They were all on time, fitted in with my diary, were chatty and very polite.
I even received a message from one of them telling me how grateful he was and sent me a photo of my garden bench in its new home! Brilliant!
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From a member of Hertford Freegle#221
Freegle is the most amazing site; things I have to give usually get taken, items I need I'm sometimes lucky to receive. Make a request on behalf of a charity and
I get offered more than I can cope with but all gratefully received.
The very best thing is that, by using freegle. items get reused and are kept out of landfill.
Amazed by the wonderful response of others
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From a member of Swindon Freegle#1825
I have asked on several occasions for any leftover wool and was totally amazed by the very kind offers from other freeglers. I travelled to Devizes, Tetbury, Cricklade, Swindon and Wootton Bassett to collect, even if it was a few balls of wool. I am busy knitting mitts, beanies, scarves and clothes for teddys for an organisation in South Africa. This is for orphaned children, to keep them warm. I was gobsmacked by the response and I could not thank them enough for their kind genorosity. I am a total recycle freak and anything that I can pass over rather than tip it is a bonus. I have given away, chaise lounges, chairs, ironing boards, games and even some very large furniture plastic bags that a man needed for a garden project. Even an empty box that a TV came in, the chappie was delighted as he was moving house and wanted to protect his TV in transit. Several years ago, I advertised our fully functioning TV up for grabs, it was one of those large back ones. A man came and said he was SO pleased as his TV had gone bust and his grandson was coming over to stay at his house and play his new XBox that he had had for Christmas, this was New Years Eve the man collected, he was over the moon. I get very despondent when my husband and I do a tip run with garden rubbish and see all the items being skipped that could either be offered for free or given to a charity. Let's enrol others into freegle thinking, the world would be a better place.
Helping the environment
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From a member of Milton Keynes Freegle#4851
I love to freegle. I have only ever given stuff away. I do it to help the environment and hopefully do others a good turn. Just recently I have given away an under the counter freezer and a reclining massage chair. In the past I have given a microwave, bricks and furniture and much more.
I have met many people over the years, most of them extremely grateful and nice people but my last giveaway was less than favourable because of the less than gracious and cynical recipient of the chair I gave. Gladly there are few like this and overall proves to be a good experience. I think this does wonders for the environment.
It's true one person's rubbish is another's find
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From a member of Sheffield Freegle#4623
I have recently made 3 offers and each person came when they said they would, or in one case phoned to rearrange pick up. I had filled my car with what I thought was REAL rubbish in preparation for a trip to the tip. I half jokingly said to one person who came to collect an offer 'Is there anything you would like from the car? There was lots and I was able to take other stuff to the tip. (Garden waste which wouldn't fit in my 2 compost bins)
Occasionally in the past I have been let down by people not turning up. The 3 people I met recently were all lovely and had genuine stories about why they wanted the offers.
I am in the process of clearing out some of my late husband's stuff and will certainly offer things on freegle before putting them in the bin or taking to the tip.
Some good comments, here.
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From a member of Northampton Freegle#4177
I don't know who this quote is attributed to, but it sums up what people are saying, here.
"One man's junk,. is another man's antique!"
Giving my Dad's stuff to people who'll treasure it
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From a member of Croydon Freegle#3748
We had stacks of stuff to give away frpmmy old home. None of us three siblings had room for it all. We Freegled the dining table and six chairs. A couple came from miles away, managed to tie the table to their car roof, plus some chairs, with the rest crammed inside. We gave them a canteen of cutlery too. She e mailed me afterwards to thanks us and said hiw pleased she was, that she never thought she could have such lovely things! I was very touched and so pleased that my Dad's furniture would give so much pleasure and help a family. A great boost.
Lapsed Commune turns into functional Housing Cooperative with Freegle's help
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From a member of Ludlow and Leominster Freegle#3123
We started freecycling once we'd cleared a path through the 35 years of accumulated rubbish in the excellent but dilapidated house we took on as the newest members of Earthworm Housing Co-op back in 2011.
The house was bought as a commune back in 1975, but only gained stability and legal definition as a housing cooperative in 1989. Since then over 100 people have lived here, taking and leaving all sorts of things. For a longer version of the story see our website www.earthwormhousingcooperative.org.uk, but in short we've really enjoyed sending things away to people who'll appreciate them, and using Freecycle and Freegle we've added such luxuries as the washing machine, the freezer and carpets!
One week in 2012 we leapt two centuries in a week, when we added running water and the internet. Ever since then we've been happily freegling.
It's so good to give
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From a member of Wadebridge Freegle#3052
On getting some really great stuff on freagle I decided to start freegling myself, giving is definitely as fulfilling and rewarding as getting and it is such as great idea, when I visit the local landfill site I am apalled at the stuff that is in the skips, stuff that people could really use.
Saving the country from landfill overload
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From a member of Farnborough and Aldershot Freegle#2188
Great to have a good clear-out and know that most of my "junk" is going to be someone's recycled/upcycled treasures. It's always interesting to hear what folks are going to do with them