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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...

  • The joy is in the giving   Love this

    From a member of Frome Freegle#4855
    I had never heard of Freegle before and either tried to sell stuff or, mostly, take it to the tip, sorry, Civic Amenity Re-Cycling Centre - which is another really cool place providing therapy as well as an easily accessible depository for things no longer wanted. Freegle is brilliant! I have just moved house and probably like so many others in similar circumstances took too much stuff with me. Now, I am offloading freely so I gain hugely but the idea of giving things away to somebody else who can make good use is a wonderful feeling. The system is free, of course, efficient and actually very courteous. I like the engagement with other people either just in the text or when they arrive to pick up. I have given away bookcases, a kitchen trolley, garden compost bins and even a greenhouse. With the latter I had an extremely enjoyable time with the recipient dismantling it over four very pleasant hours. What's not to like?>
  • Anything is useful to somebody.   Love this

    From a member of Leamington Spa / Warwick Freegle#4854
    I've been freegle ing for a couple of years now. Both giving and receiving. Recently gave away my lovely old blue and white striped sofa after 30 years to make way for two new ones, the recipient was so thrilled to have it that it makes it worthwhile knowing it will give somebody else pleasure. Other things have been off cuts of furnishing fabric, odd balls of knitting yarn, surplus kefir grains, garden plants, blocking mat and pins for knitting and a pair of nearly new blackout curtains. I've gratefully received various baking tools, sky box and a set of oil paints but still waiting for a wooden changing table with under shelf to convert to a potting table. I live in hope. I've met many lovely people and travelled a few miles to collect my treasures.>
  • Helping the environment   Love this

    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.>
  • No waste.   Love this

    From a member of Ipswich Recycle#4848
    I had several unwanted cans of paint and someone suggested a local recycling group. Having posted the paint on Freegle I was amazed to receive 12 replies from similarly minded 'waste-haters'. Since then I have been able to pass on several other unwanted items. These are things which someone else can use but are unsuitable for a charity shop. I shall continue to recycle on a regular basis Gary Plank>
  • Dried petals get a new life   Love this

    From a member of Stroud Freegle#4845
    I tried loads of flower petals this summer to be used at my nephew's wedding this weekend...but they were surplus to requirements. I couldn't bear to throw them away so I freegled them. They have now gone to decorate an 80 year old's celebration dinner table (she loves roses) and two bags to a teacher at a forest school...I wonder what the children will make with them! I'm so thrilled they are going to be used a d appreciated by so many people.>
  • I HATE waste! Proud to repair or find it a new home...   Love this

    From a member of Welshpool, Newtown and Montgomery Freegle#4843
    I have always been a bit of an electrical hoarder...... and as a PC repair & electrical repair business from home I always 'aim' to repair or keep 'just in case' its needed somewhere down the line. One persons rubbish is another persons gold! Thanks to the internet and groups like this, those items you keep then get in the way so you instinctively throw our in a moment of madness can find its way to a new home and back in use! Its a great feeling to know its not just going to land in the bin and a landfill. some second hand shops will NOT accept electrical goods due to safety laws...so this group IS great for such items! I recently went through (and actually still ongoing) a crazy clean out but already found homes for electrical items I would have just 'hesitantly' thrown! Thanks guys! :)
  • Environmentally sound - and good fun too.   Love this

    From a member of Colchester Freegle#4842
    Like most people I have hoarded things over the years just in case they came in handy. I am now thinking about retirement and moving to a (much) smaller house and so all the places that I have used to stash my stuff have to be emptied out and I have given myself a leisurely 5 years to do it. Things are going well so far and I am very happy that others will be able to enjoy the things that I chose so enthusiastically as new, but eventually consigned to the cupboards. I have also got a bad habit of buying things that I quickly change my mind about and it makes me feel less guilty when I know someone else is getting the use out of them. I am now living with the idea that I should not buy new unless I really need something (and freegle and the charity shops cannot supply it) and I feel so much better about my effect on the environment. Now we just have to get manufacturers to make goods far less disposable! I talk to all my friends about freegling and how much fun it is. Today I gave away a carpet and 3 sets of curtains and I hope the receiving freeglers enjoy their 'new' stuff. >
  • bless others and you will be blessed   3 love this

    From a member of Rhondda Cynon Taf Freegle#4734
    The way today’s society are into fast technology, everything fast and now. People are throwing some really good stuff away, not realising that they could bless others. That’s where freegle comes in, you guys who run this site and donate are a blessing others who in turn will bless another. I call it blessed because 1 persons trash is another persons treasures, and love is what makes the world go around. >
  • Perfect for hoarders!   2 love this

    From a member of Luton Freegle#4732
    I'm a bit of a hoarder - not like you see on the telly, but I keep stuff 'just in case' and believe if I get rid of it, I will suddenly need it after 10 years of not needing it! Freegle encourages me to get rid of stuff, knowing someone out there can actually use it instead of storing it. Especially when I see a 'wanted' post and think, "I have one of those!". It makes you feel good!>
  • My first choice for recycling!   1 loves this

    From a member of Penrith and Eden District Freegle#3375
    I've used Freegle for a number of years now, but it really came into its own when we found out we had to move house. As we are downsizing we have had to get rid of a lot of stuff - we thought about the tip but then decided to Freegle instead and I am so happy we have. A garden table and chairs and a gas bbq, both just needed a good clean. A kennel which we couldn't take to the new place. A couple of other things we found in the loft and hadn't used for years. It is so nice to think other people will get use out of stuff we no longer could! Thank you!>
  • Making space for a refugee   Love this

    From a member of Tameside Freegle#3095
    Our most recent freegling was to clear our spare bedroom so we can volunteer with Refugees at Home. >
  • Helping others   1 loves this

    From a member of Northampton Freegle#1701
    I prefer to help others by offering surplus to requirements goods. So often it is hard to survive on lower wages,we have all been there,so it makes sense to give others a helping hand when we have been so fortunate and have surplus,you never know when you might need help in the future! I encourage my whole family to do it and share their excesses- it feels good to be appreciated, in other ways than money and generally people are so thankful for little helpful gestures.>
  • LOVE FREEGLE!   Love this

    From a member of Medway Freegle (Chatham, Gillingham, Strood & Walderslade)#4834
    I've been on and off of freegling for years - before it became Freegle even! It's a great way to re-home/re-use 'stuff' you don't want or use any more - even if you think you do - which is why many others like me end up with 'stuff'! lol ... Your 'rubbish' is someone else's 'must have/needful'! ...You'd be surprised how many unwanted 'things' can be useful to and re-used by someone else... This time round I'm clearing the loft for works to be done ... and how much 'stuff'' I've got is no-one's business! ...Hubby's been telling me for years but I didn't want to hear it from him - I live in a 'just in case' world - but I hate to admit he was and is right!...I can't see me putting half and much 'stuff' back in the loft onces it's been done... and I don't want to1!...So freegling is a good way to appease my conscience that my 'stuff' and 'things' won't go to waste or end up at the tip - that someone else will find my 'things' and 'stuff' good homes! >
  • Add a vintage 3 piece suite and some fire retardant fabric, get a new suite!   Love this

    From a member of Derby Freegle#4290
    I've made a few friends from freegle, and introduced friends to freegle, I've given more than I have received and helped some people who really needed helping, which makes me feel great. I was gifted a 1920s or 30s 3 piece suite in tired condition, and some fabric from someone else which was fire retardant, and suited the suite perfectly. An upholsterer took both away, added a little coordinating fabric into the mix and voila! We had a new period suite for our 30s home! Compact and bijou!>
  • A very positive experience!   Love this

    From a member of Derby Freegle#4063
    I started freeging when I had 60 coat hangers that I couldn't recycle. Though tempting to bin them I found information about freeging. Since then I have been able to gift some caravan accessories, a tall boy, dog bed and garden chairs, in addition to the coat hangers. I was also able to donate bric a brac for a car boot sale raising money for charity. Having also taken stuff to the tip knowing it's only going to landfill, it's much more satisfying to think that things no longer needed by me are being used by someone else. I have yet to try for things I would like but I've not finished yet, so if you haven't tried it give it a go!>
  • delivery   2 love this

    From a member of Liverpool Recycle#2035
    being partialy sighted and unable to drive I have problems collecting stuff, I must thank those who have delivered for me, thank you so much.>
  • Tools With a Mission enable others to earn a living   1 loves this

    From a member of Penrith and Eden District Freegle#1237
    I work as a collector for the charity TWAM (www.twam.co.uk) They refurbish many sorts of tools & make them up into kits which are sent out to help craftsmen & women in mainly Africa to enable them to earn a living & support their family. They also send gents bicycles & sewing and knitting machines which save many women from their only other way of earning a living, selling themselves. When I offer to collect items I see on behalf of TWAM many generous folks are happy to pass on their often well loved items to us in the knowledge they will continue to be loved & valued by someone else. Thank you all so much.>
  • Best way to recycle!   Love this

    From a member of Brighton - GreenCycle Sussex#1936
    I regularly freegle stuff that is too good to just dump. In the past we received a TV, toys for our grand children, books, furniture etc. We have given away toys, books, TV's, etc. It makes the world go around! And keeps things out of landfills. It is also a fun way to get to know people in your area.>