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...
One mans "stuff" is another mans gold!
From a member of Gosport Freegle#937
Over the years we always collect "stuff" - some useful, some consigned to the back of a cupboard. I have moved house 5 times in the last 15 years and every time my "stuff" goes in moving boxes. The other day I had a stocktake of "stuff" and found things in boxes from the first move 15 years ago. All great quality and obviously of no immediate use to me.
Thats where Freegle comes to the rescue to let someone else benefit and enjoy from my unwanted stuff
In a culture that is geared towards greed, acquisition and dissatisfaction, freegle shines counter culturally
From a member of Canterbury Freegle#943
I have probably given and received about equally over the few years that I've been a freegler. It gives a wonderful sense of satisfaction to subvert society's normal expectations by being part of something that is generous, free and about community not Individualism. The things I have given and taken have occasionally been financially valuable, occasionally not; but their real value is always that somebody wants them and somebody else is sharing. I love that.
From a member of Sevenoaks Freegle#940
I've been freegling for a few years now and always feel happy when I know that things will be useful to someone else. Lots of furniture and cases I advertise is usually in great condition and I'm loathed to chuck it as I've loved it for years but the time comes when you have to update and move on. I've met a lot of people who have collected from me and love to see their faces light up when they see that it's in good condition and not rubbish. I have to admit that I'm usually sad to see the items go. Sometimes you have so many people wanting things that it's hard to choose who to contact. Occasionally, you get no response so you give them a time frame and then move to the next person. At least the Recycling Centre isn't being clogged up!
SAVING DISPOSAL COST, HASSLE AND POLLUTION
From a member of Oxford Freegle#857
When something superflous is annoyingly taking up space at home, and can't be sold, you need to get rid of it. But you don't want to lug it down to the recycling centre or pay someone good money to do that for you. Neither do you want to create more landfill. offfering it to Freeglers is usually the best alternative.
Why throw things away when others can use them.
From a member of Scarborough and Whitby Freegle#934
I remember a number of years ago,something I will never forget.....
A man who had come from Africa seeing a lot of things being thrown away at a place I worked at.... His words have never left me ... why do people here throw so much away why don't they give them to my people in Africa.
I was lost for words and although obviously these things are not going to Africa but at least someone is making use of them and this has become very important to me. I hate wastage so much can be done with the simplest of things. Many people who do crafts use materials which would otherwise have been thrown away.
It feels good too to know that something is going to be given a second chance.
Your rubbish is someones treasure
From a member of Wilmslow Freegle#860
We all have things we outgrow, do not need anymore .... and think " lets tip it"! But I have seen so many happy and grateful faces when they come to pick up my rubbish. It makes you feel good as you are saving the planet and making someone's day.
I have also been one of those who get the pleasure of reusing other's rubbish. I have a lovely table in my conservatory, and my school have benefited from goal posts, tennis balls, pool table and a roll of hessian, which has been used in many craft projects.
I even freegle for others. My sister and my father have wanted to get rid of stuff to the tip and I have freegled it on their nearby groups. One couple were in tears as they collected a shed for their allotment. They could not believe it was free as they had been looking on sites that sold used goods. Hopefully my sister's hutch will find a good home soon. Keep up the good work!
just back to Freegling after moving house and already my item taken.
From a member of Penzance Freegle#872
I hate wasting things because I no longer need it butstill in good condition.
I Freegled lots of things as I downsized and now they are re loved,especially children's craft items bringing joy, encouraging a lifelong interest in making things and showing fun outside I.T.
I don't need it but it can still be usefull
From a member of Fareham Freegle#863
I freegle because we have been hard up in the past and been very glad of people helping us out with stuff that is still usefull. Just because we don't need something doesn't mean it has no use. I am only to happy for somebody else to get some use out of it. On the flip side I have taken a couple of things that have been very usefull to me. If everybody helped one another out a bit more often the world might be a better place and the earths resourses may stretch a little bit further.
Freegle helps Downsizing
From a member of Durham Freegle#913
I want to move from my three bed roomed semi to a one bed room flat since loosing my wife. There are a lot of usable things we accumulated over forty years, so I use Freegle to give them a new home.
Loving your neighbour
From a member of Leamington Spa / Warwick Freegle#791
It's all about passing on to someone else something you no longer need and avoiding the awful practice of dumping. It's about helping one another and Freegle is an excellent example of enabling that. I have used it a lot and even more so now I am moving home
What you offer may be just what someone else is wanting!
From a member of Waltham Forest Freegle#775
I'm often surprised at reading what people want or are offering, but, it may be that you are wanting half a tin of white paint or an odd table to up cycle. I've been a Freegle member for some years now , I've not taken much , unless I really need it , and it can be collected by public transport, but have offered lots of items from books to birdseed and packs of incontinence pads!
Yesterday, I offered a table and an armchair and these were taken within 24 hours. It's an excellent way of moving stuff around the locality and saving it from going to the tip!
I've met some very nice people, and some that just take without having a chat about what they are going to do with it, but it clears out my unwanted things , on the whole people are pleasant and polite, so there it is.
OAP,S never been so busy !been a member of Freegle for several years now
From a member of Wakefield Freegle#778
I have been a member for several years now and have donated a lot of items including a Pallett table upcycled furniture to clothes baby items and all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff.I have also picked up lots of items too,it amazes me how many people are willing to donate and give their time aswell.I have not only had items given to me but the person delivered the item to my house.Husband and me now retired and upto now we have helped Four families who were going through a bit of a rough patch for different reasons,we apply for items on Freegle that they desperately need it may be baby items for a young mother to an old person in need of a TVs,we bid hopefully get the item then deliver.The only downside to this is sometimes our car is not big enough!Thank you everyone for been so kind in helping us to get items for others. Happy freegling
We hate waste!
From a member of Milton Keynes Freegle#820
Mostly I give things away after a clear out, most recently I have been clearing my mums house and kept an eye on the 'wanted' lists to see what I could offer - surprisingly things I would not have offered were wanted - so got a new home. I recently gave away her microwave to a young lady setting up home for the first time, then went on to give her some of the other items too (chest of drawers, cooking utensils, lasagne dish...) - saves a trip to the charity shop and for big items it is easier to get rid as they are collected. Sometimes annoying when you offer an item and then the person doesn't get back to you til the next day - well how badly do they need it - I often then just offer to someone else who can collect quickly. I only offer to polite requests, surprising how blunt some people can be! They are not the majority thankfully...
From a member of Anglesey Freegle#817
When we were married, over 40 years ago, the service and reception were recorded on a portable cassette recorder. I then transferred it to a reel to reel tape, using a Grundig TK 14. Some time later I gave the Grundig to my brother in law, as he was interested in sound recording (and went on to join the BBC).
Recently, I rediscovered the tapes, but the Grundig was long gone. I then thought I'd ask on Freegle for a reel to reel machine so we could listen to the tapes again.
A kind soul said he had something and I went to collect it. It turned out to be a Grundig TK14!
I will transfer everything to cd and then offer the Grundig on Freegle!
After various clear outs I have been pleased to rehome quite a bit of stuff, so it works both ways!
To save waste and to help others.
From a member of Aberdeen Freegle#803
I have given away things that seem as though they couldn't be used. Like a collection of ends of a variety of wallpapers. The man was going to use them as underpaper and paint on top. I have got things for a hard up newly married person who couldn't afford to furnish flat. I got them almost new three piece suite that had lost its smoke retardent labels from person emigrating. I have rescued desk from neighbour who was throwing it away and it went to student from U.S.A. studying at university and he and pregnant wife were in scantily furnished flat.
From a member of Malvern-Hills-Freegle#794
I like to freegle to pass on items that can still be used and could help others. Also it stops items going into land fill. I also use it if I am in need of an item.
bits of old metal and farm-fresh eggs
From a member of Hastings Freegle#788
My young daughter's homework was "make a sculpture of some kind out of pieces of metal" to represent some kind of creature or friend of the Iron Man or something. I had no idea what to do. I had a bright idea: ask on freegle! I put: "WANTED: small pieces of anything metal". I got a response that someone had some springs and some chicken wire. Great I thought. I went round, and the springs and chicken wire were absolutely perfect; I glanced out into the garden and said "Oh you've got chickens?" and they said "Yes, want some eggs?" So I took home exactly what I needed as well as 6 fresh-laid eggs, and my daughter's big brother and his friend helped her fashion a beautiful fox which, years later, is still a proud possession on display
When was the last time I used that?
From a member of Lancaster Morecambe Freegle#787
When you no longer have any use for something, what do you do? Well some people cannot abide the idea of giving it away; they will sell something for tuppence rather than do that. I'd go so far as to say there are those who would rather destroy it than see someone else make use of it.
There are limits, of course; I mean you wouldn't give away your car just because you want a newer model (well, maybe there are circumstances where you would!), but I'd say that in the main, Freeglers are quite happy to give something away...both to help someone else, (and even to feel good about it).. and to avoid the hassle of adverising it for sale and then getting some pain-in-the **** who wants to haggle about it.
Just Freegle it. It's easy. And you wonder why you didn't do it sooner.
Making our jobs easier as volunteers.
From a member of Torfaen Freegle#784
I've been a member on a personal basis for a number of years - and have given away desks, chairs, pictures, craft items and a petrol lawnmower. I've also received chairs, stools, tables, and other items. I've helped others set up home by collecting items for them and passing on televisions, stands, crockery to younger family members setting up their first homes.
In November last year, my partner and I joined the local school PTA. It operates as a charity - and as we all know, money is very tight in education these days.
We have held various fund raising events - and Freegle has helped with members generously donating books for the school library, Christmas decorations for the Ffair Nadolig in December and most recently, tea-trolleys we can use for storing and transporting our heavy trays of mugs and cans, etc, around the school.
At the Christmas Fair, the children had a lot of fun using props provided by one lady following a gangster themed wedding. She was even kind enough to deliver them to my home from around 7 or 8 miles away. We were able to keep in touch and I sent her some of the photo's so she knows the props we're well used. We've also acknowledged the donors on our website.
It's a great feeling when someone receives something you were no longer keen on, like a picture you've tired of, or maybe you've had a change in family size and you have too much furniture or not enough. To be able to give something freely or receive something for nothing is a wonderful thing. It doesn't just help the environment, it's a good boost to your spirits too!
And I know it's not just me that feels this way - because so many of the people I've met have been so happy that their items are going to a good cause - I've received items from physiotherapists, retired librarians, churches, local charities, even an old school friends Mum - and I thank them all on behalf of the PTA of Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw.