Stop the Madness

Just when I was about to drop Freecycle I actually responded to something and got a response back. I went and picked up some baking items that I had thought about but wouldn't buy. This was right before one of my friends expressed her excitement over an item she got for her son through Freecycle. Obviously, I need to join her Freecycle group because mine sucks. [or is it my email server? Could be both]

Why did I join initially? After hearing from friends and acquaintances about the toys and items they got from Freecycle, I was hoping a couple things would pop up for Harrison. I figured it couldn't hurt. I admit, even with constant misses because it seems I'm always last to respond, I'm still hoping to get a little bike for Harrison. We gave away the 10" bike that Big Brother had only about a year before Harrison was conceived. Had we only known...

Since joining I have found that my mailbox is flooded by the same Freecyclers week after week. What do these people do? Collect junk from trash cans and list it on Freecycle? Seriously, I understand the saying "one person's junk is another person's treasure" but the regular offenders [as I call them] take it to a new level. We're talking things like flower vases from delivered floral arrangements, or partial used jars of shampoo. No joke. But like I said - treasure to someone.

All I want is a child's bike... Maybe one day I'll have the luck of the Irish. After all, I am Irish. Throw me a bone, here!

What it all boils down to is that I am not at my computer all day waiting for the perfect item to land in my mailbox and obviously, there are many others who are waiting at their computers with bated breath. Once in a while something will pop up during the time I'm checking emails, I'll think hey I could really use that, but I don't hear back from the person only to find out that it was gone immediately. I know there are 600+ members - but they are all online that often? Luckily, there hasn't been a child's bike listed in the waves of Freecycle offers that will often pour in at once.So is this a delay in my mail system?



I didn't know there was such a need out there for used pill dispensers and toilets seats. True Story.


Speaking of Irish...
Slán go fóill!

4 comments:

Brittany said...

I love our freecycle, around here. There are MANY times I don't get what I ask, but there are times I have gotten somethings! Keep at it! Don't give up!

Christina said...

I have mixed feelings about Freecycle, too. I have given a lot away through it, but am oftern frustrated by no-shows. I never ask for anything, as that never gets a responce. And I only respond if I'm sitting here on the computer when an offer comes through. But we have gotten some great stuff - lots of clothes for N, some toys...and a bike, last week, for her birthday. ;o)

Trannyhead said...

I, too, have had mixed experiences with Freecycle. I'll have some piece of crap and somebody wants it but when I tried to give away a really nice piece of furniture nobody wanted it. People are weird.

Jen Graham said...

You can post a want add to increase your chance of finding Harrison a bike. Alton is still loving his kitchen and sand box....

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