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dissertating mom to three
I had the very annoying experience of trying twice (more than a year apart) to join freecycle in my previous city of residence and being denied both times for not following the instructions (though I did follow them exactly!) I was joining to try and get rid of stuff... ended up listing free on craigslist which worked just fine. I was able to give away a big box of 35mm motion picture film short-ends and a TON of partly used art supplies (to an art teacher! that one made us really happy)... exactly the sort of thing that you are talking about too-- valuable only to someone who wants to use them.
I belonged to my local Freecycle for a year, but it was just a pain. People wouldn't come when they said they would (I live in a gated community, so I had to be home in order for them to pick up), people would complain about things (it's free, for heaven's sake!), and my particular list had so many spammers or people asking for inappropriate things (big screen TVs, nice furniture, nice baby items, etc). Not all of my experiences were negative however. I think it's good in theory, but the particular list makes or breaks it, I think. I have a thrift store donation center nearby that has a drive-thru, so I use that now.
A doula who married a cop & became a mama to 3 boys: G 12/22/00, my rainbow baby B 2/2/07 and L 2/10/10 my CBA2V baby, waiting for my little caboose late February 2013 & always remembering my two angels 2006 & 2012.
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