Lavender hair dye, a batch of carrier bags and a slightly broken Hammond organ are some of the unusual things currently listed on Freecycle in Bath.
If you’re not aware of the website, it’s a non-profit organisation where people can post their unwanted items for free.
You can get a great bargain, like a three-piece Harrods suite, and it helps stop more reusable items ending up in landfills.
So, here’s a list of some of the strangest, quirkiest things being listed right now.
For people at home, curb alerts and “free stuff” message boards offer an abundance of materials for a range of projects. Sites such as Craigslist, Facebook, Freecycle and the newspaper provide a space for people to offer free items to those who may want it. Free lumber, glass, bricks and other leftover or old materials are available within a short distance of where you sit now.
The site is inviting guest to do more than just chuck their unwanted holiday accessories. They want anything unwanted that can be used again to be left at designated areas around their site. This way they can be reused by other guests instead of taking up at dump sites and landfills across the country.
The freecycling scheme was introduced in the 2017 summer season and there has been a great following for the idea. The things that have been left behind are all you need for a great day at the beach. Buckets and spades, beach balls, rubber rings and many other items have been left for the enjoyment any and everyone at the park.
They use waste wood and insulation offcuts from a nearby industrial estate, have vegetable beds made from “scrounged” materials and got a greenhouse through Freecycle, an online site where people give away unwanted goods to keep them out of landfill.
Until you discover Freecycle. What a greatbrilliant initiative. I know some people have reason to want to realise some cash for their unwanted goods, but many of us just want to get rid of them and find the process less painful because they are going where they are really wanted.
: If you want to make this kid mosaic project with a group of children, old-style CD cases are just the kind of thing that you could ask for on Freecycle or Facebook; loads of people have junk like that kicking around their houses because they don’t want to trash it. They’d LOVE to pass the responsibility on to you.
One devoted Freecycle user is on the hunt for a very specific person, as they search for a new home for a pair of slippers.
The ad, posted on ChelmsfordFreecycleUK, includes the headline: Wanted, Elderly Gentleman with Size 9 Feet, and is offering a pair of navy blue slippers to the first willing taker.
The full offer reads: “An odd request but I have a brand new pair of size 9 Marks & Spencer velcro fastening navy blue slippers and I would like to give them to someone locally who could really use them.
“I offered them to a local old people’s home but they weren’t interested so I would like to find someone who would use and appreciate them and maybe is a bit tight on funds.
“Genuine replies only please no traders etc.”
Here’s where people give the most away
Congratulations if you live in Southwark, Basingstoke or Newbury – you’re surrounded with some really generous people! According to our data, these are the top three areas when it comes to giving, with almost all Freecycle listings being offers of free stuff.
In London’s Southwark, nearly nine out of every 10 items mentioned were being given away. Milton Keynes saw around two-thirds of items on the listings website offered free to a good home.
Hungry? You need to get on Hackney Freecycle quick-sharp and respond to yesterday’s incredible advert where some kind folks in E5 announced they are giving away 200 bananas after their ‘banana crazy housemate’ went on holiday.
We’ve got so many questions about this: does this person really get through 200 bananas a week ? Do they buy them wholesale? How do they eat them all? Have they ever had potassium poisoning? Where do they store them? Do they have to be Fairtrade? What are they doing in Hungary?!
We don’t have the answers but we might pick up some to make a banana bread loaf, or 12.