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.
Anyone who received presents they didn’t want and can’t return, could consider organising a present swap with friends or relatives.
They could also be swapped or sold online at freecycle.co.uk and ebay.co.uk.
Unwanted presents could also be donated to a charity shop rather than just thrown out or put away, never to be used.
Have a clear out
We are all guilty of hoarding items that we no longer use and these can take up a lot of space in the home. Be honest with yourself and try to get rid of the items that you know you will never use again. You can give items you no longer need to charity or list them on websites such as Gumtree, eBay or websites such as Freecycle, where you can give away the item for free to those in need.
If you’re struggling to let go, the 12-12-12 challenge is a great way to motivate yourself – simply pick 12 items to throw away, 12 to donate and a further 12 to be returned to their home.
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.
Find it on Freecycle
If you’re after a new furniture head to Freecycle or Gumtree and sift through all of the adverts. Furniture is often free, or super cheap, to those willing to collect it. You never know, someone might be trying to get rid of the sofa of your dreams.
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.
It’s the same story in the final London-themed section, where a big interactive map on a screen highlights 25 worthy initiatives across the city, from Open Data Camden – a project to put 300 different datasets online, on everything from parking bays and planning applications to housing stock and road accidents – to Museum Freecycle in Kennington, a hub that allows museums to share unwanted items. The captions and photos that pop up on the screen will thankfully be augmented by real life discussions every Thursday, when each of the 25 groups will host a lunchtime event.
It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but there is a growing army of Cambridgeshire folk shunning the consumer frenzy that surrounds the festive season.
With UK advertisers spending an estimated £5.6 billion in the run-up to Christmas, Brits are whipped up into a buying bonanza – with many spending beyond their means.
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.
I admit to owning close to 100 pairs of shoes and that I could go for a couple of months of not doing laundry before I’d run out of clean underwear. I live in an age of super abundance, and it is this super abundance that helps organization like The Freecycle Network thrive and keeps Goodwill stores stocked with merchandise. (If you’ve never heard of Freecycle, it is a free member-organization where people post items they have extra of or would like to donate and others post what they need to see if anyone can fulfill that need. The objective is to keep stuff out of landfills.)