Tuesday, 3 June 2014

New to me and free!

I love getting free stuff. No, I'm not talking about through blogging (though that's good too!) I mean acquiring stuff that other people would otherwise put in the bin or dump at the tip.

Let me give you an example. At church on Sunday a lovely lady came up to me after the service and said she'd heard I was having trouble with my oven- despite being repaired you still need to jam a knife in the back of it to get the fan to work which is neither convenient or particularly safe I feel.

deadly oven
She told me she was having a new kitchen fitted this week and would be getting rid of her 5 or 6 year old oven. Did I want it? I figured a working 5 year old oven was better than my "electrocution waiting to happen" model so said "yes please".

free table
I don't know about you but my oven almost has sentient life of its own. Dripping pizzas, sloshed yorkshire pudding mix, dropped oven chips and a lack of time or energy to clean the flipping thing mean it lurks rather than sits in its housing.

But this lady's oven looked brand new. I mean seriously I could see the gleaming racks through the sparkling door! And it's a great brand too! I was delighted. So delighted I asked if I could take her hob too. Which she happily agreed to as she was going to dump them both.

Our "new" conservatory being dismantled from
its original home.

In the past I have picked up a gorgeous vintage-y dining table from Freecycle, many many clothes and shoes for my children, A two-storey wooden playhouse, bikes, 2 cars (honestly - real working cars!) a three piece suite, a wooden conservatory and a carpet. To name but a few.

I think I get offered stuff because I make it well known in our community that people should check with me before dumping stuff.  Or people put two and two together (much as we did to make 7 children ) and figure, rightly, with that many kids there can't be much sore money flying around.

Anyway they know that if I can't use it I'll do my best to find someone who can through church or school. It's environmentally friendly and cost efficient.

free bike
At the moment I'm on the scrounge for bricks so my husband can build the low wall for our conservatory. I'm delighted at the thought if having more space in our cramped home, my friend was delighted to be able to help us out and the widow of the man who originally built the conservatory actually stopped me in the street to tell me how pleased she was that someone else would be getting use from her husband's craftsmanship.

So if you need something, don't be afraid to ask. Make use of social networks, Free sites like Freegle and Freecycle, your blog, notice boards in supermarkets and little shops - someone out there might just be glad to give away something you really need.

And can I take this opportunity to thank the people who have given me free stuff in the past - it really is very much appreciated!
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10 comments:

  1. Amazing! I'm envious of all your preloved freebies. I hate waste & love the idea of other people using something that would of otherwise be dumped. :) Off I go to search online for some deals xx

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    1. Good luck! I've been offered some bricks already from this blog post - be bold!

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  2. Oh wow! That's great....
    A couple of years ago we got a nearly brand new leather sofa....My friends, friends nanna had bought it and gone into a care home shortly after....We were so grateful! It may not have been new but it was new to us :) x

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    1. I love my pre-loved three piece suite. Sometimes these things come just at the right time when you can;t see how you will afford to buy something you need don't they?

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  3. It works both ways. We sold a bicycle on Gumtree and when the man came to collect it I had to move my knackered old bike (broken gears, brakes, punctures) out of the way. I mentioned I hadn't got around to taking it to the tip yet and he said he'd take it off my hands. I actually felt a little guilty as I'm sure it would cost more to repair than it cost me to buy 15 years ago but he was adamant he'd be able to do it. Saved me a trip to the tip so I was happy! #pocolor

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  4. Love this! Recycling at its best. I've been after a wendy house for ages but nothing as yet. Thinking about a freecycle bike to do up too! #PoCoLo

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  5. Wow thats so nice! Recycling! I love that people find ways not to throw things that are perfectly still perfect (just look at that table)! People here gives me and my son their old clothes which is nice as I really dont have a budget for those =P #pocolo

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  6. Got to love free things and good for the environment too. I got a lovely pink wardrobe for my daughters bedroom off free cycle and a slide for the garden so it's definitely worth keeping an eye out. #pocolo

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  7. It's great to hear when Freecycle etc goes well. As a churchgoer as a kid, I often heard about Christian values, but rarely saw them in action, so it's also nice to read of a kind act from a church goer! Thanks for sharing. #PoCoLo

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  8. This is brilliant. I am a member of freecycle and there is also a site called Streetbank which lists people in your neighbourhood offering help and items for free. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo :) x

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