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What I thought were candle-making supplies were soap-making supplies. I offered them on freecycle last night and broke records in responses. This morning I went through several emails, offering the soap stuff to the first in line and saying sorry to the rest.

Freecycle has been a huge benefit to me. Not only have I been able to give away things to people who actually want them but I have obtained a few things that I love, like my pressure cooker. Not only that, but I have begun a few friendships and will likely be volunteering with a local wildlife protection group because I met a woman who nurses sick and abandoned baby animals. Here are some of her pictures:


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Aug. 27th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)
First, these are marvelous photographs.

Second, FreeCycle saved me during my house-selling days this summer! I managed to get rid of an entire shed full of furniture and all sorts of odds and ends, and didn't take a single trip to the dump! Plus I met many nice people who all wanted and could use my stuff!

Aug. 27th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
Aren't those great? What a treat. This woman takes lots of photos of the animals she helps mend. Just yesterday she had to deal with the death of a baby raccoon who went into a seizure and didn't come out. That just has to be so hard.

My daughters in las Vegas have had much less success with freecycle because people just flake! Don't show up. I suspect that happens because it is a big city and sometimes the travel time makes it not worth it, and then the anonymity means nobody is going to know who you were anyway, I guess. I suggested to my daughters that they find a freecycle group that is just for a corner of Las Vegas. I suspect they exist. Even where I live there are three or four separate groups because ours is a rural area so there is also travel involved.

But anyway! It's been just great. What a great resource. Things that I used to agonize over are no longer an issue, like bookcases and couches.

Nice to hear from you! I haven't been doing a great job of checking my friends' list lately.
Aug. 28th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
My sister Janice just tried to keep two baby kittens alive, and it was so hard on her when they both died--their mother was a feral cat who was either too scared or too young to know what to do, and Janice found them right after the birth--another had already died, and the mother ran off into the woods.

One night Janice stayed up all night feeding Pediasure to a kitten going into a coma--she gave it one drop every FIFTEEN MINUTES. She totally bonded with these little kittens, and was devastated when they died, but of course she made a heroic effort.

--Out of all the things I offered on FreeCycle, only one person failed to show, but as you say it was a group (very active) that was only for Oak Ridge and immediate area. That's the best way to make it work.

Great to hear from you, too--I sold my house and moved this summer, and writing on LJ was about all I had time for till lately!
Aug. 28th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
That's so sad about the kittens. It is hard to rescue little animals. It's good that some of us actually will take the chance.

I did know you sold your house, but I rushed by the posts I did see! It sounds like you are glad to be back where you are.
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