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Using Freecycle

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Freecycle is a great internet network of people who post items that they wish to give away or things that they are looking for. It is one manifestation of the environmental concept of reduce, reuse, and recycle. Giving away or getting for free, either way less goes into the landfill, a win all around. This is a guide about using Freecycle.


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April 16, 20106 found this helpful

We have 3 kids; a 5 year old son and 8 month old twins. We use to help us pass on items we don't need anymore to prevent them from going into landfills and we use this group to obtain items such as clothing, furniture, toys, household items, etc. We save money and we are also helping the earth. is a group which uses yahoo groups to post. There are times where you don't get the item you need, but you can also post a want post on the group page. Make sure you read the rules and etiquette on your freecyle group to avoid any problems such as posts not getting posted.

By Crystal from New Jersey

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January 26, 2011

Enormous medical expenses have me in the red now. That and being unable to work at all have contributed to the red hemorrhage. I am a major devotee of Freecycle. In the last month I have given away household linens, food, and books, and have been given stickers for a pots and pans promo at Albertson's (bought a much needed pot for 1 cent with these), brand new hiking boots, and a gorgeous plant stand that will use some craft skills to create an interesting place to display my numerous houseplants.


Amazing what people NEED and what people give away.!

By Linda from Vista, CA

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August 3, 2009

I am always happy to hear about the many thrifty people on this site who are finding deals on used appliances and household needs, but I am dismayed that not everyone seems to be aware that there is an option for getting used appliances and other stuff for free by checking for a FreeCycle group in your area.

FreeCycle is a non-profit, web-based organization where people post things to give away or request things they need. You are not allowed to sell anything on the site, it really is just about reducing, re-using, and recycling. That is keeping stuff out of landfills and trying to keep the earth intact for our children. This is their link:


I strongly encourage you to see if there is a FreeCycle group in your area. If there isn't, consider starting one!

By tahlula from Northfield, MN

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December 12, 2017

I have been a member of Freecycle for a long time. Freecycle is an organization that keeps usable items out of the landfill by giving them to other members. I have both given and received many items.

Yesterday, one of the members suggested that we donate any unused makeup and toiletry items to women who are getting ready to re-enter the work force. Samples were also accepted.


I think this is a wonderful opportunity to show the true meaning of the holiday season.

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October 27, 20040 found this helpful

Have things in your house to get rid of? Need items? Have you tried It is a website all over the US where people are giving stuff away, just have to pick it up.

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August 1, 2017

With so many ThriftyFun members being Freecycle members as well, I hope someone can answer this question.

In the past I have had questions for the local Freecycle moderator, none were answered. Recently, I submitted a post asking for old telephone books, July 18. It is still 'awaiting mod approval'. I sent an email to the moderator to ask if something was wrong. I've never gotten a reply.


Then I submitted another very similar post, July 28. It too is 'awaiting mod approval'.

I would like to contact the home office or head moderator to ask them if there is a problem. I cannot find any way to contact anyone other than the local moderator.

Does anyone know how?


August 1, 20170 found this helpful

I am a moderator and have begged for help in my group. No one has stepped up to help. As a result, if I am on vacation or sick or when I had surgery, it sat for over a month. It could be the same situation with your group. Go to  ks_%26_Resources and look under member resource.

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

I assume your moderator is away for some reason. In the meantime, there are Facebook groups that perform the same function. Try to find one of those or try Craigslist.

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

When I first joined Freecycle, over two years ago, I saw some things offered that I would like to have. However, by the time the items were posted, they were already taken. At the time, I did not know you could go to the site before new posts were published and ask for the items.


I wrote the moderator asking how they were posted and taken in the same publishing. I never got an answer. That was over two years ago. Neither have any of my questions since been answered. If she/ he's been away that long, it's too long.

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks for the link!

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

Freecycle is in need of moderators. It is all done for free. You probably aren't getting an answer because there is no one in your area to answer it. I would go to the site( see if there is a national email or number you can call. I didn't see one. You might also put up a note on the Facebook Freecycle profile and see if you can get some feedback that way.

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August 3, 20170 found this helpful

Actually - I think I do. I have contacted someone before and they answered within 24 hours.
You can try this email but I think it may be best just to say you are having problems and not give any other information until they contact you. I remember that I used another email address rather than the one listed on freecycle. I'm not sure all that is necessary but I got the information I wanted.

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August 5, 20170 found this helpful

I followed your link and sent an email explaining my problem. I immediately got a rubber stamp reply with tips on how to access my account in the event I was having trouble doing so. The reply was of no use to me, at all.

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January 26, 20110 found this helpful

With Earth Day here I wanted to remind you of It's a wonderful grass roots movement that is a great way to unclutter your home of unused items and a way to pay it forward by offering it to your local neighbors so they might use it.

By Debby from Springtown, TX

Editor's Note: Please do not post your Freecycle ads here. You should go directly to and post them there so the appropriate people will see them. We would love to hear feedback about how Freecycle has worked for you, good or bad.


Remember Freecycle

It is a great place to go for asking for clothing for needy people, for instance after a fire. I just got a ferret cage from freecycle. It is a great place. You just ask for what you need and if someone has it they offer to give it to you. I have even seen cars given away. Robyn (04/22/2009)

By Robyn Fed

Remember Freecycle

They overloaded my mail box with e-mails! Could not unsubscribe from them and finally had to close out the e-mail account and get another address. Learned my lesson! No more Freecycle for me! (04/23/2009)

By Linda

Remember Freecycle

I LOVE Freecycle. I have been a member for five years and can't begin to tell you how much "stuff" I have gotten and given! Not only do I keep my footprint small on the earth but I have saved tons of money. Furniture, sewing goods, books, clothes, you name it, sooner or later it shows up on Freecycle. Sign up and do yourself and your community a favor. (04/23/2009)

By jeanne b daniels

Remember Freecycle

I personally love Freecycle. They do send a lot of email but I have it go directly to a special folder. I have both gotten things and given away things and its always been a great experience. (04/23/2009)

By Angela

Remember Freecycle

For the person who couldnt unsubscribe, its easy to unsub from a yahoo group. Just click edit membership, then click leave group. I am a moderator for our local freecycle. Its such a wonderful group. I have gotten a chair, mattresses and box springs, clothes, books, griddle, wok to name a few. I have also gotten rid of about twice as much as I have gotten. Its a good thing, lol. (04/23/2009)

By christi

Remember Freecycle

To FreeCycle you have to jump on offers for things you want like ducks on a June bug - and beware offering anything truly useful. I felt horrible that I only had one hamper of clothing to give when I started out because in the first 10 minutes, I had five requests. :P

I don't recommend asking for anything you desperately need, because it's rare to get such items, no matter what they are. If you need it that badly, try the thrift shops first. You also have to pretty much screen your own recipients with FreeCycle, which can be difficult. You should also prepare for disappointments like people not mentioning the "wonderful" item they're giving is broken, and dishonest FreeCyclers who ask for things, then sell them at the local swap meet.

I still maintain my membership, but only to monitor whether there's anything requested I can give. (04/23/2009)

By Lelia Jo Cordell

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August 3, 20090 found this helpful

This may seem like a "no-brainer" tip but I can't stress this enough! Anytime you need something LOOK ON Craigslist or Freecycle.

My boyfriend and I bought a house in Florida for almost half of what the previous owner paid (Thanks to our economy, unfortunately.) We both came from a rental property so we needed pretty much everything. He wanted a hot tub and started to purchase one retail but he checked Craigslist and found one for 1/4 of the price!

We have also bought all our stainless steel kitchen appliances for cheap off Craigslist. We found a roommate to help with the bills and I even bought Nutrisystem products for cheap off C.L. since I wanted to try it!

My point is that you need to break yourself of the "buying from store" frame of mind. I was a spend thrift until recently. Now I'm hooked on buying cheap.

By Sarah Wakely from Orlando, FL


Check Freecycle Before You Buy

We had a series of muggings in the next town over because people were conned into driving to a vacant house for an expensive item at a price that was too good to be true. Always go to pick things up with plenty of people! (04/14/2009)

By Holly

Check Freecycle Before You Buy

For those who aren't able to get what they want through Freecycling, I also advocate thrift shopping. DH and I found a much-needed pair of dining room chairs last winter for all of $3 each, and my Craftmatic bed, while imperfect, is more comfortable than my old bed and a steal at $75. Of course we donated my old bed to the St Vincent de Paul thrift store.

By Lelia Jo Cordell

Check Freecycle Before You Buy

I have offered and picked up many items via freecycle without a problem. Most freecyclers are honest about the state of the item they are posting. Most freecyclers in my area leave items on their outside porch/steps for easy pick up. (04/21/2009)

By Dorina

Check Freecycle Before You Buy

I have offered and picked up many items via freecycle without a problem. Most freecyclers are honest about the state of the item they are posting. Most freecyclers in my area leave items on their outside porch/steps for easy pick up. (04/21/2009)

By Dorina

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April 22, 20090 found this helpful

For the past year I have discovered the greatest thing! It's called Freecycle.

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April 14, 20090 found this helpful

Check Freecycle Before You Buy. One of my new favorite things I am getting into is my local freecycle group. I love it.

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August 14, 20070 found this helpful

Do you have stuff you want to give away or is there things you need here is a website where everything is FREE, you can give your stuff away or ask for donations of things you need.

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