How strange can Freecycle get?
February 22, 2012, 7:52 pm
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I posted on Valentine’s Day about the person looking for ‘Unwanted’ Valentine’s Gifts on Freecycle and today I saw the strangest offer yet:

OFFER: Beautiful dress made of condoms (Davigdor Road, Hove)
I work at a HIV/AIDS charity. Our ED picked up this dress abroad. It is
made from 7,630 condoms which failed the quality control test! The
condoms are starting to deteriorate hence we’re getting rid of it. Would
be ideal for art students looking for creative ideas! I can e-mail
pictures to those interested. Mannequin not included. Collector will
need to come weekday between 9-5.

Anyone interested?


Unwanted Valentine’s gifts and fridge shelves
February 14, 2012, 11:16 pm
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So I’m back from my Sri Lanka trip and failed to blog while away as internet was sparse there.  I will write about my travels in due course, alongside applying for jobs, getting used to new Twitter and adjusting to the cold.  (Note to self – take a coat to the airport next time as two jumpers and plimsolls do not keep you warm when you return to cold England.)

In the mean time, I wish to share something topical that caught my eye on a Freecycle digest e-mail today.

For those of you who don’t know, Freecycle is a site that people use to ‘recycle’ their unwanted items, and appeal for anything they might need, for free.  It’s regional and I ‘subscribe’ to Brighton and Canterbury groups.

I hardly use it in practise, but I read through the e-mail digests each day in the hope someone is giving away a winning lottery ticket, or maybe even offering the lead to a story idea.

Today I saw this:

WANTED: any romantic pressies/unwanted valentines gifts (Telscombe Cliffs/Peacehaven)
Hi,am looking for anything romantic as its vvalentines day and. I dont
get paid to get my partner anything til weekend

Wow.  I don’t even know where to begin.

First of all, how many people is this dude trying to upset?  His lucky lady is set to receive something he didn’t even choose and something ‘unwanted’.  Is he trying to cause problems in other relationships by encouraging others to mark their gifts as ‘unwanted’ and toss them away to a stranger?

Also, how many gifts does he want?  I think I might be on to this guy, does he just want the gifts for himself? Maybe he’s going to set up a stall or an e-bay shop.

AND why can’t he just wait for the weekend and get his woman something then?  Surely she’s the type who will understand the circumstances if she’s the sort of bird who will settle for a second-hand valentine’s gift.

A bit of advice for this guy (who I have refrained from naming):

1) Try a skip, or a bin behind a charity shop if you’re after ‘unwanted’

2) Try a charity shop

3) Tomorrow all the supermarkets and department stores will cut their Valentine’s gifts to half price.  By the weekend when you get paid you’ll probably get something for 10p in a bargain box somewhere, if you rummage hard enough.  You can buy 10 gifts to make up for lateness.

4) Today if you go to a 24-hour supermarket, there will probably be some reduced flowers or even a reduced birthday cake, if you’re lucky.  Better still, you could always cut some stems from your garden, or your neighbour’s.

5) Google is there to be utilised.  Be creative.  There are thousands of sites dedicated to ‘Make your own’ gifts.  It’s far more thoughtful (and FREE).

6) You don’t even need Google.  Use your imagination – make a card, a cake, a mixtape.  Maybe you could check out if you have any leftover ‘unwanted’ Christmas gifts.

7) Plan in advance, stock up on ‘romantic gifts’ at the weekend and save them for next year.  You’ll probably have a different girlfriend anyway, if any.

8) Screw Valentine’s.  If you don’t have any money, then don’t bother – it’s all commercial anyway.

Maybe, I will e-mail him my advice and blog.  It would be interesting to see if he got any responses.

Further down the e-mail I was also amused to see this ad:

WANTED: 2-3 fridge shelves (Lewes RD)
Hi, by accident I broke the shelves of the fridge and I need some to
replace then, so if someone has an old fridge and you are
planningplanning to through it away, please let me know and I will be
happy to collect the shelves. The dimensions are 18″ by 12″.Thank you!!

It’s a bit of a teaser isn’t it? Before I even consider helping this guy, I would want to know the exact circumstances of this situation.  What did he do to this fridge?

I might get in touch as well and see if he got the precise dimensions he required.

Right that’s it from me, for today.

Happy Valentine’s Day one and all.