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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1290 on: July 08, 2014, 03:09:48 AM »
I saw someone who always posts looking for Beanie Babies- the same post appears every 10 days. So I thought maybe the poster was trying to get them to give to soldiers, or the police, or for charity groups. I did a quick google of their contact info before I reached out to them, and I am glad I did. The poster is a huge Ebay seller.

I was happy to hand off my old Beanies to a good cause, but not to someone who is going to try and turn a profit off them.

In the local Freecycle-type groups I'm a member of, that's a huge no-no, and will get you booted. I imagine the repeated requests would make the mods a bit testy, as well.

I'm a bit appalled at some poster's experiences in their groups. In the ones I have joined in my area, there's generally far more offers than requests, and very few really specific ones.
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1291 on: July 08, 2014, 01:47:17 PM »
Someone on the local Freecycle list is repeatedly asking for twenty or thirty Beanie Babies, as they are a "teacher" and need them for some kind of school related thing - some kind of awards program where the kids get to pick a prize for attendance, good behavior, or the like.  I have three - that I plan to keep - as they are MY collection (unicorn, Siamese cat, and a white tiger, if I recall correctly - I'm not sure if the white tiger is a Beanie Baby or just that size...).
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1292 on: July 20, 2014, 11:38:12 AM »
From a local buy/sell Facebook group....

Good Morning To Everyone,
ISO of a pickup truck year 99 - 05. I am looking for a Chevy Colorado, S10, or Silverado 1500. GMC S15 Pickup or Sierra 1500. Considering a Dodge Ram depending. My friend has ask me to help her find a well owned vehicle. She is a country girl a very good friend of the family. She is willing to spend the amount of anywhere from $1800 - $2500 cash. I told her to look on Craigslist, but after 2 months evening with me looking all we seen was JUNK!!! So? If you have or someone you know have a pickup truck for sale send me a friend request lets talk. PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU CONTACT ME. The vehicle must have under a 150,000 miles, a good clean exterior n interior, receipts n maintenance records (the whole history of ownership). NO TRUCKS THAT HAVE BEEN USED FOR PULLING EXTREME HEAVY LOADS, CONTRACTOR OR COMPANY TRUCKS, OR BEEN USED FOR SCRAPING NOT INTERESTED. I will be posting on other groups and checking other resources.



I can see looking for a specific model/year of truck, looking for low-ish mileage, but all of the other stuff and for less than $2500??  Good luck buddy.  I see a lot more searching in your future.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1293 on: July 20, 2014, 11:41:44 AM »
I've seen a few of my facebook friends now posting items for sale. One is wanting to sell used sweatshirts at $10 each and the other is selling used electronics. What happened to garage/yard sales or listing things on Craiglist?

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1294 on: July 20, 2014, 02:19:46 PM »
Are they posting directly as a status update/photo or are they posting to a group?  We have a local buy/sell group (see the post above) and I could see something getting on your timeline if they post to an open group.  Happens to me all the time with cousins of mine who post to an open group in their local area.  Having said that, I should probably check my settings if I start posting to our local buy/sell group.

If they are posting directly as a status update/photo, then yeah, that seems a little off to me. 

I've seen a few of my facebook friends now posting items for sale. One is wanting to sell used sweatshirts at $10 each and the other is selling used electronics. What happened to garage/yard sales or listing things on Craiglist?

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1295 on: July 20, 2014, 05:18:21 PM »
Directly as a status update.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1296 on: July 20, 2014, 06:46:32 PM »
I've seen people do it with stuff that a lot of their friends might be interested in.  In my case, that means baby items and homeschool stuff.  :)  But I could see, if you had met a lot of your friends through comics/anime and you had a series you'd decided to get rid of, posting it on your FB status.  If the sweatshirts were just regular sweatshirts, though, it sounds a bit weird.  Same with the electronics.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1297 on: July 20, 2014, 07:36:04 PM »
Regular sweatshirts, two different brands/logos. An old iPod touch for the electronic.

I also eye roll over the second person's posts since she posted for tea pots and services to be lent/given to her for a party. I told her I would lend her my silver tea set, but she replied she was going to glue all the pieces together for artistic centerpieces. That was it for me. I know not to lend her anything unless I don't care about it.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1298 on: July 20, 2014, 08:34:55 PM »
Regular sweatshirts, two different brands/logos. An old iPod touch for the electronic.

I also eye roll over the second person's posts since she posted for tea pots and services to be lent/given to her for a party. I told her I would lend her my silver tea set, but she replied she was going to glue all the pieces together for artistic centerpieces. That was it for me. I know not to lend her anything unless I don't care about it.

Once you've glued things together for a centerpiece, you haven't "borrowed" them, you've ruined them.

A friend of mine collects treadle sewing machines.  The antiques with the decals in very good shape are worth more as collector's items than ones that have been sewn on enough to wear the decals off or if they have discolored for some reason.

She was at a flea market (weekend market where buyers rent tables or sell out of the back of a van or pickup) and found a lovely treadle that looked to be in very good shape with the decals....the seller had hot glued artificial vines and flowers to it.  She was moving the leaves aside to check the condition of the decals.

The seller wanted her to stop that because she might ruin the arrangement of the leaves, vine stems, and flowers...then mentioned that she had gutted the workings & tossed them out because they made the "sculpture" heavier.  But wasn't it a pretty poetic comment on old fashioned sewing things???

Friend left the booth immediately, as restoring it to working order would be cost prohibitive with having to rebuild it...and the hot glue was going to ruin the decals - she saw places where the heat from the hot glue had "bubbled" the decals when she moved the leaves aside.

The woman had taken a potentially valuable antique in excellent condition and turned it into a non-working knickknack...

Friend also found a set of the cast iron legs & treadle assembly that someone had fastened to the bottom of a wooden container (large bread trough? small watering trough? window flower holder for potted plants?) to make a plant holder for a porch...it was already rusting...

Friend hated going to markets where people turned sewing machines into oddities.

And never responded to Freecycle or Craigslist requests by people looking for "old sewing machines" to turn into that sort of knickknack - now, if they wanted one to sew with - she had a few garage sale finds that worked, hadn't cost much, and weren't "collector's items" that she was willing to part with for someone  who wanted to learn to sew but couldn't afford a new machine.
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1299 on: July 21, 2014, 01:33:22 PM »
Regular sweatshirts, two different brands/logos. An old iPod touch for the electronic.

I also eye roll over the second person's posts since she posted for tea pots and services to be lent/given to her for a party. I told her I would lend her my silver tea set, but she replied she was going to glue all the pieces together for artistic centerpieces. That was it for me. I know not to lend her anything unless I don't care about it.

Once you've glued things together for a centerpiece, you haven't "borrowed" them, you've ruined them.

A friend of mine collects treadle sewing machines.  The antiques with the decals in very good shape are worth more as collector's items than ones that have been sewn on enough to wear the decals off or if they have discolored for some reason.

She was at a flea market (weekend market where buyers rent tables or sell out of the back of a van or pickup) and found a lovely treadle that looked to be in very good shape with the decals....the seller had hot glued artificial vines and flowers to it.  She was moving the leaves aside to check the condition of the decals.

The seller wanted her to stop that because she might ruin the arrangement of the leaves, vine stems, and flowers...then mentioned that she had gutted the workings & tossed them out because they made the "sculpture" heavier.  But wasn't it a pretty poetic comment on old fashioned sewing things???

Friend left the booth immediately, as restoring it to working order would be cost prohibitive with having to rebuild it...and the hot glue was going to ruin the decals - she saw places where the heat from the hot glue had "bubbled" the decals when she moved the leaves aside.

The woman had taken a potentially valuable antique in excellent condition and turned it into a non-working knickknack...

Friend also found a set of the cast iron legs & treadle assembly that someone had fastened to the bottom of a wooden container (large bread trough? small watering trough? window flower holder for potted plants?) to make a plant holder for a porch...it was already rusting...

Friend hated going to markets where people turned sewing machines into oddities.

And never responded to Freecycle or Craigslist requests by people looking for "old sewing machines" to turn into that sort of knickknack - now, if they wanted one to sew with - she had a few garage sale finds that worked, hadn't cost much, and weren't "collector's items" that she was willing to part with for someone  who wanted to learn to sew but couldn't afford a new machine.


This reminds me of being at the local library's annual book sale. I love old books from around 1900, and as I was browsing their table of oldies-but-goodies, a woman was flipping through the books and looking at the illustrations. She proceeded to tell me that she bought the old books, cut out and framed the illlustrations (which, admittedly, are frame-worthy) and then THREW THE BOOKS AWAY. It was all I could do not to snatch the books out of her hands and tell her, "You aren't worthy of these wonderful stories!"

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1300 on: July 21, 2014, 01:52:34 PM »
Regular sweatshirts, two different brands/logos. An old iPod touch for the electronic.

I also eye roll over the second person's posts since she posted for tea pots and services to be lent/given to her for a party. I told her I would lend her my silver tea set, but she replied she was going to glue all the pieces together for artistic centerpieces. That was it for me. I know not to lend her anything unless I don't care about it.

Once you've glued things together for a centerpiece, you haven't "borrowed" them, you've ruined them.

A friend of mine collects treadle sewing machines.  The antiques with the decals in very good shape are worth more as collector's items than ones that have been sewn on enough to wear the decals off or if they have discolored for some reason.

She was at a flea market (weekend market where buyers rent tables or sell out of the back of a van or pickup) and found a lovely treadle that looked to be in very good shape with the decals....the seller had hot glued artificial vines and flowers to it.  She was moving the leaves aside to check the condition of the decals.

The seller wanted her to stop that because she might ruin the arrangement of the leaves, vine stems, and flowers...then mentioned that she had gutted the workings & tossed them out because they made the "sculpture" heavier.  But wasn't it a pretty poetic comment on old fashioned sewing things???

Friend left the booth immediately, as restoring it to working order would be cost prohibitive with having to rebuild it...and the hot glue was going to ruin the decals - she saw places where the heat from the hot glue had "bubbled" the decals when she moved the leaves aside.

The woman had taken a potentially valuable antique in excellent condition and turned it into a non-working knickknack...

Friend also found a set of the cast iron legs & treadle assembly that someone had fastened to the bottom of a wooden container (large bread trough? small watering trough? window flower holder for potted plants?) to make a plant holder for a porch...it was already rusting...

Friend hated going to markets where people turned sewing machines into oddities.

And never responded to Freecycle or Craigslist requests by people looking for "old sewing machines" to turn into that sort of knickknack - now, if they wanted one to sew with - she had a few garage sale finds that worked, hadn't cost much, and weren't "collector's items" that she was willing to part with for someone  who wanted to learn to sew but couldn't afford a new machine.


This reminds me of being at the local library's annual book sale. I love old books from around 1900, and as I was browsing their table of oldies-but-goodies, a woman was flipping through the books and looking at the illustrations. She proceeded to tell me that she bought the old books, cut out and framed the illlustrations (which, admittedly, are frame-worthy) and then THREW THE BOOKS AWAY. It was all I could do not to snatch the books out of her hands and tell her, "You aren't worthy of these wonderful stories!"

What do you think happens to those books that aren't sold? They aren't going into some warehouse to see if they are going to be sold next year. I think if someone can get any kind of use for things then good for them - much better then them ending up in a dump someplace. And that is where most of the books, sewing machines and other things will end up. Just because we value certain things doesn't mean the rest of the world does or should.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1301 on: July 22, 2014, 02:46:26 PM »
Regular sweatshirts, two different brands/logos. An old iPod touch for the electronic.

I also eye roll over the second person's posts since she posted for tea pots and services to be lent/given to her for a party. I told her I would lend her my silver tea set, but she replied she was going to glue all the pieces together for artistic centerpieces. That was it for me. I know not to lend her anything unless I don't care about it.

Once you've glued things together for a centerpiece, you haven't "borrowed" them, you've ruined them.

A friend of mine collects treadle sewing machines.  The antiques with the decals in very good shape are worth more as collector's items than ones that have been sewn on enough to wear the decals off or if they have discolored for some reason.

She was at a flea market (weekend market where buyers rent tables or sell out of the back of a van or pickup) and found a lovely treadle that looked to be in very good shape with the decals....the seller had hot glued artificial vines and flowers to it.  She was moving the leaves aside to check the condition of the decals.

The seller wanted her to stop that because she might ruin the arrangement of the leaves, vine stems, and flowers...then mentioned that she had gutted the workings & tossed them out because they made the "sculpture" heavier.  But wasn't it a pretty poetic comment on old fashioned sewing things???

Friend left the booth immediately, as restoring it to working order would be cost prohibitive with having to rebuild it...and the hot glue was going to ruin the decals - she saw places where the heat from the hot glue had "bubbled" the decals when she moved the leaves aside.

The woman had taken a potentially valuable antique in excellent condition and turned it into a non-working knickknack...

Friend also found a set of the cast iron legs & treadle assembly that someone had fastened to the bottom of a wooden container (large bread trough? small watering trough? window flower holder for potted plants?) to make a plant holder for a porch...it was already rusting...

Friend hated going to markets where people turned sewing machines into oddities.

And never responded to Freecycle or Craigslist requests by people looking for "old sewing machines" to turn into that sort of knickknack - now, if they wanted one to sew with - she had a few garage sale finds that worked, hadn't cost much, and weren't "collector's items" that she was willing to part with for someone  who wanted to learn to sew but couldn't afford a new machine.


This reminds me of being at the local library's annual book sale. I love old books from around 1900, and as I was browsing their table of oldies-but-goodies, a woman was flipping through the books and looking at the illustrations. She proceeded to tell me that she bought the old books, cut out and framed the illlustrations (which, admittedly, are frame-worthy) and then THREW THE BOOKS AWAY. It was all I could do not to snatch the books out of her hands and tell her, "You aren't worthy of these wonderful stories!"

What do you think happens to those books that aren't sold? They aren't going into some warehouse to see if they are going to be sold next year. I think if someone can get any kind of use for things then good for them - much better then them ending up in a dump someplace. And that is where most of the books, sewing machines and other things will end up. Just because we value certain things doesn't mean the rest of the world does or should.

I know you're right, but oh, it just breaks my heart to see those wonderful books go to waste!

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« Reply #1302 on: July 22, 2014, 03:24:59 PM »
Regular sweatshirts, two different brands/logos. An old iPod touch for the electronic.

I also eye roll over the second person's posts since she posted for tea pots and services to be lent/given to her for a party. I told her I would lend her my silver tea set, but she replied she was going to glue all the pieces together for artistic centerpieces. That was it for me. I know not to lend her anything unless I don't care about it.

The first person is now listing furniture on her page and getting quite pushy about it, when people don't respond. I've hidden her feed.

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« Reply #1303 on: August 07, 2014, 11:17:31 AM »
and there's this:

WANTED: NB baby girl and renovations eqt help (Tenino wa) Taking a chance and posting for a little help don't have much of any income and 8 wks left in my pregnancy having my first baby (girl) and still in need of lots of things such as car seat, stroller, crib, changing table, wanting a breast pump and as for renovation help really need carpet because rite now its a concrete. And wall dividers , and working washer and dryer I'm not trying to sound picky or anything like that anything helps just in need and trying to do the best I can with what I got and will be totally and utterly thankful! Thanks for reading


at least she seems to know she's asking for a lot. but- she's still asking for a lot.

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« Reply #1304 on: August 07, 2014, 11:19:39 AM »
This reminds me of being at the local library's annual book sale. I love old books from around 1900, and as I was browsing their table of oldies-but-goodies, a woman was flipping through the books and looking at the illustrations. She proceeded to tell me that she bought the old books, cut out and framed the illlustrations (which, admittedly, are frame-worthy) and then THREW THE BOOKS AWAY. It was all I could do not to snatch the books out of her hands and tell her, "You aren't worthy of these wonderful stories!"

What do you think happens to those books that aren't sold? They aren't going into some warehouse to see if they are going to be sold next year. I think if someone can get any kind of use for things then good for them - much better then them ending up in a dump someplace. And that is where most of the books, sewing machines and other things will end up. Just because we value certain things doesn't mean the rest of the world does or should.

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i agree- with both sentiments. i think it's a bit sad to see books defaced. on the other hand, i've seen some absolutely beautiful book art.