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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #165 on: May 13, 2010, 11:07:45 AM »
Here's one word for word from today's Freecycle:

to all i know a young lady who is due in five weeks she has only justfound out and has nothing for a baby any baby items will help if you canhelp this lady out plz call (mobile phone number) thank you ps we have no car so ifyou do have anything you would like to give we will have to work outsomething to pick up thank you again

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #166 on: May 13, 2010, 11:24:38 AM »
i would like a large Coach purse.
if you have one (or more) in your closet that you don't want or use anymore, i would like them.  i can give them a great home.

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I would not call her shy for asking!  Perhaps I should try the same route.  My church held a yard sale and we found a donated coach fany pack/hip walker pack.  Sold for 5 dollars.  Strill, nothing beats FREE! And she wants large ones. 

See, people are posting these things as completely far-fetched.  But I actually have three pieces of Louis Vuitton -- two large handbags (with matching key-ring/folders) and a briefcase -- in my closet that are like-new and sitting there gathering dust.  They belonged to my late mother and I don't like designer goods -- but can't bring myself to throw them away.  If a request for LV caught my eye, I might just be inclined to pass them along.  So it really never hurts to ask.  You might be surprised at what people are itching to give away.  I went to an estate sale once and the guy running it was tired of selling stuff so I walked out with a large turkey platter (the vintage kind worth about $50) and some very collectible books along with lovely older linens and two crystal candlesticks -- free.  He had his feet up and didn't want to be bothered tallying the prices or taking the money.  I bet he had a dishwasher to get rid of, too!   :)

You might try selling on ebay. 

Thanks, I just don't have the time for pursuits like that and am not anxious to make a buck from my mother's belongings.  I just wanted to make the point that you never know what Freecyclers have lurking around.   :)

I can offer another option; there is a website where you can rent fancy designer bags, and they also buy from individuals.  I just sent info on a bunch of Coach bags I have and don't use, and their offers are pretty fair.  Much less hassle than going the ebay route - don't want to post the name, but if you're interested, PM me and I'll give you the details......

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #167 on: May 13, 2010, 08:38:29 PM »
i would like a large Coach purse.
if you have one (or more) in your closet that you don't want or use anymore, i would like them.  i can give them a great home.

shyone

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I would not call her shy for asking!  Perhaps I should try the same route.  My church held a yard sale and we found a donated coach fany pack/hip walker pack.  Sold for 5 dollars.  Strill, nothing beats FREE! And she wants large ones. 

See, people are posting these things as completely far-fetched.  But I actually have three pieces of Louis Vuitton -- two large handbags (with matching key-ring/folders) and a briefcase -- in my closet that are like-new and sitting there gathering dust.  They belonged to my late mother and I don't like designer goods -- but can't bring myself to throw them away.  If a request for LV caught my eye, I might just be inclined to pass them along.  So it really never hurts to ask.  You might be surprised at what people are itching to give away.  I went to an estate sale once and the guy running it was tired of selling stuff so I walked out with a large turkey platter (the vintage kind worth about $50) and some very collectible books along with lovely older linens and two crystal candlesticks -- free.  He had his feet up and didn't want to be bothered tallying the prices or taking the money.  I bet he had a dishwasher to get rid of, too!   :)

This wasn't Freecycle, but it makes the same point. My MIL sells a little real estate on the side, and she had a buyer who really loved the couches she saw in the house she wanted. A bit jokingly, MIL said, "Why don't you ask for them in the offer? All they can do is say no."

It turned out that the sellers were getting new furniture, and they were delighted not to have to move the couches. Problem solved for everyone.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #168 on: May 13, 2010, 08:43:32 PM »
i would like a large Coach purse.
if you have one (or more) in your closet that you don't want or use anymore, i would like them.  i can give them a great home.

shyone

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I would not call her shy for asking!  Perhaps I should try the same route.  My church held a yard sale and we found a donated coach fany pack/hip walker pack.  Sold for 5 dollars.  Strill, nothing beats FREE! And she wants large ones. 

See, people are posting these things as completely far-fetched.  But I actually have three pieces of Louis Vuitton -- two large handbags (with matching key-ring/folders) and a briefcase -- in my closet that are like-new and sitting there gathering dust.  They belonged to my late mother and I don't like designer goods -- but can't bring myself to throw them away.  If a request for LV caught my eye, I might just be inclined to pass them along.  So it really never hurts to ask.  You might be surprised at what people are itching to give away.  I went to an estate sale once and the guy running it was tired of selling stuff so I walked out with a large turkey platter (the vintage kind worth about $50) and some very collectible books along with lovely older linens and two crystal candlesticks -- free.  He had his feet up and didn't want to be bothered tallying the prices or taking the money.  I bet he had a dishwasher to get rid of, too!   :)

This wasn't Freecycle, but it makes the same point. My MIL sells a little real estate on the side, and she had a buyer who really loved the couches she saw in the house she wanted. A bit jokingly, MIL said, "Why don't you ask for them in the offer? All they can do is say no."

It turned out that the sellers were getting new furniture, and they were delighted not to have to move the couches. Problem solved for everyone.

exactly.  we are selling mom's condo and its like-new furniture including fancy white iron bed frame, off-white damask sofa & chairs, lamps, end tables, glass-topped dining table and chairs, basement shelving ... all of it looks like it just exited the showroom and i will be on bended knee if any prospective condo buyer is willing to take it off my hands, gratis. 

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #169 on: May 13, 2010, 08:50:52 PM »
i would like a large Coach purse.
if you have one (or more) in your closet that you don't want or use anymore, i would like them.  i can give them a great home.

shyone

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I would not call her shy for asking!  Perhaps I should try the same route.  My church held a yard sale and we found a donated coach fany pack/hip walker pack.  Sold for 5 dollars.  Strill, nothing beats FREE! And she wants large ones. 

See, people are posting these things as completely far-fetched.  But I actually have three pieces of Louis Vuitton -- two large handbags (with matching key-ring/folders) and a briefcase -- in my closet that are like-new and sitting there gathering dust.  They belonged to my late mother and I don't like designer goods -- but can't bring myself to throw them away.  If a request for LV caught my eye, I might just be inclined to pass them along.  So it really never hurts to ask.  You might be surprised at what people are itching to give away.  I went to an estate sale once and the guy running it was tired of selling stuff so I walked out with a large turkey platter (the vintage kind worth about $50) and some very collectible books along with lovely older linens and two crystal candlesticks -- free.  He had his feet up and didn't want to be bothered tallying the prices or taking the money.  I bet he had a dishwasher to get rid of, too!   :)

This wasn't Freecycle, but it makes the same point. My MIL sells a little real estate on the side, and she had a buyer who really loved the couches she saw in the house she wanted. A bit jokingly, MIL said, "Why don't you ask for them in the offer? All they can do is say no."

It turned out that the sellers were getting new furniture, and they were delighted not to have to move the couches. Problem solved for everyone.

My parents bought a house from a couple moving to Europe (from the USA) - the custom couches (made for that floor plan) and a couple of other things were added to the purchase of the house with the owners being quite happy to reduce the amount of furniture to be moved, stored, or passed along to relatives.......cash moves quite a bit more easily than two couches, a love seat, and an overstuffed chair!
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #170 on: May 13, 2010, 10:11:11 PM »
It took me awhile to convince my mother that asking for a Medela breast pump would be rude. 

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #171 on: May 14, 2010, 12:42:50 AM »
Saw this one a few weeks ago

Wanted Newer Model Truck or SUV

i am 3 months pregnant with my 2nd baby and have a 5 month old, i need a good running newer model suv or extended cab truck(must have the back doors that also open)i am willing to spend up to $2500 but no more, and it has to be automatic. i do not want a vehical that is going to break down within the first month or so, seeing as i have both my appointments and my daughters. thanks



I don't know if she's gonna get what she wants as the cheapest vehicle fitting her description I saw was 6800, had over 100,000 miles on it and was a 2000 model.  People round here hold on to their trucks.  LOL.

She could get a decent car in that price range, probably with a lot miles though, but she just isn't going to get a truck or SUV in that range unless she's willing to take one from the mid to late 90's.

On the other hand there is also an ad from someone wanting to buy a vehicle, any vehicle for 1000 dollars.  He might get it though, as his only requirement is that it runs.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #172 on: May 14, 2010, 09:15:27 AM »
It took me awhile to convince my mother that asking for a Medela breast pump would be rude. 

Asking for one might be a little over-the-top, but keep an eye out!  I actually got one!  Somebody offered a double-sided electric Medela breastpump still in its case.  Awesome!  I'm really excited about having it for baby #3 in a few months.  I may use it to start donating some milk, since hopefully it should make pumping a lot faster!

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« Reply #173 on: May 14, 2010, 02:44:13 PM »
It took me awhile to convince my mother that asking for a Medela breast pump would be rude. 

Asking for one might be a little over-the-top, but keep an eye out!  I actually got one!  Somebody offered a double-sided electric Medela breastpump still in its case.  Awesome!  I'm really excited about having it for baby #3 in a few months.  I may use it to start donating some milk, since hopefully it should make pumping a lot faster!

I think asking for just the one specific thing should be okay.  It's the lists as long as your arm that get funny looks.

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« Reply #174 on: May 19, 2010, 10:14:14 AM »
And now for today's request (wanted section):  EEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #175 on: May 19, 2010, 10:34:00 AM »
I can see the reasoning behind wanting old medical supplies, e.g. wheelchairs, walkers, bath seats, even the CPAP machine.  Some of that stuff can be expensive, and if someone is going to have to use it for the long term, it wouldn't pay to rent it.  Plus, I'm sure there are people out there who end up in my aunt's situation - she had two different types of walkers, a four-prong cane, and a wheelchair sitting in her garage after my older aunt who had lived with her passed away.  She gave one walker to a friend of hers who had had a hip replacement, and donated the other items to the local nursing home.  My aunt is still quite young, so the odds are that if she ever needs anything like that it won't be for many years, and in the meantime it's just taking up space, so it's good that she was able to pass it along to someone who could use it now.

POD - why not donate it to someone who can really use it?  And while I totally understand WHY its illegal and can't be done, ESPECIALLY on Freecycle, its too bad there isn't some way to get un-needed medicine to someone who does. I mean legally and through some sort of strict system.  I know when my dad died; we got rid of TONS of stuff; pricy stuff, and my mom kept saying it was such a shame that there wasn't any way to get it to someone who needed it, but couldn't afford it.  But like I said, I totally understand why it can't be done.

When my Dad passed we donated his medical stuff (no Rx, stuff like the walker and the raised toilet seat) to a nursing home/rehab hospital.  They were thrilled.

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« Reply #176 on: May 19, 2010, 09:10:54 PM »
Locally there is an organization that you can donate used medical equipment such as walkers, scooters, wheelchairs. They refurbish/fix them up to give to people that can't afford it.  Through hospice (and I think this probably depends on state law), we were able to donate some of mom's medication.  It had to be in an unopened package, not a pill bottle or something like that, but at least some of it could go to others that could use it.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #177 on: May 20, 2010, 12:54:46 AM »
I should put up a wanted on freecycle, see if I can get some of the items I've been looking for at garage sales.  What do you think my chances are?

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what are you going to do with a chest freezer that don't work?

The insulation in those things is just incredible.  So, add a thermostat and a heating element, rig up a couple trays to be able to adjust the tilt as needed, and you've got an incubator that can handle a hundred turkey eggs without missing a beat.  Purchasing a commercial equivalent runs upwards of $4000.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #178 on: May 20, 2010, 12:59:45 AM »
I should put up a wanted on freecycle, see if I can get some of the items I've been looking for at garage sales.  What do you think my chances are?

Upright chest freezer (need not be in working order or even have the motor)
Pennies from 1981 and earlier


ok -- now I GOT to know

what are you going to do with a chest freezer that don't work?

The insulation in those things is just incredible.  So, add a thermostat and a heating element, rig up a couple trays to be able to adjust the tilt as needed, and you've got an incubator that can handle a hundred turkey eggs without missing a beat.  Purchasing a commercial equivalent runs upwards of $4000.

My grandmother used one to "cold cellar" winter vegetables and apples. She layered the veggies in newspaper or straw in boxes and stacked them inside the defunct freezer. Great insulation + critter-proof + no dirt.
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #179 on: May 20, 2010, 02:01:59 AM »
Locally there is an organization that you can donate used medical equipment such as walkers, scooters, wheelchairs. They refurbish/fix them up to give to people that can't afford it.  Through hospice (and I think this probably depends on state law), we were able to donate some of mom's medication.  It had to be in an unopened package, not a pill bottle or something like that, but at least some of it could go to others that could use it.

In Australia, you can hand in unwanted medicines to pharmacies, where they will be safely disposed of. If the medicine package has left the pharmacy at all, the medicines MUST be thrown out, even if all the seals are intact. If the deceased person has their scripts made up and repackaged in a store, they MAY be able to do something with the leftover meds, but it's unlikely.