Bummer, the personal ad is blocked here at work...I'll have to look at it later!
Here's today's awesome post from my Freecycle list...
I am looking for some gardening stuff so I can make an attempt to grow my own vegetables.
I am looking for any of the following;
Lg planting containers
plant starters or seeds
small amount of Horse manure
Sun Shine (lol)
and what ever else may help with my venture.
Every little bit helps.
So she wants to grow tomatoes, but doesn't want to put any effort or money into the project. I wonder if she'll be asking for people to come water and weed her tomatoes in a few weeks?
I guess I don't understand all of the snark about posts like the one quoted above.
Having had a small hand in bringing Freecycle to my area some years ago, I can tell you that it really doesn't matter if other posters think the recipients "deserve" items disseminated via the bulletin board. Freecycle isnt about charity, merit, pulling oneself up by the bootstraps, having an "acceptable" motivation to make a request or otherwise being judgmental of the participants. It's about keeping useful items out of the landfill, period. I know of many cases where a "want" post has jogged the memories of people who were grateful to be rid of items like tomato cages or whatnot cluttering up their storage space. The persons posting the "wants" saved the givers of the trouble of posting "offers," if you want to look at it that way.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the polite and somewhat humorous request quoted above, as far as the tenets of Freecycle are concerned. Yes, opportunists, resale artists and convoluted sob stories have infiltrated some boards but alert moderators know how to manage that and really, some people do get rid of stuff by fulfilling these requests. Again, whatever the "wanter's" intent may be, keeping items out of the trash is the goal so even if he or she is going to resell the booty at a garage sale or swap meet, so what?
Merely posting a detailed "want" is not at all considered greedy or a faux pas let alone worthy of the scorn demonstrated in this thread. Why begrudge people something that doesn't cost you a dime and is good for our eco-system?