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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #990 on: June 19, 2012, 02:06:04 AM »

I've heard "chester drawers," once in a great while. It does sound odd to me; I'd wonder, "Who is Chester?" In fact, I didn't hear "chest of drawers" much until I moved to the deep south. It seemed like a lot of words to describe an item, TBH. We said "dresser."

Chest of drawers is the UK term for it.    Over here, you'll find a dresser in the kitchen - a free standing (usually) piece of furniture made of cupboards with shelves above it - something you might possibly call a hutch?  Over here, a hutch is an outdoor 'crate' type home for a pet rabbit...

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #991 on: June 19, 2012, 10:19:41 AM »

I've heard "chester drawers," once in a great while. It does sound odd to me; I'd wonder, "Who is Chester?" In fact, I didn't hear "chest of drawers" much until I moved to the deep south. It seemed like a lot of words to describe an item, TBH. We said "dresser."

Chest of drawers is the UK term for it.    Over here, you'll find a dresser in the kitchen - a free standing (usually) piece of furniture made of cupboards with shelves above it - something you might possibly call a hutch?  Over here, a hutch is an outdoor 'crate' type home for a pet rabbit...

Divided by a common language, indeed.

Yeah, a dresser is for things you'd dress yourself in. A hutch is either the thing in the dining room (which might also be a buffet or a sideboard or a cabinet) OR the rabbit thing (which I don't know an alternative U.S. name for except a cage, I guess).
Also, I think you guys use "cupboard" a lot more than we do, though it means more or less the same thing here -- we just use "cabinet" more frequently. Also I think you use cupboard for things we'd call closets (part of a room) or wardrobes (freestanding, tall clothes containers).

Weird stuff I've seen on CL lately -- lots of homemade or extraordinarily ugly cat towers. And a 'barely used' cat toilet training kit, which I guess maybe isn't quite as gross as barely used human toilet products, but still strikes me as icky, irrationally. (Yeah, we got a cat.)

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #992 on: June 19, 2012, 10:38:07 AM »
Around here, chest of drawers and dresser are pretty synonymous.  A hutch or a china cabinet is more like what you described for the kitchen or dining room.  And a rabbit hutch goes in the backyard and is presumably inhabited by rabbits.  :)
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #993 on: June 19, 2012, 10:51:00 AM »

Weird stuff I've seen on CL lately -- lots of homemade or extraordinarily ugly cat towers. And a 'barely used' cat toilet training kit, which I guess maybe isn't quite as gross as barely used human toilet products, but still strikes me as icky, irrationally. (Yeah, we got a cat.)

The litterbox is something i am iffy on. I wouldn't accept a used one, but I have one that I used for about 3 days before giving up on it. My cats were too big for it so every day when i came home from work it would be on its side and I would have to clean it up. I tried moving it to a few different places to see if I could wedge is somewhere but gave up after day 3. It is still perfectly usable - just not by me - but I feel weird about offering it up.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #994 on: June 19, 2012, 10:56:17 AM »

Weird stuff I've seen on CL lately -- lots of homemade or extraordinarily ugly cat towers. And a 'barely used' cat toilet training kit, which I guess maybe isn't quite as gross as barely used human toilet products, but still strikes me as icky, irrationally. (Yeah, we got a cat.)

The litterbox is something i am iffy on. I wouldn't accept a used one, but I have one that I used for about 3 days before giving up on it. My cats were too big for it so every day when i came home from work it would be on its side and I would have to clean it up. I tried moving it to a few different places to see if I could wedge is somewhere but gave up after day 3. It is still perfectly usable - just not by me - but I feel weird about offering it up.

A litterbox could be sprayed down with disinfectant, but I guess I'd be more interested in one passed down from someone I know than one that could have been used by a sick cat or something. Maybe you can give it to a friend?

The item I was referring to from a CL ad was this:
CitiKitty toilet training ad

(On second glance I see it's unused ... but it's only $21 from the manufacturer.)

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #995 on: June 19, 2012, 11:04:20 AM »

Weird stuff I've seen on CL lately -- lots of homemade or extraordinarily ugly cat towers. And a 'barely used' cat toilet training kit, which I guess maybe isn't quite as gross as barely used human toilet products, but still strikes me as icky, irrationally. (Yeah, we got a cat.)

The litterbox is something i am iffy on. I wouldn't accept a used one, but I have one that I used for about 3 days before giving up on it. My cats were too big for it so every day when i came home from work it would be on its side and I would have to clean it up. I tried moving it to a few different places to see if I could wedge is somewhere but gave up after day 3. It is still perfectly usable - just not by me - but I feel weird about offering it up.

A litterbox could be sprayed down with disinfectant, but I guess I'd be more interested in one passed down from someone I know than one that could have been used by a sick cat or something. Maybe you can give it to a friend?

The item I was referring to from a CL ad was this:
CitiKitty toilet training ad

(On second glance I see it's unused ... but it's only $21 from the manufacturer.)

I am thinking of donating it to the shelter I volunteer at. I will disinfect it again before I drop it off.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #996 on: June 19, 2012, 12:52:32 PM »

Weird stuff I've seen on CL lately -- lots of homemade or extraordinarily ugly cat towers. And a 'barely used' cat toilet training kit, which I guess maybe isn't quite as gross as barely used human toilet products, but still strikes me as icky, irrationally. (Yeah, we got a cat.)

The litterbox is something i am iffy on. I wouldn't accept a used one, but I have one that I used for about 3 days before giving up on it. My cats were too big for it so every day when i came home from work it would be on its side and I would have to clean it up. I tried moving it to a few different places to see if I could wedge is somewhere but gave up after day 3. It is still perfectly usable - just not by me - but I feel weird about offering it up.

My late aunt had two leaky litter pans (don't want that) so I tossed them and got a new one.  Only problem was, Emily (7 pounds, 10 inches tall) fit just fine, but Max (17 pounds and around 14 inches at the shoulder) didn't fit with the lid on.  I ended up having to get a super sized litter pan for Max.  When Emily was adopted I gave her new owners the smaller pan and brought the super sized pan home with me and Max.  Now I've got this harhugeous litter pan in my living room because there's really nowhere else to put it at the moment, but the cat needs it.

Know what's ironic?  The litter pan liners that came with the super sized litter pan are too small for that particular one.  They aren't going to waste, as they fit our other pan, and fortunately the ones I'd been buying for the other pan fit this huge one.  But you'd think the manufacturer would have included litter liners that fit (it was a kit.)  Or maybe I'm expecting too much.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #997 on: June 19, 2012, 02:56:33 PM »
Reading this post makes me want to join Freecycle...I just went to my local site and I remembered why I haven't - the membership questionaire.

Since membership is moderated I assume I have to come up with the "correct" answers.  The main question tripping me up is:

Please tell the group owner about yourself and why you would like to join the group (200 characters maximum).

I don't think "because it looks interesting" will be accepted (any suggestions as to how to answer this questions "correctly")

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #998 on: June 19, 2012, 02:58:44 PM »
I answered it with "I'd like to help reduce waste in the local dump". And that was it.
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #999 on: June 19, 2012, 03:09:52 PM »
I answered it with "I'd like to help reduce waste in the local dump". And that was it.

Thanks Jones - here's what I put in:

Hello, my name is Jenn.  My husband and I own a house in [city].  We have no kids and 1 dog.  I would like to join FC because it looks interesting and I'd like to reduce waste in the local dump.

It is exactly 200 characters...heres hoping they let me in.

Edit - okay that questionaire was the easy part - the hard part is in order to be accepted I have to post a offer within 48 hours.  I don't have anything to give away at the moment...oh well...guess I won't be joining Freecycle.
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1000 on: June 19, 2012, 04:17:55 PM »
See if there's a local ReUseIt network list in your area: http://www.reuseitnetwork.org/
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1001 on: June 19, 2012, 04:32:36 PM »
I think my answer was "Because I am getting married, and I'd like to see if anyone has leftover wedding decorations." 

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1002 on: June 19, 2012, 04:48:51 PM »
Chest of drawers is the UK term for it.    Over here, you'll find a dresser in the kitchen - a free standing (usually) piece of furniture made of cupboards with shelves above it - something you might possibly call a hutch?  Over here, a hutch is an outdoor 'crate' type home for a pet rabbit...

Divided by a common language, indeed.

I was raised with the distinction that a 'chest of drawers' was taller than it was wide, and had a flat top with no mirror, as the mirror would be too high for most humans. A 'dresser' was low enough that a mirror could go on top, and it was usually wider than it was tall. A 'hutch' or 'china cabinet' was like a dresser, but instead of a mirror, it had shelves with glass doors, so that you could display your dishes in your dining room. It could also be the shelves that go over a computer desk. And yes, you keep rabbits in a hutch, which stands up on legs like the cabinets, and is open so it displays the rabbits. ;)

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1003 on: June 19, 2012, 04:53:08 PM »
Re: kitty boxes

I've found that the extra-deep storage boxes with flip-lids work very nicely as cat boxes. Flip one lid over, and leave the other side for kitty entrances and exits. And harder to kick litter out.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1004 on: June 19, 2012, 05:19:34 PM »
Re: kitty boxes

I've found that the extra-deep storage boxes with flip-lids work very nicely as cat boxes. Flip one lid over, and leave the other side for kitty entrances and exits. And harder to kick litter out.

I use giant tupperware storage boxes in the basement, but I like to have a few boxes they can just walk into so that if they have anything that would make jumping difficult they have a box they can walk into and won't be tempted to go on the floor. I have a playing fiend who has sprained an ankle before, and as they get older I am worried about arthritis and just normal aging making it harder to jump.