Tidying six years of accumulated stuff from my small flat is one of those chores I just had to get round to. The various options available to me were:

Just leave and let (or whatever its called this week) sort it all out.

Sell stuff on but taking into account, packing, postage and my time costs, I would probably make a net loss for much work and petrol (its quicker and costs less to use one of the village post offices rather than the one in town with parking costs and long queues)

Sell locally via the classifieds, cards in shop windows etc but that takes time too and even for private sales the exchange of money imposes a certain legal liability for the items. Good for big ticket items but not for assorted stuff

Take to the tip (sorry recycling centre) but that’s problematic because it’s not open all that often and has a number plate recognition system so that too frequent a visit by one vehicle deems it to be trade and charged or just barred.

Freecycle is therefore the only practical solution for who hates waste hence http://groupuscules/group/freecyclefrome/ read the small print to see how it works. And work it does!

A few tips for those unsure about the whole process:

Do not publish your address or a telephone number in the advertisement, conduit negotiations by e-mail until someone is definitely coming to collect

Be honest with your item description – collectors who know exactly they are coming for are unlikely to be disappointed and leave empty handed. The Frome group allows you to add photographs so use the facility, again so that potential collectors know what you are offering. Or you can use a link to the same or similar item in the IKEA or Argos catalogues.

Be courteous and people will be courteous back – when you’re arranging for something to be collected, make sure the collector knows where they are coming; what may seem obvious to you might be opaque to someone who has never been to your area before.

Beware the car-booters who spiel some story about why they want an item for ther aged parents or their barefoot children  when actually they are simply harvesting the site for whatever thay can sell at a profit at a car-boot sale. Frome Freecycle seems to be free of them at the moment.

Don’t be pissy if someone does not appear at the agreed time – you don’t know them or anything about them and they probably have more pressing concerns than that item that “needs a little attention”.


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