Reuse and Laugh: Funny Stuff on Freecycle.org

While my personal finances have always seemed miserable, the recent economic crisis has influenced me to try to save money even more. In addition to signing up for the Angel Food Ministries, trying to supplement my income with online writing at hubpages and other sites, and shopping less frequently or at wholesale clubs like B.J.'s, I also signed up for freecycle.org. The primary purpose of freecycle is to keep stuff out of the landfill, but of course finding stuff I need or want for free is a significant benefit.

Freecycle is all-in-all extremely well-managed and the benefits are many. I never would have guessed, however, what a boost participation has been for my mental health. Not a day goes by that at least one post does not absolutely crack me up! Laughter is the best medicine, right? In the spirit of sharing my good fortune, here are some of my favorite "what were you thinking?" offers from freecycle.

Offer: 4 Styrofoam Egg Cartons (18 ct)
Have 4-18 count egg cartons - yellow - from Kroger. Will leave on table by front door. Email for address & provide approx. pick up time.
Thank you!

In all fairness to this poster, I personally know a couple of people who do collect egg cartons from their friends and neighbors, because they in turn sell or share eggs from the chickens that they raise. But they typically live in the country....and the location for this offer was downtown....will someone actually burn the gas to pickup four egg cartons? Maybe, since they are, after all, yellow!

OFFER:Half-face resporator
The filters do not work but the rubber and everything else is fine. My husband used it when he worked construction. You'll need to wipe out the dust.

I admit, I'm not exactly sure what a half-face resporator is, but, yuck! It doesn't sound like something I would want to recycle! Wipe out the dust? Don't you at least mean disinfect?

OFFER:  Unopened Oreo Double Stuff cookies
Hi!  I have one package of oreo cookies that I don't need.  Would prefer to have them picked up this afternoon or evening. If you're interested, please let me know when you could pick them up.  Thanks!

Seriously? You need to post on freecycle to get rid of Oreos? Don't you have a neighbor or co-worker who likes cookies? But I noticed someone snatched them up quickly in the "taken" postings!

OFFER: Equate Brand Ladies Feminine Products
Equate box of super tampons (plastic applicator) Please include PICK UP TIME and NUMBER in reply. Thanks!

As one of my friends said to me, I feel uncomfortable with someone offering a box of tampons. I know feminine products are expensive, but this is just weird.

And finally, the proof - you can find ANYTHING on freecycle:

OFFER: Kitchen Sink
Kitchen sink: drop-in, cast iron, two-bowl, off-white
Comes with a faucet and a spray attachment.
Very good condition.

I'm sure I'll update this hub frequently, as more gems appear in my inbox. In the meantime, sign up for freecycle in your area - you might find something you actually need, but if not, you can probably cancel your "joke of the day" subscription!

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DonnaCSmith 7 years ago from Central North Carolina

LOL, thoase are funny. I gave away a huge leaf-bag full of small fabric scraps - no, not to a quilter, but a lady who said she had 7 children of her own and she is a scout leader. She needed them for craft projects.

I received furniture for my front porch. It is a very cool system.


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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

Yes, it is cool, and there usually are takers for the "trash" - I see things like bags of rags all of the time. And then there's all the 'broken' stuff - but I imagine there are folks in the repair business, for example, who take advantage and keep things out of the landfill.


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

I joined that last year at the behest of a friend. Haven't used it yet, but I see the wierd things too. I'm half afraid to let some of the people come to my home.

Small world ain't it? thanks


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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

You are right, C.C. about people coming to your house! It's nerve racking! I think that's why so many of the women just leave stuff on the porch or in the driveway - so they won't have to deal with wierdos face-to-face!


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Cookies??!?!??!! Dirty respirators? Oh MY!!!!!!!!

I never knew this existed!! You've just widened my horizon.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

I never heard of it but this is insanely funny stuff.


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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi, Proud Mom & Dottie - it is ocassionally very funny, but also really a very cool resource - I have moved some big stuff from my home that I wanted to get rid of but didn't want to transport, and I've also collected some pretty useful stuff - including a completely adequate and working desktop computer! Freecycle is definitely worth checking out.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Yes updating this regularly would be fun as I had fun reading the things that people thinnk are wastes but may be another's treasure! Thanks for sharing :D


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

What about my condoms i don't ever need? they're like, oh i don't no, 15 tears old. Kids could use 'em for a science project.


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DonnaCSmith 7 years ago from Central North Carolina

You don't have to give anyone your address - arrange to meet in a public place, such as the gorcery store parking lot.


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Dineane, do you have to have a Yahoo email address to participate?


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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

Rochelle, I'm not sure, but I think it works different ways in different areas. In Wake County where I live, they are in the process of moving the list to a message board on the freecycle board instead of a group at yahoo.


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

OK thanks-- because i saw there was a listing for my little town, but I got the impression that it was for yahoo.com emailers. I think tis may be an idea whose time has come.

(The lady with the Oreos must have just wanted some visitors.)


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

some really odd stuff - maybe people use the egg boxes to make things with their young children?


Deborah Brown 7 years ago

Here's one for you!

7. OFFER: 2 Female PET rats (NOT SNAKE FOOD!) Tue Mar 3, 2009 12:38 pm (PST) I am sadly giving away my wonderful pet rats, Dip & Dot. They are very sweet white rats. They were given to me for free at about 6 months old, I've had them for less then a year. One of them has a little stuffy nose when she breathes, which is very common and almost inevitable for rats. LOL NOT SNAKE FOOD!!!


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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

LOL - too funny Deborah! My local group doesn't allow Pet postings....maybe a good reason for that, huh?


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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

found another one today:

Offer: phone books

The real yellow pages. A 3 book set. Delivered today.If you can use these, please respond with your pickup time. Priority to earliest pickup.

Mine are showing up now too - why the heck do we get so many phonebooks now? It never occured to me anyone else might actually want the ones I don't want. Maybe I'll email this poster and see if he gets any takers!


BlabTalk 7 years ago

Here in Florida, someone was giving away a bunch "really brown ripe bananas"? Guess to make banana bread?


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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

love it Blab - they better pick 'em up quick!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

This is funny stuff! I wonder what some people are thinking. Now of course, the egg cartons I can understand, but that other stuff. Funny! Thanks for sharing, as I've never heard of this site!


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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks, Christoph! It's really a pretty cool organization, but some stuff really is funny!


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Research Analyst 7 years ago

This is great, I had not heard of this site but I will sure and sign up for it, and congrats on your one year milestone on hubpages.


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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks RA! I hadn't even realized it was my anniversary!


Freakcycle 6 years ago

People will take just about anything! It boggles the mind. All in all, I'm a huge fan of Freecycle, so much so that I write about it. I collect funny and strange Freecycle posts for my blog, Freakcycle. Feel free to submit any if you like or just visit and have a laugh!


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dineane 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

great blog, freakcycle :-) thanks for your comment.

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