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Freecycle May Have What You Need

Freecycle May Have What You Need

Posted - Aug. 5, 2004 at 3:44 p.m.



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(KSL News) -- How can you get furniture, clothes, electronics, even pets for free? As Trina Robinson shows us, everything you've been looking for may be just a click away, and there are no fees, no catches and no charges.

It's a virtual junkyard where everything is free!

Eileen Young, "Somebody had a chandelier they were giving away -- sofa loveseat and chair that they were distributing."

Eileen Young is in charge of the internet message board Freecycle, Fort Lauderdale. How does it work? People sign up then post things they don't need anymore. The only rule: it must be free.

Eileen Young, "And somebody else will come up right along like a minute later, literally one minute later, and will reply to you going, 'Oh, my goodness! I have been looking for one of those.'"

They email you and arrange to pick it up.

Eileen not only gives, she receives. "The first time I went on I found a chair for my dad." An electric chair that cost $900 new. Her 82-year-old father uses it.

Edward R. Luttenberger, "We got it for nothing. How she got it, I don't know. She traded with somebody on the Internet or whatever it is."

Fort Lauderdale Freecycle founder Ronald Caldwell says it's anything goes.

Ronald Caldwell: "I even had people put pets up there that wanted to get a good home for them. And it just seems everything you have, somebody else needs."

Trina Robinson: "My producer had this television set. She doesn't use it anymore. So she figured she'd give it away. Now the cord is slightly damaged, but as you can see, it still works. I had dozens and dozens of silk scarves. I don't wear scarves, but maybe someone does. So they can have them. Then, for a story, we once used just a couple of sprays out of this bottle of perfume -- Poison, by Christian Dior. So we went to Freecycle, signed up, and now we're going to start giving stuff away. We got replies within minutes!”

Some safety notes: if you're concerned about safety, you don't have to have people come to your home. You can arrange pickups at your workplace or even a parking lot. And you don't have to give your full name.

Freecycle has websites in 1100 cities, including Salt Lake City, with more than 310,000 people using the service.

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