It all started when Ritas beloved food mixer broke down.
Living alone, making cakes was both her hobby and her salvation. Her brother
suggested that she should ask on Freecycle whether anyone had a broken
appliance of the same make and model and he would try to repair it. Lo and
behold, three hours after posting the message on the site, she received an
e-mail from someone who lived in her area offering to supply what she needed.
Without the baking to occupy her time, Rita took the opportunity
to declutter the house and placed the surplus items on Freecycle. E-mails came
thick and fast, and a steady stream of visitors called at her house to collect
the offered articles.
I could get used to this, thought Rita, who
didnt have much of a social life as she searched her now minimalist house
for more stuff to offer on the site.
While perusing the posts for wanted items, Rita came across an
offer of a table lamp with a porcelain base which she immediately requested,
thinking it would do for the entrance hall. She saw there were other useful
bits and pieces going free, many in mint condition and concluded that some
people must redecorate their rooms very regularly. Sometimes these items were
offered more than once with a note on the post stating that they would be taken
to the tip if a new home couldnt be found for them.
It was then that Rita hit upon her plan. She would take in
various items advertised on Freecycle from people who lived in her
neighbourhood, then she would readvertise them thus saving them from ending up
Ritas home was full to the rafters as she acquired
ornaments, foot spas, rugs, kitchenware and bedding. She handled the continual
flow of e-mails like an expert and everyone who called to the house to collect
an item was treated to a cup of tea and homemade cake.