Give stuff away
It’s really good to give stuff away this way. You de-clutter and other people get things they need for free. It’s green, it’s cheap and makes people feel good all round.
…except when, as happened a couple of times this time, people who come over say ‘have you got anything else we can have?’ or…’we need filing cabinets too – have you got any of those?’
For goodness sake, I’ve just given them a box of lever arch files for free. I didn’t advertise anything else. Can’t they be grateful for what they’ve been given?
One guy who came round was very friendly and chatty and he told me that he got a lot of things on Freecycle and often gave them away afterwards. Good policy I thought. For example, he got a free tile-cutter one day and then after he’d used it he put it back on Freecycle for someone else to use. Sensible.
The Best one – Soltan
The best one, though, was a lovely man called Soltan who came over to pick up a box of files. To my surprise and delight he brought me a nice bar of chocolate to say thank you. He was the only person who has ever brought anything in return for the freebies (I’ve given away furniture, fridges and a TV in the past but no one has brought anything in return). Good man! It taught me something – the freebie culture that I advocate, recycling, giving things away to help all round is great and we should all be doing it but how about bringing at least a token thank you for the things we’re given? It’s sad that he was the only one.
Anyway, I was so impressed by Soltan that when he told me that he had a big van and could do removals, and also tiling as it happens, I said I would certainly use his services next time I need them (I will soon). Not only that but I thought I’d tell everyone else about him. He lives in Wembley, NW London, has a nice big van and quoted me a really good price. I’m guessing he’s pretty competitive with his tiling too. If you’re interested his number is 07404 250965.
There – giving can certainly bring more to your door. I hope it does for Soltan.
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