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Re: update

Interesting that you and Cyndi are concerned about it. While there is crime in my area, I have heard of no-one who has had difficulty if they followed the rules.

I always ask that they call me regarding directions ( and so can capture their phone number with caller ID) , or have them give me their phone number so that I can call them. In addition, I have them state a possible pick-up time or tell them when it will be available, and either have them pick up at the street or when my husband is home.

I don't *Tell them that I only want them here when my husband is home, just like I don't tell them that he's not home if a phone call is for him. I just say it will be available between x and x . It's just common sense.

I also get a feel for who's likely to play fair by watching their offers and responses. Not only do frequent posters " offering" usually turn out to be reliable, our local groups encourage a giftee to respond with a thanks.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:34 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] update

I have to agree with Cyndi.... there have been a few suspicious
incidents in my area also. My DH has forbid me to offer or accept
anything. Sigh, it really is great for what it was intended to do, but
always, someone has to make a buck or cause havoc and basically ruin

Do you belong to a garden club? Maybe an announcement at the local meeting?


----- Original Message ----

Yes, I've used Freecycle successfully a few times but then I quit. I
don't like giving out my address, there is a lot of crime here and it
makes me uneasy. And there's no place out front to pile it unless they
took it straight out of the dumpster so whoever picked up the stuff
would have to drive into my back yard, and I definitely don't want
people I don't know back there.
Many many years ago, before we had sheep, we used to get free horse
manure from the boarding stables a few miles away. All you could haul!
We took advantage of that many a time. Who knew I would one day be
figuring out how to get rid of the stuff?


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Daryl
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 9:30 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] update


Do you have a freecycle group in your area? Horse manure is very popular
on our local lists, though of course the list leans very heavily towards
baby clothes, picture frames, toys, decorative items, computers,
furniture  and kitchenware, plus used appliances. I've gotten some neat
stuff, too - like enough leftover patio stone to make a walk-way.



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