I am a member of a local Yahoo recycling group. Folks can offer items they have no need for. They can also post items that are wanted - these are the focus of my post today.
I am regularly surprised by what folks are asking for: Major, matching, working appliances, expensive exercise equipment, running automobiles, etc. I should point out that no money changes hands here, all of this stuff is supposed to be FREE.
I'm in favor of recycling - we all throw out perfectly good stuff, and it's filling the landfills. If someone else can get use out of it, God bless 'em. But don't expect total strangers to completely clothe your children, furnish your home, and support your cell phone habit (yes, there's about one cell phone wanted posting each week).
Here's a recent Wanted posting that got my big girl panties in a wad:
- At least 2, preferably 4 decent tires size P215/65 R15 or P205/60 R15.
- Working LP or electric stove.
- Working washer and dryer. Don't have to match, just work. If dryer is gas, it needs to be for LP gas.
- Chicken that lays eggs. I am down to just one now and she is laying an egg a day, but is lonely!
- Gutter material.
- Sliding windows, awnings or anything that can be useful if fixing up a rental trailer so I can get it rented.
- Carpet and pad.
- Hardwood or tile for my own house. I hate carpet!
Now I know that times are tough, so I can cut the guy some slack on the tires, and the stove. Even the washer and dryer, but his specificity about LP gas is starting to bug me. But I have to draw the line at lonely poultry! Lonely and loveless poultry, apparently, since his next request is a rooster!
He absolutely loses me on the rest of his requests. I will not support his desire to be a slumlord. Gutter material, used windows and awnings and carpet for his rental trailer? Eww. And then he finishes off with the personal request of hardwood or tile for his own home, since he is a master jeweler, after all, and can't have just ANY used flooring material for himself...only his future tenants get the gross used carpet and padding.
So, he wants people to give him stuff so he can earn rental income...and drive to his job...and eat eggs, and to wash that tuxedo once in a while. Hell, he wants someone to hook up his chicken (gives new meaning to the term 'wing man')!
This guy's wish list was extreme, but he's not the only one asking for stuff that I think folks should provide themselves. There are regular requests for birthday gifts for children and grandchildren (yeah, like every little girl wants the used Princess party supplies for her party. Buy your own damned gifts and decorations). There are requests for furniture, dishes, bedding, mattresses, and/or linens from the folks setting up housekeeping for the first time. I know for me, used sheets and towels just scream H-O-M-E!
For some unknown reason, I keep reading these messages. I'll stop when someone posts the first request for an organ (no, not the Hammond upright)...I'm talking body parts here. Mark my words, that day will come.