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Free Stuff! [May. 21st, 2007|09:47 am]
Douglas Spencer
I've been doing a lot of clearing up, as previously advertised, ably assisted (and directed) by watervole.

As a result of this about sixteen bags of recyclables, and eleven bags of rubbish, have been taken down to the site where they need to be taken -- and a complete "green" wheelie-bin (which is, in fact, blue) of recyclable two-litre Diet Coke bottles (squashed) has been accumulated for our regular household collection, which occurs tomorrow.

And I have a sofa on which three people (or four or five reasonably patient or friendly people) can simultaneously sit.

Hurrah!

As a result, we have unearthed assorted things for which I have no use, and which therefore qualify for inclusion in my first participation in the ever-popular "Free Stuff!" meme.

  • One cage, originally intended for chinchillas but probably suitable for any one of a variety of small mammals of similar size. It's about eighteen inches front-to-back, about two and a half feet wide and a little over thee feet tall. It's made of wire mesh with the wires about three-quarters of an inch apart, there's some internal furniture -- a ladder and a balcony.
  • One child's high chair, made of good quality wood in a light pine colour.
  • Loads of children's books, suitable for children of various ages up to about fourteen.
  • Two matching stools (like piano stools, but less robust and not adjustable for height), white painted mock-Queen Anne legs, light beige upholstered seats -- might make footstools, but they're a little high.
  • Random selection of cuddly toys, mostly teddies.
Also I'll be looking at ways of eBaying a large collection of small ceramic bears engaged in various [clean] activities, and a large collection of thimbles. There are probably about two hundred of each of these items. If anyone wants to leap in before they hit the Internet, or if anyone wants to manage their sale on my behalf for a cut, then please give me a shout.

In other news, I'm totally knackered and bits of me hurt. Ah well. I'm not used to carrying bin bags (or, indeed, to tidying up at all).
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-05-21 12:17 pm (UTC)
I'm in Bracknell, which is about half way between M3 j3 and M4 j10.

What sort of ages of books are you interested in? See Fran's comment (and my reply) below.
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[User Picture]From: lucas_t_bear
2007-05-21 09:12 am (UTC)
This...er..."Random selection of cuddly toys, mostly teddies" - it doesn't include *gulp* ursinehenry does it?

*whimper*

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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-05-21 12:13 pm (UTC)
He's quite safe, he's staying here with me.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-05-21 12:23 pm (UTC)
Well ... no doubt that's true. But I am, by nature, disinclined to keep things tidy on an ongoing basis.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-05-21 12:23 pm (UTC)
I think you might owe me fiddypee.
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[User Picture]From: sarah_mum
2007-05-21 09:40 am (UTC)
I presume you have been made aware of the wonders of Freecycle(TM), should any of these things not be snapped up by your FList ?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-05-21 12:20 pm (UTC)
I tried Freecycle before, and discovered that my local group was largely useless. It may have changed since, I don't know. I'll try to shift the stuff here first, and then take a view.
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[User Picture]From: flick
2007-05-21 09:42 am (UTC)
Could you measure the stool things for me? (I'm after a better seat for my dressing table.)
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-05-21 12:27 pm (UTC)
There are two of them, identical. They are sixteen and a half inches (42cm) tall, and seventeen inches by twelve (44cm x 30cm) wide.
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[User Picture]From: frandowdsofa
2007-05-21 10:01 am (UTC)
I am SOOOO tempted to say "how many children's books can you get in the car on Wednesday?", but that would be BAD and WRONG.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-05-21 12:18 pm (UTC)
What sort of ages of books are you interested in? See Lara's comment (and my reply) above.

... and I know I'm quite blind to that sort of thing, but what would be bad and wrong about that?
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[User Picture]From: pisica
2007-05-21 11:34 am (UTC)
If any of the cuddly toys are Jellycats, I would really like them as I collect them. (Not in a buying-off-eBay way, more a 'looking in charity shops' way.)
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-05-21 12:19 pm (UTC)
I have no idea whether they are or not. I'll do a bit of finding out... but see Lara's comment above.
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[User Picture]From: lproven
2007-05-21 12:36 pm (UTC)
Blimey. Good for you. I must come visit and view the transformation!

Suggestion: now, while it's tidy, hire these guys:

http://www.selclene.co.uk/
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-05-21 12:55 pm (UTC)
Ah, it's still far from tidy -- the big comfy chair next to the sofa still has a big pile of stuff, for example, and there's lots of other places where there are big piles of stuff.

But, but, but, ooooh sofa!
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From: ex_the_major316
2007-05-21 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yay for much production! Yell if you ever need someone to come over and flit around with a duster and frilly apron.

:)
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-05-21 06:07 pm (UTC)
It'll be a while before the place is fit to be dusted, but if you want to come round and wear an apron at me I could probably find you a vacuum cleaner...
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