La Vie En Rose for 2009 May 17 (entry 0)

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[Comments] (3) Streetcycle: While theoretically I'm an advocate of freecycle, the utility of trekking about London to get something that may or may not be what you actually want is questionable, as evidence by the time I walked half an hour to get what I thought was a yoga mat but was actually, fairly enough, some other type of "exercise mat." The chances of someone near you having what you want to spare -- and of them being on freecycle -- are greatly reduced when "near you" is limited to walking and public transportation. Sad. Well in London something else has popped up to fill in the gaps left by freecycle: street cycle. It's amazing how many times I've walked past just what I needed discarded to the street for anyone to take. Wooden fruit boxes for organizing. An organiser file. The other week it was a pair of uggs! They were filthy and a midge too small, but I threw them in the washer, thinking I don't have much to lose and since the main thing I wanted them for was evening trips to budgens, it hardly matters. Free! That's the way I like it. Of course, there are disadvantages. It's probably not legal. Extremities of weather might damage the item before you get to it. The uncertainty of whether a suitable new owner will come along before the trash collection does. But as far as convenience and serendipity goes, it can't be beat!

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Posted by Susie at Mon May 18 2009 00:08

Very cool!

Posted by John at Mon May 18 2009 15:58

People did that in the Kong. I don't think it was considered illegal to take the things people put on the street. If it was technically illegal, it wasn't enforced.

Posted by rachel at Tue May 19 2009 10:41

It's not illegal to take them, I don't think -- but leaving things in the street could be considered illegal dumping.

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