For those of you that haven’t yet been introduced to Ferris, it’s your new favourite decluttering tool and freecycling bestie. Every single day, people post once-loved items up to be collected and taken away. Completely for free! Not only does this mean that the receiver gets something new without spending a penny, but that the giver frees up some space and that, together, they stop an item going to landfill.
Of course, as soon as I heard the premise I was sold (or freecycled?!) and had to get on and give away some items. After just a week, I feel like I’ve found my feet and know the dos and don'ts to success on the app. Save yourself some time with these tips and you’ll be freecycling like a pro in no time.
Lesson 1: A picture is worth a thousand words
I had a couple of chairs that had been cluttering up my hallway for more months than I’m willing to admit. At the back of my mind I had grand plans of selling them or taking them to a charity shop but, let’s be honest, that was never going to happen.
So, I quickly snapped a picture and posted them on Ferris. And… crickets…
Nobody seemed to want them even though they were in great condition. I decided to try to switch up the photos I had taken to see if it made a difference. Instead of ones snapped hastily in the evening, I waited for good lighting and set up a shot that actually did them justice. Within minutes I had a message and someone came to collect them the next day.
Hello, space in my hallway for a new lamp!
Lesson 2: The more you give, the more you get
Did you know that your Ferris profile includes how many times you’ve given and how many times you’ve gotten? These are the kinds of stats that people keep any eye out for, since they want to make a deal with someone who’s likely to see it through.
So my second lesson was definitely to dive head first into not only hunting down items I wanted, but also giving away things that I no longer needed.
Lesson 3: Erm…Be nice!
A lesson for life, surely?
But it’s true. If you’re considerate, kind and polite on the app, you’ll get much further. Not only is it the decent thing to do as a human, but people are likely to be more generous as a result too. For example, one person came to collect an item from me and ended up leaving with a bonus kettle too! I hadn’t even listed it yet, but they were so friendly that I couldn’t resist helping them to further furnish their first home.
If you’re ready to start your freecycling journey, be sure to download Ferris today. Just don’t forget these three tips!