Saturday, August 11, 2012

The wall of plenty

Here's a reliable phenomenon which always brings a smile to my face: London pavement freecycling. Got some random, broken old clobber you want rid of? Well, if you live hereabouts, just stick it outside your front door and it will be a matter of 1-2 hours before it vanishes.

It worked, and rapidly too, for a late-1990s computer monitor on the Uxbridge Road in Shepherd's Bush in 2008. And, here in Herne Hill, it works with a speed and consistency which is amusing.

Last night I stuck five wonky old bike wheels out (a couple of backs and three fronts), alongside two rather disreputable, non-matching folding garden chairs -- all of it went within the hour. There's still 6-ft of standard black downpipe out there -- but it'll go soon enough too. Other objects previously placed out on the wall of plenty include a tired looking -- but quite large -- Ikea bookcase, a plasticky CD rack, a brown tie, a martini glass, a long-defunct dishwasher, a pair of paint-spattered shorts and various DVDs of films which came free with The Observer or The Guardian ... a litany of largely useless crap. But still they come for it -- whoever they are...

2 comments:

Helen said...

I did it with an old chair recently. Then a week or so ago my flat mate locked herself out and had to stay upstairs in our neighbour's flat. Guess what she saw in their living room...

Also it works with almost everything. It does not however work with the old VHS cassettes which have been outside a house in East Dulwich for about 3 weeks now.

Graeme said...

Ha.. maybe I'll lock myself out one day, and discover that my neighbours have been squirrelling all of my dross, Martini glass and all.