What do you need? What do you have? May 20, 2020 5:18 PM   Subscribe

If anyone in the Seattle area needs a well-established Sourdough starter and is willing to come pick it up in the Southwest, me mail me and I’ll arrange to leave a container on my porch for you. This is a thread for anyone who has too much of something to offer to give it away and too little of something to make requests.
posted by bq to MetaFilter-Related at 5:18 PM (39 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

This is awesome, thanks bq!

If anyone in the PDX area has some livestock panels or something that I could use to protect a 4x4 raised bed from critters, I would surely appreciate it. This is the first garden I've had other than a small container garden and I think I'll be heartbroken if it's destroyed by hungry animals or naughty neighborhood cats.

I'll take a look around and see what I could offer!
posted by fairlynearlyready at 5:29 PM on May 20, 2020

If anyone in the SF bay area needs yeast, I've got quite a bit (I bought a 1lb brick after clearing out my fridge during a move in January) and would be happy to put some in a ziploc or something. No car so you might need to come to pick up, but if you're within a ~10mi radius of downtown Sunnyvale I would be happy to bike it over and get some exercise in the process!
posted by btfreek at 5:57 PM on May 20, 2020 [2 favorites]

If anyone in DC needs men's size 11 Sorel bedroom slippers, some were just delivered to me by accident. I was told to keep them so they're up for grabs!
posted by kinsey at 6:35 PM on May 20, 2020 [1 favorite]

I have some fabric ear loop face masks that I could mail within the US. They are unused/barely used (and I would wash them once more for good measure). There's nothing wrong with them, I just found a style that works better for my particular face.

For local contactless pickup if anyone is in the Long Beach, CA area- I'm moving and have some plants (succulents) that probably won't get enough sun at the new place. And gardening supplies - chicken wire and some plastic nursery pots.

I also have an old sewing machine that could use a good home.
posted by dogwalker3 at 7:20 PM on May 20, 2020 [1 favorite]

Glendale, CA.
* If you can fit into 30/31" waist 30/31" inseam jeans, I have a stack (at least one still has tags) that I'll never fit into again. Or you just want some denim for crafting. I have a bunch of old clothes for 5'7" 150# size if you just want fabric. They've been sitting around in trash bags for ages or the eventual Goodwill run.
* Do you want a Wii/Fit and a couple of games? Used for the 6 months nephews were young enough to play Mario Kart with uncle before going all X-Box on me. Some DS games floating around as well.
* Wanna swap a small InstaPot thing for a big InstaPot thing?
* Make candy? A whole shoebox full of FlavorArt 8ml samples.

Probably not to helpful unless you need some pants.
posted by zengargoyle at 6:20 AM on May 21, 2020 [1 favorite]

North Brooklyn, Fort Greene/Clinton Hill area.

* If you need portable file storage cases, I have one plastic box with a handle, kind of like this one, and three cardboard expanding ones, also with handles; two are a pretty decorative style, but the pockets are big enough to hold legal-size sheets, and one is more utilitarian, and also has organizational categories preprinted on the tabs ("Insurance", "bills", "taxes", etc.).

* I also have a small portable charcoal grill to offer that looks kind of like this. Never used.

* Depending on how good I get at it, I may also be able to start offering handmade simple notebooks. (I am trying to do something with the backlog of pretty paper that I bought over the past ten years because "I think I'll be able to do something with it someday", and this is all I can think to do.) Will advise when I have some.

* I'm looking for: wall frames suitable for single photos, both snapshots and 5x7 inch ones, preferably without a mat, in any color and any condition. And I do mean any condition - I was going to be hitting up a junk shop for this project right before the world caught on fire; I'm deliberately hoping for a non-matchy-shabby-chic look.

* I could also use generic random crafting supplies, like adhesives, glues, paints, cutting tools, spray varnish...I'm also tentatively willing to accept washi tape, depending on the design.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:32 AM on May 21, 2020

Oh, and a RasperryPi (2 I think) kit with book, breadboard, little electronic doo-hickeys that I never got around to... If you or a youngster wants to make blinking lights and go through the projects.
posted by zengargoyle at 6:34 AM on May 21, 2020

Oh crap, forgot one -

* I have a couple of rubber stamps mounted on wood that I can also offer - they should have a bit of a clean, but still work. Designs include: a teddy bear, a unicorn, a couple butterflies, the word "Menu", the word "Recipe", and the quote "If this gets into the hands of the Russians, it's curtains for the free world."

* I also have some stamp pads in random colors that are running low on ink but may probably be refill-able? I think?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:35 AM on May 21, 2020

If anyone in or adjacent to the NW Chicago 'burbs needs masks let us know. We'll put some on our porch for you.

Comrade Doll has been making them constantly since being furloughed and while she's now giving most of them to an area group home, we have some to spare. Nothing needed in return, though if you have any quilting fabric or elastic to spare, that would help keep the assembly line going.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:41 AM on May 21, 2020 [4 favorites]

Upper West Side, NYC:

I have a surplus of drought tolerant flower seeds I saved from my rooftop garden last year cosmos, yellow and orange marigolds and Blanket flower plants (all mixed up in a flower mix- i didn't think to separate them out, so them's the breaks). I also have an excess of cinnamon basil seeds (not to my taste), and mini bell pepper seeds.

I also have sourdough starter: I've been making it since before it was cool.

I don't particularly need anything right now. I can't really go anyplace to deliver it, but happy to hand off seeds or starter on the stoop.
posted by larthegreat at 6:48 AM on May 21, 2020

I have a gazillion seed beads, kind of organized, in case anyone has a teenager (or whoever! Kids! Adults! Seniors!) who could use a craft for the summer.
I also have leftover bean (pole and bush) and pea seeds if anyone's keen on starting them for fall. My spider plant is going nuts so I have spider plant babies.

I'm looking for paint supplies (like, painting pictures on a canvas, not painting walls) and a sourdough starter. I'm in NE Mpls and would be cool with a front stoop hand off. And I'll keep an eye on this thread for needs of other Twin Citians...we have all sorts of stuff in the basement that I'm not even thinking of. Anyone want 300,000 baseball cards??? (just kidding, Herr Duck would be devastated if even one disappeared).
posted by Gray Duck at 8:09 AM on May 21, 2020

North of Seattle:

I'm sewing masks to give away. Pick-up, no mailing (for my sanity). They're the pleated kind, and don't have nose wires.
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:06 AM on May 21, 2020 [1 favorite]

Flatbush, Brooklyn: got a bunch of baker's yeast (thanks to a fellow mefite) and too many kombucha scobys, as well as a sourdough starter I can share, if anyone nearby wants a project!
posted by ferret branca at 10:11 AM on May 21, 2020

Suggestion: Set up as a bunch regional IRL "swap meet" events so it's easier to search by geography and people nearby can get updates if they like. This thread could be for stuff that can be shipped anywhere.
posted by yeahlikethat at 10:39 AM on May 21, 2020 [17 favorites]

I don't have an absolute ton of seeds or especially exotic seeds, but I'm happy to offer a few starter packages of warm-weather vegetables (tomato, pepper, eggplant, cucumber, summer squash, pollinator-friendly flowers) to new or cash-strapped gardeners. Also happy to do some swaps with anyone who's bored with what they've got and like mail. (Particularly if you like a challenge - I've got some eggplant and tomato seeds I've had a terrible time getting to germinate or make it all the way to true leaves.)

I just ordered a pound of yeast and can spare some, assuming I actually get it. LA/SFV area.
posted by Lyn Never at 10:40 AM on May 21, 2020

Good idea! Done for Portland. https://irl.metafilter.com/4437/Online-Swap-Meet-Portland-OR
posted by aniola at 10:57 AM on May 21, 2020 [1 favorite]

Suggestion: Set up as a bunch regional IRL "swap meet" events so it's easier to search by geography and people nearby can get updates if they like.

posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:58 AM on May 21, 2020

Added one for NYC.
posted by praemunire at 11:38 AM on May 21, 2020 [1 favorite]

Boston area, Waltham/Watertown/Cambridge/Belmont/Arlington: I have 4-3/4 boxes of matzahs, if anyone wants them.
posted by Melismata at 12:06 PM on May 21, 2020 [2 favorites]

I anyone in So. Maine needs flour, I have some 5 lb. bags of white flour at cost.
zengargoyle, would happily reimburse postage for the pi, thanks.
posted by theora55 at 12:08 PM on May 21, 2020

I've got some extra tomato seedlings to offer in Providence RI and I've gotten kind of into propogating houseplants so I have some of those too-- succulents and pothos mostly.
posted by geegollygosh at 2:59 PM on May 21, 2020

I have been thinking about posting something like this and have not done it, thank you bq. I have (almost?) all the random herbs and spices (and a few other lightweight things) in the recipes you might have been salivating over. Curry leaf, Szechuan pepper, sodium citrate, mustard powder, ajowan, blade mace...

Not gonna lie, my spice cabinet smells amazing, but it's quite a bit of volume to get through when you add it all up. Some of it is probably expired, but I would check before sending, or just send it anyway and let you decide :)

I'll figure out a way to get a packet to you in the mail if you've been thinking about a recipe and just need that little something. Can we keep this thread for by-mail swapping?
posted by slenderloris at 4:00 PM on May 21, 2020 [1 favorite]

Pittsburgh: My fiance and I are packing to move to our new (owned!) house, and we are getting rid of a lot of furniture, chairs, clothes, bookshelves, etc. If you need anything, Pittsburgh, just ask and if it's not kid-related I likely have it or I will help you get it. (If it's kid-related, I'll help you get it, but I definitely don't have it.)

If you have thoughts about places in Pittsburgh that are accepting donations like these (unfortunately the ReStore seems to be not accepting donations right now and that was our original plan), we'd love to have those suggestions too.
posted by none of these will bring disaster at 4:46 PM on May 21, 2020 [2 favorites]

Vermont: I had a random friend from high school mail me a bunch of quick rise yeast. I'm stoked to have some but I don't need much and now I have a jar of it plus six packets. I don't know if yest is still on short supply anywhere (it is here) but would put a packet of Fleischman's RapidRise in the mail anywhere in the US. DM me.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 6:03 PM on May 21, 2020

need: a nap
have: too much ennui
posted by poffin boffin at 2:02 AM on May 22, 2020 [13 favorites]

I'm on Oahu, and I have jigsaw puzzles and toilet paper.
posted by Snarl Furillo at 3:22 AM on May 22, 2020

I'm in the UK, sat next to my new 3D printer. If anyone needs some random plastic crap, hit me up!
posted by pipeski at 6:10 AM on May 22, 2020 [5 favorites]

Sacramento, Davis, Vacaville area: I have kids books (picture books through ~4th grade reading level) that I would love to trade for 4-5th grade reading level books.
posted by sacrifix at 10:52 AM on May 22, 2020

Cleveland, Ohio area

I have yeast. I bought a 1# block and it's more than I'll ever need. I can mail small packages too.
posted by kathrynm at 11:18 AM on May 22, 2020

Metrowest Boston: I have a bunch of fluorescent shop lights free to whomever wants them. There are 2x 8 footers and a bunch of 4 footers. They need to be wired up, they are not plug in.
posted by bondcliff at 6:14 PM on May 22, 2020

If anyone in Philly needs washable cloth masks, lmk.
posted by lazaruslong at 6:22 PM on May 22, 2020


We have yeast to share, thanks to tavella's earlier generosity. Can drop it off anywhere roughly between downtown and Fruitvale, or if you want to stop by we can do a distanced exchange.

Do you want a nice drop-leaf table with insertable panels to accommodate more people? If you can come pick it up we'll bring it down to the corner. I have happy childhood memories of 8+ people eating Thanksgiving dinner around this table, but we live in a 1-bedroom apartment and haven't had 8 people over to visit ever.

As far as what we could use, if anyone local has a scoby to spare, that would be awesome. (We're home, let's start fermenting our own kombucha instead of buying it.)

And if anyone has any curry leaves to spare — or, daring to dream, a plant seeding — I would be so thankful. Somebody not me (ahem!) got overzealous cleaning the freezer and threw out all my painstakingly individually shrink-sealed packages of leaves, to my dismay.
posted by Lexica at 8:03 PM on May 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

I actually stopped making masks due to lack of interest. I could start again, as I still have more material. I make the pleated kind, with a pocket for a filter and a nose wire. Washable but the nose wire needs rebending after. I’ve made some for kids (as young as 3); don’t have any of those right now but I can make them. Memail me if you’re in need; I’m in PHX but can mail.
posted by nat at 2:22 AM on May 23, 2020

I'm in the Laurel district of Oakland, and I also have quite a lot of yeast to share...
posted by suelac at 9:03 PM on May 23, 2020

Hey! I'm in need, though it's more about direct assistance than not. Does anyone have an ear to the ground on active Baltimore-local (or adjacent) resources or mutual aid funds? My exposure to COVID has made finding secure housing difficult, which I need.
posted by Ashen at 2:34 PM on May 25, 2020

DC - I recently bought way too much dried thyme and bay leaves and would be more than happy to share some.
posted by ryanshepard at 10:24 PM on May 28, 2020

I got my Raspberry Pi from zengargoyle! Thank you!
posted by theora55 at 7:08 PM on June 13, 2020 [1 favorite]

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