Emily Burnham | BDN
Cristina Thurston, capital ambassador of the Bangor/Brewer Breadth Bandy and Advertise Facebook page.
If there’s one affair that brings all sorts of Mainers together, it’s the adulation of a acceptable bargain. Rich, poor, young, old, male, female, whatever — if you can acquisition that affair you’ve been absent for the appropriate price, you’re a blessed camper.
Which is why it’s not hasty that the New Bangor/Brewer Breadth Bandy and Advertise accumulation on Facebook boasts about 16,000 associates from all bread-and-er and amusing backgrounds. Everybody’s attractive for a deal, whether it’s in that accumulation or in any of the added bandy and advertise groups specific to the Bangor area.
On a accustomed day, those perusing the accumulation ability acquisition annihilation from a solid maple armoire to eight-point deer antlers; from full-season DVD sets of division bristles and six of “Quantum Leap” to commemorative “Lord of the Rings” cine light-up bubbler goblets. There’s brawl dresses, acclimated cars, old iPhones, rototillers, panini presses, grass-fed arena beef, best agrarian mushrooms, 4-wheelers, an unopened case of bottles of shampoo, milk pumps, six acreage of acreage in Greenbush, and fully-functional Victrola hand-crank phonographs.
In short: everything. If you’re attractive for a bargain, you’ll acquisition it on Bandy and Sell, a accumulation that’s accessible to association active no added arctic than Lincoln, and no added south and west than Winterport or Bucksport.
One of the bodies that manages the group’s near-constant beck of posts on both New Bangor/Brewer Breadth Bandy and Advertise and on a cardinal of added Bangor arena buy and advertise groups is Cristina Thurston. She is one of the admins who has the about full-time assignment of authoritative abiding the groups are accessible to read, accordant to alone the Bangor region, and — mostly — drama-free.
“Honestly, alike I can’t accept some of the things bodies column on there,” said Thurston, 48, a built-in of Alton who now lives in Old Town. “There’s everything. I beggarly everything. There’s fights. Best bodies are absolutely nice, but sometimes bodies can be a little nasty. It’s a little crazy. It’s a lot of work.”
A few years back, Thurston developed affection problems, abrogation her clumsy to assignment in her above profession as a medical secretary. Afterwards activity from alive 60 hours a anniversary to not alive at all, she began to go activity crazy, so Thurston absitively in 2009 to alpha and administer and buy and advertise accumulation in Milford. Afresh she started one for Old Town. And then, aback the old Bangor/Brewer Breadth Bandy and Advertise accumulation shut bottomward in 2012 afterwards its above admins got annoyed of the connected demands of managing the site, Thurston started the “New” Bangor/Brewer Breadth Bandy and Sell.
“I’ve consistently been acceptable with computers, and I’m acceptable at befitting things organized,” said Thurston. “Facebook changes every two weeks. There’s consistently a altered way to add pictures or architecture pictures or annul things. I’ve absolutely got to break up to date on how they change it.”
She now manages ten Bangor breadth groups in total, including Aloof Clothes, Aloof Kids Stuff, Aloof Women’s Actuality and Aloof Men’s Stuff, all geared appear specific groups of people, which lessens the ataxia of the capital Bangor/Brewer site. Thurston says added than bisected of the posts on that accumulation are clothes, which infuriates a ample allotment of the all-embracing members.
“Oh, bisected of them would be captivated if cipher anytime acquaint clothes again. And afresh there are bodies that adulation it. And if you ask bodies what they want, you can apprehend some absolutely nice comments, and you can apprehend the aftermost comments you can imagine,” said Thurston. “Now, if bodies column added than bristles pieces of accouterment per day, I aloof annul stuff.”
There are a few basal rules in the accumulation — namely, amusement others as you’d appetite to be treated, and if you’re the aboriginal actuality to accurate your own claimed absorption in an account by commenting on a post, you accept aboriginal dibs. Bodies can advertise annihilation they’d like, with a few exceptions. Among the alone things Thurston doesn’t acquiesce to be awash are accoutrements — it’s controversial, and the accident of actuality the agency by which addition purchased a gun and afresh did article actionable are aloof too aerial for abundance — and adult-themed items or biologic paraphernalia. And, of course, baseborn goods.
“I accumulate an eye on all the sites in the breadth for bodies that ability be affairs baseborn appurtenances or scamming people,” she said. “I assignment with accident blockage agents from the [Bangor] Mall and from some added big food and they’ll active me if they acquisition out article has been stolen. I’ve formed with the police. Sometimes, association will annul actuality if they apperceive I’m assimilate them. But I get screenshots. You’ve got to be appealing impaired to column that actuality on Facebook.”
For the best part, though, bodies are affable — and in abounding cases, they are acceptable and thoughtful. Thurston and the added admins in September do aback to academy accouterment drives from accumulation associates for two admirable families in the area, and they additionally will accumulate domiciliary items for families that accept absent homes in fires, or that are experiencing austere affliction or injury.
“People accord chargeless goods. Bodies are entrepreneurs, too, and will action their casework or actuality they’ve made. It’s a absolutely abundant appointment for that affectionate of thing,” said Thurston. “I’ve met some absolutely agitating bodies on this site.”
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