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A store which rejects payment is open. Come down and pick up a bargain like no other - totally free.
So what exactly is the Free Shop?
It's an idea, a meme, that materialises every so often, and at assorted other times at countless other locations around this planet. It started because people tired of supporting an economy that destroys our planet and mercilessly exploits its inhabitants simply decided to take a step towards a more humane culture of sharing.
So they had a look around at their belongings, found some that might find new loving hands to make use of them, and gave them away. The rest is history.
What is the Free Shop selling, if it doesn't accept money? It's giving away the experience of total strangers making a deal which is a win for both. The shop keeper gains a smile, another beautiful moment in time, and the shopper gets an item they want - without any commercial engagement 'justifying' the interaction between strangers.
As children we still instinctively know that this planet has more than enough for everyone, and we share from a loving heart. As adults, we exchange most of our daytime in a 'job' to make some 'money', which in turn allows us 'consume' exciting products that make our neighbours and friends jealous.
Using money for exchange needs to be learned, and it can also be unlearned. The collection of 'merchandise' in the Free Shop is eclectic, because you'll never know what will be there. In a regular store, if you take some of the merchandise, you'll be called a thief; in the Free Store you can be shop assistant and shopper simultaneously.
Is it barter? Not really. We give away things anyway, to our friends, family, charity and sometimes even to begging strangers. New stock for the Free Shop is always welcome, but it doesn't need to happen in a reciprocal manner. Tit for tat doesn't necessarily create win-win situation. It's completely okay just to shop - if everyone had more than enough, poverty or homelessness wouldn't exist.
What can you do for the Free Shop? Become a happy shopper, and tell your friends about this wonderful place where some people simply spread out an odd collection of books, cds, clothing, foods, jewellery, art and more and give it away for free. Maybe mention how gratifying it can feel to see someone else being happy about getting something for nothing.
Don't expect at the moment that all needs are catered for - it's mostly things we want rather than need. Things turn into 'new' things once they change hands - no matter how 'old' they might be from a commercial perspective. Feel free to drop off your unwanted but perfectly loveable excess, be it from your garden, bookshelf, media shelf or wardrobe.
If you like the Free Shop idea, say hello on Facebook, come down and visit
Date is this Sunday 24th May!
Note the date is this Sunday!
Love this idea - i so hope it is a success!!
Event updated by Brad Kijlstra-Shone.