By Helen Pike
There is a new market in town, a market that runs on community instead of cash or trade. The Really Really Free Market is a
place where people can bring their unwanted items and look for new treasures.
The event, organized by Sarah Ovens and the Occupy Halifax movement, took place at the Khyber this Sunday, and boasted of being the first of its kind in the city.
“One person’s trash is another person’s treasure,” says Courtney Redden, explaining the spirit of the market. Redden is also a part of the Occupy movement, and helped organize the market. “This is kind of under the idea that although people are always needing things, there is always an abundance of stuff, and it is just a matter of redistributing things,” she says.
The market didn’t stop at unwanted items. It offered services like bike repairs, haircuts, gardening advice and food. Redden and her friends spent their St. Patrick’s day cooking and baking.
“It is really almost unheard of to give away free food or free things, so people are really unresponsive and think you are crazy,” says Redden. She says she has cooked and served food on Spring Garden road, and has never had a positive response.
“It is pretty busy in there,” says Adrienne Gasoir. She and a friend set up a lemonade stand outside, and brought things for the market. “When we started putting our stuff down it was crazy, there was twenty people surrounding us just grabbing stuff.”
Gasoir says the really really free market is a great idea, and that it helps bring people in the community together to recycle.
Redden thinks the market was a great success, it had a great turn out, and she hopes that it can become a regular event in the city.
Hours after the market the Facebook event page lit up with thank you’s and appreciation for the event.
“Here everyone knows what is going on and they come here with the mentality that they are not going to buy anything, they are not going to sell anything, but they are going to give and to get. It is completely different, and I am so glad that this is such a positive experience,” says Redden.
|“REALLY REALLY was a great triumph , watching from the bottom of the stairs, my guess was that certainly a thousand people came in and out over three hours from noon to 2:30 .”
|–David P Williams
Quote taken from Facebook
Jam Krawec repairs bikes outside of the Khyber for the Really Really Free Market