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Lancaster PA adds an “RRFM” area to its market

via  LancasterOnline –  Market returns – News.

On Saturday, June 4, the market will add an area of donated items that will be distributed for free. “The Really, Really Free Market” (RRFM) will promote recycling and reuse of goods, as well as provide community members with items they need in these difficult financial times, said a spokesperson for the Lancaster Market.

Interesting idea.  At Lancaster, PA, the RRFM is becoming a regular feature of the full Lancaster Outdoor Market.  So the RRFM idea will be tucked in with all the other features of the Lancaster Market — produce, baked goods, Community Supported Agriculture, urban gardening, crafts, etc.

Eric “Gub” Snyder

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Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market – Update

the Really Really Free Market, Mayday weekend ...

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Our Really Really Free Market has begun to take on a mind of its own.  We now have people contacting us to partner and that in itself is impressive.

Of course, the general market will be as it was planned from day one.  A Reuse to Reduce the amount of perfectly good items being prematurely recycled or sent to the landfill.  Drop what you don’t want; Take what you need!

The market is comprised of departments and the distribution starts at 10 a.m.  Our volunteers arrive at 8 a.m. to start setting up for drop offs that begin at 8:30 a.m.

We have invited several people to attend the market and we are expecting Vanier City Councillor Mathieu Fleury to arrive around 11 a.m.  I’m sure that Mr. Fleury will attract media attention and this is good for the ORRFM.  The more people that become aware of freecycling and gifting economies and begin to practice it, the less flow of items being prematurely recycled/trashed.

My favorite part of the market this year is Project Priceless: The Wedding Experiment.  Brian and Jordan are trying to get married for as cheap or free as possible.  I have been following Jordan as she finds creative and inventive ways to get things done.  Full Circles members have been contributing items and they will be at the market to meet, greet and collect donations from their fans.

This is not our first FullCircles Wedding,  it’s just been more publicized than most.  Our Fall market will feature the Tiny Budget Wedding and, if you have Chinese lanterns to offer, Lisa our Tiny Budget bride will be attending the spring market as a volunteer.

Of course, our eWaste Collector RD Long Computers is back with the big truck to collect all the unwanted electronics for the day.  Many will not understand this concept but in order to protect the citizens of the city, any electronics will be placed in eWaste on this particular day.  We can not risk that someones identification might be stolen by someone who is not a member of Full Circles and who can’t be found after the fact should this occur.

We are introducing for the first time a farmers/garden market.  Our sister group, Ottawa Plantcycle, will be in attendance.  We are hoping that people all over the city will want to bring seeds, cuttings, house plants and garden tools and accessories to share with other gardeners.

Once again, we will be doing a city wide donation for the Ottawa Food Bank.  The food will benefit the community and our Food Bank Sponsor, Feddie Osman from Holmes heating, will run the collection.  Feddie offers information on great H.V.A.C. deals from Holmes heating and for every sales lead Feddie donates a meal to the food bank…what more could the food bank ask for?

I am hoping for a re-purposing demonstration team to show people some of the simple things around the house that you can use for other things instead of throwing them out.  I have my milk delivered and at the top of those milk jugs are pulls that make the greatest cat toys ever.  They love to chase the plastic circles around.  I also have tops from those milk bottles that make the perfect furniture slides…so there are a lot of things you might have kicking around you never thought about using.

I have been contacted by the CIBC and they too wish to become involved.  We have been offered leaf collection bags, a very timely offer, to give away to everyone as long as supplies last.  We also hope to have volunteers from the bank helping us on that day.  Of course, we extend thanks to TD Friends of the Environment to whom we owe gratitude for their financial support for freecycling over the years with donations for such things as brochures, business cards, signage, and web hosting.

Another new addition to the market is the free BBQ and Raffle.  This is still tentative as I fill out forms trying to find donations of hot dogs, buns, drinks and a BBQ.  I have been offered a few nice items for the free raffle table.  For anyone who donates an item to the raffle your business will receive full credit and we hope that this promotes business for any business that donates.

Our media releases will start going out at the beginning of May.  We hope to welcome even more people into the market in the form of small business who want to promote themselves and share samples of their wares and we have approached several other charities in an effort to help find items for the good work that they are doing.

I will be starting our volunteer drive this week and I also want to promote our event on the free advertising pages which can be challenging.  If you know of a charity or a project that would like to show themselves off for the day you are more than welcome to give them my email address or contact me yourself.

I’m looking forward to June 4th and to meeting everyone who joins us to make this one of the greatest events that the City of Ottawa has ever seen.  Where else can you go and know that no matter what it is you do there it is all entirely FREE!

Kelly-Ann Wilson
Creator – Ottawa’s Really Really Market
Facilitator – Full Circles Ottawa

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The concept of the Free Market originated in San Francisco and was started by a woman whose goal it was to share with others.  Kirsten Brydum was murdered in New Orleans on a biking trip and Freegans world wide mourned her death.

In an effort to pick up the torch, I created Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market with the help of my Full Circles Ottawa team and our groups members. I turned it into a ReUse to Recycle event in an effort to raise awareness for freecycling and to lessen the impact created by recycling usable items to soon. It has become my legacy and my gift to the residents of the City of Ottawa…the market really belongs to them.

Last year, plagued by a lack of organization and not having planned an event of this kind I found that I had to wade my way through a lot of politics and paper work. We have ironed out most of the wrinkles and have a lot more time for planning this year. I really feel that we can overcome all of the problems that we didn’t anticipate with the forerunner.

In the end we managed to pull it off without spending a dime and sticking to the principle that “everything” was free. This wasn’t easy but its not impossible. Never say never….

This year I’m looking forward to the market expanding greatly in size and we are welcoming new partners to improve on what we have already done. We will be once again be encouraging food bank donation.   Our free vendor and group member, Feddie Osman from Reliance Holmes Heating, will head the drive for our local food bank, Partage Vanier and will have a donation station for those who want to drop off food.

Group Owner Val Griffin has partnered her Plantcycle group with Full Circles Ottawa and this year we will host a garden/farmers market section which is new. I’m looking forward to seeing a sea of green and gardening tools as well as any home grown/made product that people wish to share.

Our group member RD Long computers will return to collect eWaste and we will once again welcome trade show vendors who are willing to offer free information and samples of their wares. Because we don’t allow any sales on market day we offer small business an opportunity to interact with the public and advertise themselves as well as taking and making orders. However, no money changes hands.

Last year we designed our market into departments to make shopping simpler. We estimate that we processed a minimum of 5,000 pounds and not an ounce of that weight made it to a landfill. Just think, all of those things might have gone into the garbage and the people who would have suffered are the ones who benefited greatly from our event.

This year we will have 2 markets, The Spring Edition and the Fall Version. You are all formally invited to join us for our first Market day on June 4, 2011 in the parking lot in front of the Vanier CSC located at the corner of Montreal Road and Begin Street (across from the Jean Coutu) .

Remember Reusing to Recycle will greatly reduce the impact that our practice of disposing of items to soon is making on our planet. Like fellow team member Manuel Costa says “Keep it green.  We all live downstream”.

See you on Market Day!

Kelly Wilson
Creator of Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market

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