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5/5: Yard and Barter Sale at the Jones-Rounds’

From McKenzie…

We’re moving to the Aurora Pocket Neighborhood soon and looking to seriously downsize. Lucky for you, we have tons of nice stuff to get rid of!

Come to our Yard and Barter Swap Sale
Sun May 5, 1-4 pm
During Streets Alive!
713 N Cayuga St
Ithaca, NY

Some things you can expect us to be giving away or selling:
Various household knick knacks
Clothes (adult and children)
Toys
Electronics
Furniture (either now or when we move – claim it now!)
Magazines and other publications

Some things we would like to get from trades:
Energy efficient appliances
Medicine cabinet
Bunk beds
High quality wooden bookshelves and/or someone to make built-in shelves

Thanks and hope to see you there, for barter or worse!!!
McKenzie

Teresa and Jeremy Installed a Little Free Library!

Teresa and Jeremy, active participants in the Share Tompkins community, just installed a “Little Free Library” in front of their house! It’s an awesome way to share books with your neighbors. Here’s what Teresa has to say…

Little Free Libraries

The Little Free Libraries were started in Wisconsin in late 2010 as a way of promoting literacy and community through the use of small, publically accessible book exchanges. When my husband and I recently went back to Wisconsin for a friend’s wedding, we found ourselves charmed by the variety and number of Little Free Libraries in our old neighborhood, and decided to bring a little of that magic back to Ithaca with us.

Building

We spent some time thinking about how to build a weathertight yet accessible little box, but after looking at the plans available at their website and considering our meager construction skill, we decided to buy one made from recycled materials. However, someone with more time and ability than me could certainly put one together in a weekend or two from any combination of found, recycled, or purchased materials. Most of the ones we’ve seen are about the size of a small laundry basket, with a door to keep out the elements. One of the cleverer designs I’ve seen is actually the next-nearest Library – a repurposed phone kiosk just outside Syracuse University’s Library and Information Science department. Photo here

Location

We live on a busy street with a fair amount of foot, car, and bike
traffic, so we didn’t need to look farther than our own front yard. But other libraries are located in a wide variety of public and private places – outside of businesses, homes, and schools.

Books

We’re book fiends, and always have a stack of books to be passed along to other readers. Our Little Library is new, but I hope that it will become a neighborhood resource for exchanging beloved titles.

If you’d like to browse the Library and trade some books, or if you want a library of your own and want to see it in person, please stop by 1039 Hanshaw Rd. to check it out!

See you this Friday at the Really Really Free Market at Southside

Don’t forget, this Friday, 4-8pm at Congo Square Market at Southside Community Center, we’ll be hosting a Really Really Free Market. Bring stuff to give away, or just bring an empty tote bag and fill it up. I know we’re planning on bringing a lot of stuff ourselves, including housewares and office supplies – come take it so we don’t have to bring it back home!

Click here for more info about the event, RSVP on Facebook, and please tell your friends.

7/6/12: Summer Really Really Free Market at the Congo Square Market

July 6, 2012, 4-8pm
Southside Community Center
305 S. Plain St, Ithaca, NY 14850
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Ready to share? Come on down to the Congo Square Market to get some food, check out local vendors, and share with your neighbors! In the Share Tompkins Really Really Free Market area, everything is free!

Event partners include Southside Community Center, Ithaca Freeskool, Local First Ithaca, and Ithaca Hours.

How it works: There will be tables set up where you can drop off your stuff. All are welcome to take whatever they want on a first-come, first-serve basis. This is an opportunity to help one another meet our needs while reducing waste and helping the environment!

What to bring:
- Clothing
- Food
- Toys
- Books
- Household Items
- Plants
- Anything you want to share!

All left over items will be donated, but it will help the organizers tremendously if you plan to take home any items you bring that aren’t picked up by others.

About the Congo Square Market:
CONGO SQUARE is an actual place in new Orleans. This sacred ground was first used by Houma Native Americans and later by slaves in the region, as a place to enjoy one day of freedom. African people used this as a place to maintain a connection to their true status as free people of Africa. Native Americans, as well as Europeans often joined in the celebration. Music, abolitionist organization, food, and dance were all intertwined to make this one day a week festival. Today, we recreate our own version of this splendor at Southside Community Center. We welcome our WHOLE COMMUNITY to come enjoy food, music and culture. The Market is a collaboration between Southside Community Center, Ithaca Youth Bureau’s Paul Scheurs Memorial Program, TC Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Whole Community Project, and the Youth Farm Project.

About Really Really Free Markets from Wikipedia:
“The Really, Really Free Market (RRFM) movement is a horizontally-organized collective of individuals who form a temporary market based on an alternative gift economy.[1] The RRFM movement aims to counteract capitalism in a proactive way. It holds as a major goal to build a community based on sharing resources, caring for one another and improving the collective lives of all. Markets often vary in character, but they generally offer both goods and services. Participants bring unneeded items and food, as well as skills and talents such as entertainment or haircuts. A RRFM usually takes place in an open community space such as a public park or community commons. In practice these are not free markets at all, as heavy restrictions are placed on the trade of goods designed to prevent a practical medium of exchange from arising.”

Share Tompkins featured in The Center for a New American Dream’s “Guide to Sharing”

The Center for a New American Dream “helps Americans to reduce and shift their consumption to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and promote social justice.” Sounds like a great mission to us!

They have collaborated with one of our favorite sites, Shareable.net, to create a free PDF “Guide to Sharing” that you can download from their site. The guide is full of great tips and resources and even includes a couple of shout-outs to Share Tompkins on page 2.

3/30: Swap at Fire on the Wire Studios

Friday, March 30, 2012, 3-6pm
Fire On The Water Studios
317 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850

Bring what you want to purge from your life (clothes, housewares, and whatnot)… take what you need, or think you must have :)

2/1: Gallery Swap

Support Share Tompkins and check out Fire on the Water Studios, a fresh gallery and art education space, while swapping your goods and making new friends!

Share Tompkins Gallery Swap
Wednesday, February 1, 5-7 pm
Fire on the Water Studios
317 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca

Bring to share/swap/buy/sell/trade/talk about:
Clothing for adults and children
Toys
Art
Books, movies, music, and other media
Craft supplies
Preserved food
Graphic design services
Dog walking
etc.

Don’t have anything to trade? Don’t worry! Come empty handed and see what relationships you can foster.

Contact McKenzie (717-903-4871/grasswriter@gmail.com) with any questions.
We hope to see you there!

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Check out Fire on the Water

12/18: 3rd Annual Craft Swap and Really Really Free Market

Sunday, December 18, 2011, 2-4pm
The Space @ Greenstar
700 W Buffalo Street, Ithaca, NY

Mark your calendars, get out your knitting needles, brush off your art sets! Bring arts, crafts, food, and anything to swap or give away. Tell your friends, tell your families, tell your former enemies!

To get involved or for more information, contact Danny Bowers at dannybowers@gmail.com.

More details coming soon…

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12/8: Take It Or Leave It Sustainable Gift Swap

Thursday, December 8, 2011, 8am-5pm
Emerson Suite B in Campus Center at Ithaca College

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Looking for some interesting gifts for friends and family but not looking to break your bank account? Need to get rid of some stuff? Come to Ithaca College’s Take It Or Leave It sustainable gift swap, where you can do both of these things! The gift swap is brought to you by ICES (the IC Environmental Society), REMP (IC’s Resource and Environmental Management Program), and Share Tompkins.

Donate your gently used clothes, odds and ends, school supplies, kitchen supplies, books, movies, etc. to the gift swap and avoid sending it to the landfill. And rather than buying something new and increasing demand for extraction of natural resources, you may find something that one of your loved ones could really use or appreciate.

The event will be held Thursday, December 8th, from 8am – 5pm in Emerson Suite B in Campus Center at Ithaca College. Drop off your donations as early as 8am or any time throughout the day until 5pm, and browse for as long as you wish.

There will also be food (including vegan hot chocolate!), music, and fun such as face painting and hula hooping, and space to just take a break and kick back. We will also be raffling off sustainable items and gift certificates to local businesses, such as Finger Lakes ReUse and Collegetown Bagels.

This event is entirely free and open to the public. The more the merrier! For additional info and individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations contact Margaret Keating.

I’ve got something you want: Share Tompkins Open House

On 
Saturday, November 19th, 2-4pm, join us at the Worker’s Center for an open house / Ithaca Freeskool class all about Share Tompkins!

Share Tompkins (a local mutual aid network formed in May 2009) wants to share what we’ve learned so far! Come talk with us about free local resources, how to trade goods and services equitably, and how bartering can help us save money and make connections.

Hosted by Tompkins County Workers’ Center, 115 MLK St., above Autumn Leaves on the Commons.

Facilitators: Marina, Danny and Ari – ari@shirari.com, 607.821.0654

More info:
http://sharetompkins.wordpress.com

This class is a free Ithaca Freeskool class!
http://ithacafreeskool.wordpress.com/

Click here to RSVP on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197900600285373

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