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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

2/23: Post Holiday Winter Swap at Mel’s!

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Saturday, February 23, 10am-3pm
Mel’s Place
505 Cliff Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
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It’s that time of year when we all look around and realize that we’ve amassed a lot of, well, stuff. It could be from holidays, winter crafting, or just holding onto things. Here’s your chance to trade, barter, and/or give away! Get rid of that second blender that Aunt June gave you and maybe pick up a new pair of socks!

This swap will be held in at Mel Casano’s house, in the basement (the concrete floor is more forgiving to tracked-in snow). Park at the Incodema parking lot and come through the backdoor. There will be a few tables for people to set up their stuff, but more would probably be helpful, if you happen to have one that’s easy to transport.

Remember: Saturday is swapping stuff; Sunday is the Seed Swap at Cooperative Extension! It’s a SWAP-A-GANZA.

Learn more about what happens at our swaps, and brush up on your swapping skills.

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!

July 10: Community Swap Hosted by Jules

Anyone can host their own swap and here’s one coming up!

From the organizer, Jules Behrens…

I’m hosting my first swap. Here’s the info:

What: Bring anything that you would like to trade, give, swap or sell cheap. Focus on educational materials, books, and games, but household items, clothes, etc. are welcome. Please be prepared for the possibility of bringing some things home if necessary.

Where: 966 Comfort Rd. Danby – about 12 minutes from downtown Ithaca

When: Tuesday, 7/10 4pm to ~7:30.

This will also be a potluck for those who would like. Bring music, instruments, etc, to play too!

Email me with any questions/thoughts/pointers.

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!

RSVP on Facebook
Check out Fire on the Water

Photos: Our 2nd Really Really Free Market at the Congo Square Market

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Meet Swidjit!

We’re very excited about this new local web platform that makes it easier to share and barter online and which has the potential to bolster our local economy. Creator Alex Colket explains…

Hello Share Tompkins,

I’m writing you today to introduce you to Swidjit, a new Ithaca-based website designed to strengthen the local economy and provide greater access to the wealth of goods, skills, and other resources that surround us. Swidjit has a commercial aspect, but it also places a strong emphasis on bartering, sharing and otherwise making it easier to survive/thrive with less dependence on money. Of course, this is something Share Tompkins has already been doing here for the last couple of years, and you should all feel proud of your role in this critical and beautiful change that is currently unfolding in places like Ithaca. The momentum you have built is one of the main reasons that Ithaca is poised to take the idea of local economy to the next level and demonstrate how a modern US community can learn to flourish within its means. Thanks!

Read more…

July 22: Really Really Free Market #4 at the Congo Square Market in partnership with Significant Elements

Share Tompkins’ fourth Really Really Free Market is part of the Congo Square Market! Food, books, electronics, clothes – EVERYTHING in the RRFM area is free. Bring what you can, take what you need. The more we can provide for one another locally, the closer we are to sustainability!

Friday, July 22, 5-8pm
Southside Community Center
305 S. Plain St, Ithaca, NY

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Photo from last year’s Congo Square Market RRFM

Guidelines:
– Please bring items that are in good condition, no junk.
– Please plan on taking back home with you any stuff you bring that is not picked up by others.

This event is hosted and co-presented by Southside Community Center. Our partner is Significant Elements, who are celebrating their 20th Anniversary with a Mega Free Friday on the 22nd and additional events (see below). Stop by their store at 212 Center Street before 5pm for even more free stuff!

ABOUT THE CONGO SQUARE MARKET
The Congo Square Market takes place 4-8pm every Friday through September 2 and features live local music & dancing, visiting with friends and vendors selling food, instruments & more. Vendor fees and fruit and vegetable stand proceeds support Southside and the Congo Square Market.

Named for the famous Congo Square in New Orleans, the market honors African-American history. In the early days of US slavery, recently enslaved African peoples and others could gather in Congo Square for music, dance, and stories. The Ithaca Congo Square Market is a project of Southside Community Center, Ithaca Youth Bureau’s Paul Scheurs Memorial Program, and Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Whole Community Project.

ABOUT SIGNIFICANT ELEMENTS’ 20TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND
Historic Ithaca launched the Significant Elements architectural salvage program in 1991 as a seasonal, all-volunteer program to keep reusable house parts and building materials out of the landfill. Today, Significant Elements is a year-round, staffed program with over 7,000 customers annually. It has grown into a community resource for materials, product and contractor recommendations, hands-on training, and professional expertise.

The 20th Anniversary Fair will celebrate reuse and the traditional building trades with two days of events at our headquarters, 212 Center Street in Ithaca’s historic Southside neighborhood:

Friday, July 22
– walking tour of the Southside and Titus Flats neighborhoods
– storewide sale
– SUPER Free Friday

Saturday, July 23
– traditional building and craft demonstrations
– “Ask the Old House Experts” Panel
– walking tours of the Southside and Titus Flats neighborhoods
– raffle
– children’s activities
– storewide sale
– junk art contest
– bake sale and refreshments
– old-timey games
– unveiling of our new Plain Street Mural

Press: Share Tompkins in Tompkins Weekly Article about Economics of Happiness Screening

On April 27th, we were invited to speak about Share Tompkins as part of the panel discussion following the community screening of the film The Economics of Happiness.

The event was featured in an article by Eric Banford in the May 2-8 issue of Tompkins Weekly. You can read the full article on the Sustainable Tompkins site and here are some key excerpts:

Share Tompkins has been hosting monthly swaps and “Really, Really Free Markets” and co-founder Shira Golding said they
have received email from all over the U.S. and as far away as the UK,
asking how to start similar ventures…

Shira Golding and McKenzie Jones-Rounds of Share Tompkins talked about real life swap examples fostered through swap meets. Jones-Round swapped for a cello that wasn’t being used for a year of
guitar lessons. She shared that, “It’s not just about the stuff we keep out of the waste stream or save money on, it’s also about instilling in the kids in the community the value of who they are and what it means to be part of something bigger than themselves. It’s good to be someplace where people aren’t just willing to share their things, but they share themselves too. We are building a resilient, self-reliant, non-monetary based economy through this.”

April 27: Economics of Happiness Screening and Community Conversation

Wednesday, April 27, 7-9:30pm
Cinemapolis
120 E. Green St., Ithaca, NY
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Sustainable Tompkins is hosting a community conversation on sustainable economy at Cinemapolis. We’ll be screening the Ithaca premiere of The Economics of Happiness – a film by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick and John Page, and a project of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC). Former Ithacan and LACS graduate, Kristen Elizabeth Steele of the ISEC will be here to introduce the film.

Relocalization of our economy is essential if we are to buffer ourselves from speculative bubbles and escalating food and energy prices. How can we transform our personal household economies to build in long-term resiliency and well being? How can we work together to design a local economy that works for everyone and takes advantage of the power of entrepreneurship, sharing, self-provisioning, and local investment? What principles should guide us?

After the first screening, a panel of local community leaders from Sustainable Tompkins, Southside Community Center, Share Tompkins, Local First Ithaca, Tompkins County Workers Center, Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Alternatives Federal Credit Union, and Tompkins Workforce NY will outline our progress in creating a more sustainable local economy and suggest opportunities to pursue in the next few years.

Audience members are encouraged to bring their ideas and to share news on other local initiatives. Tickets are offered on a sliding scale of $5-$10 at the door, or can be purchased in advance by contacting elizasalon@yahoo.com. A second screening at 9:30 will be at standard prices.

Co-sponsored by Sustainable Tompkins, Green Resource Hub, Sustainable Enterprise & Entrepreneur Network, Share Tompkins, Local First Ithaca, Tompkins County Workers Center, Alternatives Federal Credit Union, Social Ventures, Southside Community Center, Tompkins Workforce NY, Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative, Interfaith Action for Healing Earth and Ithaca Hours.

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