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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

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.”

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 :)

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.

10/13: Creating a Sustainable Marketplace

Please join us for this event, which is organized by The SEEN

What does a sustainable marketplace look like to you?

Come join us on Thursday, October 13th for a panel presentation on four innovative systems in Ithaca that facilitate local exchange:

Thursday, October 13, 5:30-8:30pm
The Space @ GreenStar
700 W. Buffalo Street, Ithaca, NY
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For the entry fee, we are accepting Ithaca Hours at twice their standard equivalence (typically $10 = 1 Hour), so bring your Hours!
The entry fee (to cover food & space) is:
$5 or a quarter Hour for SEEN members
$10 or a half Hour for non-members

Paul Strebel presents Ithaca Hours
Leslie Strebel presents Time Banking
Shira Golding presents Share Tompkins
Alex Colket presents Swidjit

Come learn about how new technologies are reviving traditional localized economies. Learn how you can leverage these systems for personal growth or to bolster your business.

The panel will be followed by a Community Market that draws from all four innovations and welcomes your own creative input. Let’s co-create a marketplace that builds community, enriches our lives, and strengthens the local economy.

Bring the following:
Your questions on the above topics
Your ideas about sustainable markets
Your items to trade
Your list of haves and wants
Your Ithaca Hours
Your friends

We look forward to seeing you there!

SEEN members are also invited to table at the event and sell goods and services for which they accept Ithaca Hours. If you are a SEEN member interested in tabling, reserve your spot by emailing info@TheSEEN.org.

About The SEEN
The Sustainable Enterprise & Entrepreneur Network (The SEEN) is a growing community of businesses, organizations, and individuals working together to achieve ecological, social, and financial success. Members of The SEEN bring a Triple Bottom Line perspective to the Finger Lakes regional marketplace. Their commitment to sustainable practices helps them lower risk, increase customer loyalty, and generate sustainable profitability for their businesses. They contribute to the broader community by building a strong and resilient local economy and helping to safeguard our shared future.

Aug 25: Share Tompkins Visioning Meeting

Thursday, August 25, 6-8pm
Owl Cafe Above Autumn Leaves Book Store
115 The Commons
Ithaca, New York

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Share Tompkins has been going strong now for over two years! During that time, we’ve had an event almost every month and we have really energized local sharing culture. More and more groups are organizing swaps both in partnership with and independently of Share Tompkins and now there is a new locally-produced website called Swidjit that makes sharing and bartering online even easier for our community. Along the way, we’ve been featured in the New York Times, Yes! Magazine and Positive News and were recognized as a “Sign of Sustainability” by Sustainable Tompkins.

So what’s next? We could keep doing more of the same, but those of us who are core event organizers are getting a bit fatigued, so others would have to really step up to run these gatherings. Alternatively, we could focus more on promoting other groups’ events and perhaps organize only one or two Really Really Free Markets and/or Swaps a year. Another thing that I’d like to offer is more “meta” events in which we discuss strategies for bartering effectively and attempt to ignite more sharing groups like toolshares, resilience circles, etc.

There are, of course, lots of other things we could do. So we’re having a meeting to see where people’s energy is and move forward with a collective vision!

Please feel welcome to come and participate even if you have never been to an organizers’ meeting before!

- Shira :)

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

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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.”

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