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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.”

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

More details coming soon…

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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

– 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!

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.

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.”

Wed 9/15: Organizers’ Meeting

Share Tompkins Organizers' Picnic/One-Year Celebration

Like sharing? All are welcome to come to this organizers’ meeting to plan for the next few months of Share Tompkins events. We’ll also discuss strategies for reaching new people, partnering with other groups and generating press.

Wednesday, September 15, 7-9pm
212 N. Plain St. #1, Ithaca, NY 14850

Feel free to bring snacks (vegan) or drinks to share.

If you’d like to get involved but can’t come to the meeting, let us know!

RSVP for the event on Facebook.

See you there!

Share Tompkins Featured in Tompkins Weekly’s Signs of Sustainability Series

Sustainable Tompkins curates a weekly series for the Tompkins Weekly newspaper and we were invited to write a piece about our work for the August 30-September 5 issue. Read the article: Part I, Part II or Download the PDF

Share Tompkins in Tompkins Weekly

Here’s an excerpt:
Bring what you can, take what you need. It’s a simple but powerful concept that inspired the formation of Share Tompkins in May 2009. Since then, the volunteer-run group has been organizing monthly events that enable people to share and barter goods and services from foraged mushrooms to massage and everything in between.

Community Swap Meets have been hosted in people’s homes and public spaces around Tompkins County, including Ithaca, Newfield, Trumansburg and Lansing. Open to anyone and everyone, the swaps are fun, social happenings that often include potluck food and live music. that might be too big or inconvenient to bring like lumber for a wood stove.

Photos: RRFM at the North Star Market

Thanks to everyone who came out and shared today and thanks to Phoebe at The Shop and Northstar House for partnering with us for this event!

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Aug 28: Really Really Free Market at the North Star Market

August 28, Noon – 3:00pm
The Old Fall Creek Cinema Parking Lot
202 E. Falls St., Ithaca, NY
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Share Tompkins’ third Really Really Free Market is part of the new Fall Creek North Star 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!

The North Star Market takes place every Saturday from 10am-4pm outside the Northstar House (the old Fall Creek cinema lot on E. Falls street). Offerings include coffee and tea by The Shop Cafe, produce from Burdock Farm (Alpine, NY), baked goods and bread by Edgewood Bakery, and Re-Cycle Bike Repair by Nis.

Acoustic musicians are also encouraged to come down and play!

You can post haves/wants to the Wall of Facebook event or to the Share Tompkins email list.

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For more info about the North Star Market contact

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Please spread the word even if you can’t come!

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