I've heard on my compact-y websites about free markets, but never been to one. From what I've read, it's a place to bring whatever you no longer use, and take away whatever you find useable, all for free. I found a listing about this event happening *tomorrow* in Pasadena, and thought the poster was so cute it deserved to be shared! The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein was my favorite book as a kid. It makes a great motif for an event like this.
Here's the description from the website where I found out about the event:
Do you have junk that’s been collecting dust in your closet or food or food in the pantry that has remained untouched for months? The Arroyo Time Bank, a really cool community-based center where people barter their time and skills, is presenting its first Really Free Market Bazaar & Potluck. My friend Janine, who has had a big hand in the Eagle Rock Bowling and Drinking Club and works at the The Urban Craft Center, is organizing this fun and games free-for-all. If you like, bring stuff to barter with others. You don’t have to bring anything, just come out and have fun! All items and food will be up for grabs! In addition to bartering, there will be live musical performances from Earthworm Ensemble, and presentations from community orgs such as The Arroyo Food Co-Op, The Funky Freegan Journal, and The Pasadena Post-Carbon Meetup. This is a kid-friendly event with children’s crafts, so bring the tots!
The event is Saturday, January 30th, 4-7pm at
The Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91104
The Armory is easily accessible via the Memorial Park Gold Line Station. Free parking for 90 minutes is available at the Marriot Parking Lot at 171 N. Raymond Ave. Free and metered street parking is also available. Visit the sponsor's website here (click on the events page) for more info.
Please let me know if you go, what you donate, and what you take home by leaving a comment on the blog!