at City Square (Cnr. Swanston and Collins), Melbourne, 3000 Australia
Every Friday a store which rejects payment appears under the tree in Melbourne's City Square. Come down and pick up a bargain like no other - totally free!
PLEASE NOTE: THE FREE SHOP IS CURRENTLY TAKING A WINTER BREAK. IT WILL RETURN AT SUMMER TIMES (3pm-7pm) ON FRIDAY 5th SEPTEMBER. So what exactly is the Free Shop? It's an idea, a meme, that materialises every Friday at City Square in Melbourne, and at assorted other times at countless other locations around this planet. It started because people tired of supporting an economy that destroys our planet and mercilessly exploits its inhabitants simply decided to take a step towards a more humane culture of sharing. So they had a look around at their belongings, found some that might find new loving hands to make use of them, took them to City Square, and gave them away. The rest is history. What is the Free Shop selling, if it doesn't accept money? It's giving away the experience of total strangers making a deal which is a win for both. The shop keeper gains a smile, another beautiful moment in time, and the shopper gets an item they want - without any commercial engagement 'justifying' the interaction between strangers. As children we still instinctively know that this planet has more than enough for everyone, and we share from a loving heart. As adults, we exchange most of our daytime in a 'job' to make some 'money', which in turn allows us 'consume' exciting products that make our neighbours and friends jealous. Using money for exchange needs to be learned, and it can also be unlearned. The collection of 'merchandise' in the Free Shop is eclectic, because you'll never know what will be there. In a regular store, if you take some of the merchandise, you'll be called a thief; in the Free Store you can be shop assistant and shopper simultaneously. Is it barter? Not really. We give away things anyway, to our friends, family, charity and sometimes even to begging strangers. New stock for the Free Shop is always welcome, but it doesn't need to happen in a reciprocal manner. Tit for tat doesn't necessarily create win-win situation. It's completely okay just to shop - if everyone had more than enough, poverty or homelessness wouldn't exist. What can you do for the Free Shop? Become a happy shopper, and tell your friends about this wonderful place where some people simply spread out an odd collection of books, cds, clothing, foods, jewellery, art and more and give it away for free. Maybe mention how gratifying it can feel to see someone else being happy about getting something for nothing. Don't expect at the moment that all needs are catered for - it's mostly things we want rather than need. Things turn into 'new' things once they change hands - no matter how 'old' they might be from a commercial perspective. Feel free to drop off your unwanted but perfectly loveable excess, be it from your garden, bookshelf, media shelf or wardrobe. If you like the Free Shop idea, say hello on Facebook, come around to City Square (corner Swanston and Collins Street) on Fridays between 3pm and 7pm - or get together with some friends and open your own little Free Shop in your neighbourhood.
1037 FB users likes Friday Free Shop, set it to 57 position in Likes Rating for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in Shopping/retail category
Sorry Peeps, we are having some 'Staffing Issues'. 'Managment' should make some sort of proper statement about this 'soon'. ~Moo
Friday Free Shop restarted today, and it was fantastic! We had an amazing collection of goodies to give away, and many things found new loving owners today. Halfway through our opening hours, the Recycled Food Network set up next to us, for another dose of free goodness. Thanks to everyone who made the Free Shop happening, all the customers and interested people stopping over and sharing some of their time with us. See you next week at City Square for more sharing :) //lg
Dear friends of the Friday Free Shop, just one more week and the friendliest shop in town with unbeatable prices (you pay exactly nothing) is back! While the FFS had a winter break, another free initiative held the space, and had a fantastic start. For about a month every day (yes, every day) the people from the Recycled Food Network save food from cafes in the city from being thrown away, and direct it into the bellies of everyone hungry for food and company. This means even more opportunity to participate in bringing the spirit of sharing back into the community. Even though City Square itself is occupied by the preparations of Melbourne's Spring Fascism Week (or it Fashion Week?), the corner Swanston/Collins Street has still enough space for food and goods free of charge. The Latrobe Valley Free Store also opens again this weekend, please check out their page for more information. City Square in Melbourne has come to life again, the Recycled Food Network opens around 5pm during weekdays, the Friday Free Shop will be back next Friday from 3pm - 7pm. May the flowers of freeness blossom again this spring :) /lg
Only a few hours to go..... SQWWWWWWWWWwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! ~Moo