Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Free Store (NYC edition)
There's a free store on the small canadian island where my dad lives. It's basically a thrift store where you don't pay for anything.
The place is only open on Saturdays and you have to show up early if you want to get the good stuff. (Actually, I've heard volunteering is the way to go if you really want first dibs.) Anyhoo, H-town is very keen on "shopping" at the free store whenever we visit my dad.
But I didn't realize the concept had such an illustrious history.
According to HI + LO, "in the 1960s, a group called the Diggers opened numerous Free Stores in SF's Haight-Ashbury and NYC's East 10th Street in which all items were free for the taking or giving."
Now two NYC artists have opened a new Free Store in the Financial District, where goods can be obtained through trade.
I hate to say it, but some good things are coming out of the recession.