For questions not answered below, just e-mail Adrienne at alapierre@clarku.edu


What is the Really Really Free Market?


The Free Market is just what it sounds like--a collection of donated items that will be offered for free to anyone who comes by.

When and where is this event taking place?

The Really Really Free Market will take place outside the Worcester Youth Center on the same day as the Solidarity Economy Conference--July 23, 2011.  It will be open from 10 am - 6 pm, or as long as the donations last.

When and where are donations being accepted?

Donations will be accepted in the Worcester Youth Center parking lot,
326 Chandler St starting at 9:00 am on the 23rd.  We will continue to accept donations until 4:00 pm.

How will the free market be set up?

Received items will be sorted and put out on the lawn behind the Worcester Youth Center.  We will have a few tables and some blankets, as well as one small rack for clothing.

What kinds of donations are appropriate?


We are looking for used but useful items, and will accept (almost) any household items that are clean and in working condition.  Blankets, small electronics and appliances, books, decorative items, toys and games, school supplies, baby items, pet supplies, etc.  Please limit donations to small and medium-sized pieces.  Unfortunately we CANNOT accept large TVs or large furniture, and we have a limited amount of space for clothing. 

Do I have to sign up to bring donation items? Is there a limit to the number of donations I can bring?

We would like to have as many useful items available as possible--there is no limit, and you do not have to sign up first.  However, if you are likely to bring more than one car load of donations, please contact Adrienne in advance at alapierre@clarku.edu so that we can be prepared.

Can I sell items at the Free Market?


No.  The Free Market is about solidarity, and recycling value throughout the community.  Please only bring donation items that you are comfortable giving away freely.

Can I choose who to give my items to?

No.  Items at the Free Market will be taken on a first come first serve basis.

Can I reserve items at the Free Market to take later?

For the most part, this is not encouraged, but there are some exceptions.  If you are attending the conference and do not have a place to put an item, we will hold it for you.  If you are traveling on foot and need to come back later in the day with a vehicle, we will hold it for you for a set amount of time.  If you have not returned by the agreed-upon time, the item may go to someone else.

How many items can I take from the Free Market?

There is no set limit to the number of items that you can take, but we ask all participants to be reasonable, and observe the following guidelines: take only what will be useful to you, and leave behind items that may be more valuable to someone else; come back a few times throughout the day, and if the items you are interested in are still there later, feel free to take them.  After 4:00 pm, these guidelines will be relaxed. 

What will happen to leftover items?

Remainder items will be taken to local charitable organizations thanks to the good people at Clark Community Thrift Store.

Do I need to stay after I've dropped off my donations?

No, however you are invited to browse the Free Market for things that might be useful to you, and you will receive a $5 discount off the at-the-door admission price if you choose to attend the conference.

Can I volunteer at the Really Really Free Market?

Absolutely!  We will need volunteers to help us set up, receive and sort donations, and clean up afterward.  Volunteers can also receive free admission to the conference. 
To take advantage of the free admission, volunteers must pre-register by contacting Adrienne at alapierre@clarku.edu.