Every so often, a group of people comes together to create an event with a sole purpose of helping out a community in need. The Really Really Free Market (RRFM), a monthly event that focuses on the exchange of goods, services and ideas without the involvement of money, is one of those groups.
Yes, you read right. This is essentially a market place without the involvement of any form of cash whatsoever. People from all over the region bring in unwanted or surplus goods that are still useable and give them back into the community for free.
According to the event’s Facebook page, the RRFM describes itself as, ” …a non-hierarchical collective of individuals who form a temporary market based on an alternative gift economy. The RRFM movement aims to counteract capitalism in a non-reactionary 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.”
Basically, it means that anyone can donate something for free and anyone who is in need of goods and services are welcome to receive them. The RRFM mainly deals with old clothes that are still useable, but in recent months it has expanded to free haircuts, face-painting, food (vegan and otherwise), books, discussions, and much more.
The first RRFM took place last June and has steadily grown via word of mouth and an intense social networking campaign. It’s not just a local movement; Really Really Free Markets have recently been popping up in all corners of the country.
The event takes place in Fairmount Park on the last Saturday of each month and runs from 2PM to 6PM. For more information, find them on Facebook.