RED BANK: GIVE OR TAKE, IT’S ALL FREE

242 Spring st. rbGet a taste of the gift economy on Spring Street in Red Bank Saturday. (Click to enlarge)

free market logoGot stuff lying around the house or workplace that you’d like to give a new home?

Or are you in the market for stuff, and don’t mind if it’s used?

The folks behind a venture called Treasure Circle will hold an event in Red Bank on Saturday that may be of interest.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Treasure Circle will host a free market behind its office, at 242B Spring Street.

The idea underlying the market, says Treasure Circle founder Albert Larotoonda, is “a common space where people can bring their unwanted possessions to give them away to others and take things that they need, all without any money exchanging hands.”

“In other variations, it might also be called a swap meet, free exchange, or outside free store,” said Larotonda. Treasure Circle, however, plans to roll out a member-supported website where users can form networks, similar to friend networks on Facebook, in which goods can be given away and acquired without the exchange of cash, he said.

“Built around the gift economy, it’s socially responsible, environmentally friendly, and good to your pocketbook,” he said.

Saturday’s event is free and open to the public.  Anyone may bring their excess stuff to participate and hang out. Participants must take home anything that isn’t given away.

Attendees will be required to register their name and e-mail address in exchange for taking any items. Donations to Treasure Center will be accepted during the event, or on its website, but are not required.

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