What if we all got a five-finger discount?
I am a little late to the party on this story (forgive me as I live thousands of kilometers away). My friend @Jerome_L recently tweeted me this fascinating article from the New York Times. Apparently in an empty lot in Brooklyn sits the Brooklyn Free Store. True to its name, this tented space offers all kinds of objects for free. Organized by a loose collective inspired by the Diggers, a 17th century utopian movement, as well as by modern ecology, the Free Store’s slogan is “Take what you want. Share what you think others may enjoy (not limited to material items).”
In addition to 17th century utopists, the Free Store reminded me of the Freecycle movement, whose aim is to keep material goods out of landfills. These movements are very interesting and are great way to save money or to get rid of something, guilt-free. Let’s hope we see more of these kinds of efforts.