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DC TimeBank

DC Free Store with The Peace House

Saturday, July 29th 2017 5:00 PM — 8:00 PM

From the Facebook event:

What is a Free Store?

A free store is a “store” where all goods are free. Whether it is a book, furniture, a shirt, or a haircut, it is all freely given away. It’s a place where anyone can participate by leaving stuff they don’t want or taking stuff they do. No strings attached. The items in the store are either given as gifts to the free store or found in the streets.

Mutual aid is the voluntary exchange of resources and services. Instead of looking to corporations or the state, we can look to one another for what we need. This practice has existed for thousands of years in many societies. Capitalism creates a false sense of scarcity by placing monetary value on everything from the environment to human life, in order to build wealth. Mutual aid focuses on building community wealth, and not only in terms of material gain. Mutual aid places value on a large spectrum, not just on monetary or material goods. Mutual aid creates cooperation instead of competition.

Ground Rules

  • All hygiene/toiletry items must be sealed in original packaging
  • No used undergarments/underwear
  • No ripped or torn clothes
  • When taking clothes turn in all hangers to free store volunteers
  • Please wash clothing items prior to drop off
  • When dropping off clothes please place items on the porch so they can be sorted through and placed in proper bins
  • Bring your own bags. We may have some but it's not guaranteed

If you plan on dropping off items prior to the event, please call The Peace House to set up a time: 202-248-4303.

Access: The Peace House is located at 1005 Rhode Island Ave NE, about 2.5 blocks from the Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood metro stop on the red line.

Note: DC TimeBank was not involved in the planning of this event, though many timebanks across the country engage in and host free stores. DC TimeBank members are encouraged to attend in the spirit of mutual exchange. The Peace House is a nonprofit whose mission is to be a vehicle to transform individual lives and communities for those working for positive social change and a world free from oppression.