|Just some of the random finds at the giveaway at the homeschool Valentine's Day party|
|The first Jackson, MI Really, Really Free Market--August 2010, Cascades Park|
|Jackson (MI) Really, Really Free Market--September 2010, Loomis Park|
You probably know this intellectually but really take it to heart--there is nothing advertised on television that you need. So rather than spending your hard earned money, probably earned doing something you weren't too thrilled to be doing in the first place if your job is like most people's, on this junk, save it for stuff you really do need, like maybe keeping a roof over your head, or spend it doing something with someone you care about. And what if instead of supporting a "free market" that costs us all in the time it takes to earn the money we are supposed to spend on this "free market" (not to mention potential environmental damage or societal damage it creates in the long run--a topic for another day), instead we support a gift economy that is a truly free market, where we all share our stuff we don't need, our ideas, our talents, and work toward building more of a community than holing ourselves up, isolated with our stuff?
These kinds of giveaways are easy to organize. Pretty much everyone has stuff that they don't want or need anymore, so it is simply a matter of setting a time, a place, and promoting the heck out of it. Promoting can be word of mouth, email, through email groups, Facebook, through Reallyreallyfree.org, or even old fashioned flyers around town. As Mahatma Gandhi said, "You must be the change you want to see in the world." Personally, I'd like to see people be less focused on stuff and more focused on each other, so that's what I'm working toward. In other words, like I always tell the kids, "Share!"