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Site Visit: Free Store NYC

Site Visit: Free Store NYC
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Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 20 february 2009

A follow up to Scott’s post on PSFK yesterday, we’ve got some photos and more information on Free Store, the part cultural pop-up shop, part second hand boutique in Lower Manhattan. Created by artists Athena Robles and Anna Stein, the Free Store is a model of economic sustenance that we believe could be used (at least on a small scale) in cities worldwide.

The store operates in two different ways. First there is the free shopping method based on a barter and exchange system. Visitors offer their ‘useful’ possessions, like books and clothing, in exchange for items in the store. Some limited edition goods produced in-house by the artists are available for barter while supplies last.

Second, the Free Store takes donations and offers instore ‘credit’ in the form of ‘World Bills’. Contributors to Free Store will receive World Bills for donated goods and services. The bills can be traded or collected and later used for future barters.

Free Store will also host a range of events catered to artists dealing with the tough economy. Every Sunday from 2-5pm the store will present ‘Never as Good as the First Time’, a chance for artists and curators to meet with Director of Exhibitions for the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Edwin Ramoran. Edwin will schedule 15 minute meetings with only people he has never met in person to provide feedback on proposals and free professional development advice.

Free Store
February 19-March 22.
99 Nassau Street at Ann Street
Thursday – Saturday 12-7pm
Sunday 12-5pm

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