After a several-year hiatus due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Really, Really Free Market in Avon is returning on a seasonal schedule, starting with its first summertime market on August 6 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Avon Fire Station.
The Really, Really Free Market started more than a decade ago, and became a valuable resource for islanders in need after several historic storms, including Hurricane Isabel in 2011, and Hurricane Dorian in 2019, (when the market was stationed in Frisco.)
Everyone is welcome at this free event, where all are encouraged to give, receive, and create on their own terms. The public is invited to arrive with goods, services, skills, performances, stories, crafts, food, games, music, clothing, furniture, plants, and resources to share with others in the community. The event is self-organized by everyone who participates, and volunteers and donations are always appreciated.
“Nothing is required for participation, but please think creatively about the skills you have and could teach, the useful or beautiful things you have and don’t need, or the resources you can share with people to create something during the event,” stated Free Market organizer Jenn Augustson in an online update. “As at other Really, Really Free Markets across the U.S. and around the world, we aim to create and participate in a world in which resources are held in common, we find in ourselves the capacity to meet the needs of others in our community, and “free” means just that: really, really free.”
Donations are always accepted the morning of the event, but are not required. Please refrain from attending if you are exhibiting any COVID symptoms or have been in direct contact with anyone with symptoms.
For more information on the upcoming Really, Really Free Market, see the event’s Facebook page.