Today me and the kids went to this event called Singapore Really Really Free Market. It was held at the open space next to the Central Library. According to the National Library, Singapore Really Really Free Market is a community art project by Post-Museum that explores and puts to test an alternative notion of free commerce."
How it works is anyone who wants to give away free stuff signs up as a vendor to display their free stuff at the event. No money is exchanged and anyone is free to take anything.
According to wiki,
"It holds as a major goal to build a community based on sharing resources, caring for one another and improving the collective lives of all. Markets often vary in character, but they generally offer both goods and services. Participants bring unneeded items and food, as well as skills and talents such as entertainment or haircuts."
I was immediately drawn to the books. You never know. You might just chance on a children's book or a craftbook. (fat hope) This vendor says only one book per person and I can't keep the book after I'm done. I have to pass it on. I looked and I looked and I finally picked one book. It's a book I've already read!
Yes, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I picked this book because it has John Tenniel's illustrations.
Good god. Did I come late?
No one was manning this space and I sort of wanted the basket. You understand I couldn't just take it and go. The concept of free shopping is quite hard to accept. I felt like I wanted to throw a few coins down.
Later as we were leaving, my son gallantly went and took the basket for me. And of course I immediately regretted it because I realised I had to carry it on the train all the way home. I thought of returning it but by then the vendor had closed shop. Too late!
These were the other stalls I simply couldn't find anything to take.
We stood here for a while trying to figure out what the items were.
I was only eyeing the mat.
There was a guy giving massages. I think there was a queue. Of sorts. I think if he weren't wearing furry wings, I might consider.
This lady was giving away free poems.
This is my choice.
Alright. I was really after the interesting print on the other side. I think I owe the poet an apology:
Lady, lady on the mat
Sorry I'm such a shat
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I do like the idea of recycling stuff I don't need anymore. Maybe I'll think about ways to give away my scraps at my VivoCity craft market? Will the shoppers react in horror?