Residents are encouraged to label items ‘free.’

Free ‘stuff’ in Hammond

Neighbours organizing second giveaway day.

It was so popular in the fall that Hammond residents are at it again: putting out any items in good condition they are willing to give away and touring the neighbourhood for treasures.

Via the Hammond Neighbours Facebook group and www.hammondneighbours.ca, residents are encouraged to set items for re-use out at the curb starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 28 with a clear free label on them.

Popular items to give away include sporting goods, small appliances, books, art, tools, toys, and furniture.

“It’s a great way to remind ourselves of what an abundant society we live in and get to know our neighbours, too,” said organizer James Rowley. “People can share what they don’t need but also hold yard sales, plant swaps and block parties, whatever works for them.”

Rowley said people should remember to keep items that aren’t giveaways, like bikes, toys, and tools well away from the curb to avoid misunderstandings.

Anything that isn’t taken by treasure hunters must be removed from the curb by Sunday at 7 p.m. Rowley said items left at the curb are subject to enforcement as per municipal bylaws.

Last fall, Hammond resident and Earth Day Freecycle organizer Tanis Green shared Thunder Bay’s official municipal treasure days on the Hammond Neighbours Facebook group.

Hammond residents joined in immediately. In February, 87 members of the group participated in a poll to decide on dates and shape the event.

“It’s a truly community effort,” said Rowley.

Rowley also reached out to the several new neighbourhood Facebook groups in hopes that they will join in. He said Hammond Treasure Days may become Maple Ridge Treasure Days.

Rowley added that those unable to join this weekend’s activities can take advantage of a second giveaway weekend being planned for May 9 and 10.

 

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