By Kelly Mason
The Really, Really Free Market was held in the Bernhard Center to promote a feeling of communal giving for the upcoming holiday season on Thursday, Dec. 8.
This is the third year that this market has been held at Western Michigan University. It is being sponsored by the on-campus movement called the Bronco Share Space, which allows students, staff and faculty to share items they no longer need.
Nola Weirsma became involved in this Really, Really Free Market during her sophomore year at WMU and is continuing to promote this campaign even after she graduated last spring.
“A lot of people come in and they think they can’t take anything without bringing anything because they think of it as an exchange but it not like that,” she said. “If you see something that somebody has brought and know that you’ll utilize it then feel free to take it because that’s what it’s there for.”
Freshman Lucas Miles said that even thought the size of the market is relatively small they have a lot to offer.
“The free market promotes the idea of sharing especially with Christmas coming up. Also, it’s a really smart idea because of the economy,” said Miles. “If the economy wasn’t this bad, we probably wouldn’t have this free market.”
The concept of this free market is having communities provide for each other. The leftover clothes and items are donated to local charities such as Deacon’s Conference and the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.
“Normally this market occurs twice a semester. This is the second one this semester and I do plan on having two more next semester.”
People can find out about the upcoming Free Markets by joining the Facebook page Bronco Share Space. It is for members of the community and serves as a resource for community formation, sustainable exchange and environmental development.
“Part of this Really, Really Free Market is to see if there is enough student interest to get a free store on Western’s campus, just to have a room where this could be consistently happening.”