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Really Really Free Market

Saturday, December 17, 2005
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Dolores Park

There will be a Holiday Really Really Free Market next Saturday the 17th. This time of year, we are bombarded with so many ads and messages that equate "giving" with shopping, commercialism, and being something that you "have" to do! But it doesn't have to be that way! Come experience giving for the simple enjoyment of it, without being burdened by money or barter!

What is The Really REALLY Free Market?
It's like a large community-wide garage sale, except everything is FREE! Yes, that's right, FREE! Everyone is invitied to bring things to GIVE AWAY!

So this is like bartering or trading, right?
Nope. Bartering and trading go something like this: I've got this great shirt here, what can you offer me for it? The RRFM goes something like this: I've got this really great shirt here. I don't really wear it anymore, but I'd hate to see it go to waste. Do you want it? Great! Here, it's yours!

Why would i want to do a thing like that?
Because you have to many things already! Because you're just going to throw it away anyway. Because it FEELS GOOD! Do you have things cluttering up your home? Maybe some stuff that you don't use anymore,
but you know that someone else would probably love. One person's trash can truly be another person's treasure!

What should I bring?
Bring *your thing* to the RRFM, whatever that is! Material goods, food or drinks, a service to provide, a skill you have that you want to teach to others, a performance, or anything else!

What if I don't have anything to give away? Everyone has something to give to others. The RRFM isn't just about giving away *stuff.* What is it that you do? Why not come to the RRFM and find a way to do it for others, except this time for free just for the fun of it. As a gift to others, as a gift to yourself. It's a way of reclaiming meaning in your job, to give it as a gift, unmediated by commerce.

Who runs the RRFM?
Well, the RRFM consists of the sum of its participants. The gift you bring to the event, helps create what the event is for others, just as what others bring to the event, creates what the event is for you. That said, there are some folks who came together to help create the structure for the RRFM to work. But it is our hope that soon enough, our role within the RRFM will be the same as everyone else's. That is, that each of us decides our own level of involvement.

The RRFM is yours!
Take advantageous of that. Make it what you want it to be! If you want to see something happening at the RRFM that isn't already happening, than make it happen! If you want to see more people coming to the RRFM, help spread the word! Send emails to your friends, make and distribute flyers (make your own or download them from the website), talk to people about the RRFM.
Please help us keep the RRFM a 100% FREE and non-commercial event. Once a month, let's come together and forget about trading, bartering, and money. Leave the business cards at home and remember the joy of giving for the sake of giving. Help us keep Dolores Park clean. If no one takes what you brought, please bring it home with you. If you like what you just read, get involved! Come to the RRFM! Bring your own gifts to share! Spread the info, and get more people involved! The RRFM takes YOU to make it happen.

This a special, "extra" RRFM, so we will still be having the regular last-saturday-of-the-month one on the 31st.

We need help with making flyers and getting the word out, so if you want to do that, feel free to make your own flyers or get in touch with Ray at to work on one together

Don't forget that the RRFM isn't just about stuff! You can also gift your talents by juggling, playing music, teaching a workshop, or whatever else pleases you!

Saturday Dec 17th, 12pm-4pm, Dolores Park, San Francisco.
Added to the calendar on Mon, Dec 12, 2005 8:49PM
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