If the pleased faces of those who attended were any sign, the Free Market organized by Red Bank POP last Saturday the 15th, was a clear success.
Dozens of people from the Greater Red Bank area, donated and took home items of all kinds in a great exchange, of sorts, that turned one's unwanted, unneeded belongings into another's treasure. People who learned of the event through local websites, social media or just passing by were delighted, amused and impressed with the spectacle held on a front lawn with the word free clearly visible. The founder of POP, Alberto Larotonda, explained to price tag seekers that the Free Market was not an fund raiser for the needy, but simply an opportunity for all to share their unwanted wealth with others, like they would with their family and friends.
Suzzanne Viscomi, a candidate for Red Bank Council this fall, volunteered to assist people with registration. She was amazed at the diversity of "stuff" donated, including hardware, tools, books, household goods, clothing, furniture and a bicycle, the stock of which constantly changed as people came and left. Often some unique items, such as a mariachi hat and blank video tapes found their perfect match with someone just as they were dropped off.
Almost everything brought to the Free market was taken home by a new owner. Some remaining items were donated to a local charity in Red Bank.
POP is very excited that it's first icebreaker was well received. It has been asked by many if another was planned soon. "Its very possible" says Alberto, "got stuff?"