I wish to thank National Auto Parts Supply for their "gift priced", 2007 Dodge Cargo van made available to the Red Bank "POP" community group help expand its outdoor public "Free Market" events this year. The gifting spirit shown with this 180,000+ mile work horse that runs beautifully, ends our successful campaign started last January.
Last fall, two successful free markets were held in Red Bank. A Free Market is like a yard sale, but is a community building event, where no money exchanges hands for goods given or received, and generally all items are of good, usable quality, not "junk"
Enthusiastic neighborhood and drive-by participants last year were eager to bring and donate excess things or "stuff" just taking up space in their home, and then find items at the free market they needed for free.
The van will be used by POP to pick up, deliver, provide temporary storage for free market items and also bring the free market to other locations in the greater Red Bank area. Requests for transporting items such as furniture and other bulk items, were made last year, some of them by senior citizens.
The Free Market idea expands on the "gift economy" which is the recognized social practice of freely giving and receiving between oneself and family & friends, volunteering, donating food for others, and many forms community activities.
RedBankPOP.org envisions that interactive events like the Free Market, are key to building neighborhoods where people meet, know and help each other. In today's tech-oriented society we are often deprived of quality social time, while also accumulating possessions that we don't know where to store or when they will be used again. The Free Market helps solve that problem. POP invites civic minded people to contact us with positive ideas that better everyone's lifestyle.