Thanks for coming!

There weren’t too many people who attended our return but we thank you anyway! We likewise weren’t able to get too many pictures but here’s all of them.

Our new sign on the left with the rules
Just before opening. Volunteers brought some of the goods on the tables in the back.
A lot of toys arrived
They were at the community centre to watch an indoor soccer game but got some free stuff while they were there.
Our volunteer Mekki trying out this exercise equipment . (He ended up taking it home.)

The date for the next market has not yet been decided but it will likely be in February or March. If you’d like to be added to our mailing list or have any questions or comments, please fill out the following form:

New rules

The next market will take place on Saturday, Nov 26th from 10 am to 3 pm. Due to a disturbing incident at the last market new rules will be implemented and existing ones will be more explicit. These rules are:

  1. Items brought must be clean and in working condition.
  2. No pushing, shoving, or otherwise competing over items. We remind you that this is a community event and the people taking part are your neighbours.
  3. No items will be accepted after 2 pm.
  4. Before 2 pm attendees may only take one item from each category, except for books and clothes (of which attendees can take as much as they want). After 2 pm attendees may take as much as they want.
  5. The North York Really Really Free Market is a completely volunteer-run event. We do not receive any funding for the market. As such, we reserve the right to ban, bar, or eject anyone from our event.

There will be a sign with these rules at the next market. If there are any questions, you may contact us at Let our volunteers know if you have any questions or problems during the market. All volunteers will be wearing “VOLUNTEER” name tags.

Some pictures from the May 21st market

Our regular room was unavailable so the market had to take place in the community centre’s hallway.20160521_09574020160521_11232420160521_112335

Several pairs of skates arrived.
Many brought their kids with them to the market.
This fashionable Syrian girl got a stylish pair of sunglasses..
An old camera


A bike cooler, perfect for picnics.
We hope he gets a lot of use out of these skates this winter.

March 19th Market

Thanks in part to the Downsview Advocate’s article we attracted 130 people! We hope you all gave and got something good!

We always get a lot of toys. The multicoloured base came with a bag of blocks.
Although our book table looks empty in this picture a short while later it was full of books again.
Kitchenware and foodstuffs
What do you guys think about our new sign? Yea or nay?


A mix of electronics and hardware


Bath and beauty products
We try to be a kid-friendly event
Two pairs of vintage skates
Something for her daughter.


This boy was so excited it was hard to get a clear picture.


One of our volunteers made some tasty spring rolls for everyone at the market. We hope you were able to get one!
Dolls like this sell for about $40 brand new.


UPDATE: One of our volunteers brought his camera and was able to take some nicely shot photos.DSC_8749DSC_8750DSC_8752DSC_8753DSC_8754DSC_8755DSC_8756DSC_8759DSC_8761DSC_8762DSC_8764DSC_8766DSC_8767DSC_8768DSC_8769DSC_8770

The Downsview Advocate wrote an article about us!


If you receive this free neighbourhood paper then you likely saw this article about us. Unfortunately, we can’t seem to find the article on the Downsview Advocate’s website (just these two pictures) but here’s some highlights:

If you happened to be hanging around the Driftwood Community Center on January 31st, you likely would have stumbled across what appeared to be an indoor Garage Sale. What was actually going on was the second North York Really Really Free Market. Downsview residents joined together at the community center with things that they didn’t need any more and left with a few things they did. In hosting or attending a Really Really Free Market, or RRFM for short, the Downsview community was became [sic] a part of what is now a global movement.

The whole idea of the Really Really Free Market is based on the idea of a gift economy, in other words, you don’t need to give to get anything. You show up with items that are no longer needed in the hopes that someone else does. Or you can show up, look around and see if there is anything you need. It is also common that people show up to offer services or skills provided for free. These can be things like sewing skills, bands who show up to play music, people giving out free massages or jokes. The point of the market is to encourage an anti-capitalist market system.

She goes on a bit about the upcoming March 19th market but gets the times slightly wrong. We will open at 10 am, not 9. Still a great article and we thank Ms. Leah Sullivan for writing it.

UPDATE: Yesterday (March 18), the Advocate uploaded the full article.

Spreading the word

Do you want to help spread the word about the Really Really Free Market taking place on Saturday, March 19th? Sure you do, and here are some reasons why:

  1. You want the stuff you bring to the market to find a good home. This is more likely with more people at the market.
  2. You want to see a wide selection of things at the market. The more people that know about it the more people will come and the more stuff they will bring. (By the way, if you’re looking for anything in particular let us know and we’ll try to keep an eye out for this item for you.)
  3. You’re a nice person and like telling people about awesome community events where they can get stuff for free.

Our poster can help. You can post it at work or in your neighbourhood or anywhere else you think it will be seen. Thank you, and see you at the market!



Canada will soon have its first Library of Things

The organization behind the Toronto Tool Library has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for Canada’s first Library of Things. Like a book library, a library of things lends out things like games, DVDs, espresso machines, camping equipment, snowboards, sleds, and yes, tools. In other words, the Toronto Tool Library will be undergoing an upgrade. Calling it The Sharing Depot, they say that

The Sharing Depot will work just like the Public Library and Tool Library – a membership gives you access to hundreds of things you’d love to use once in a while but just don’t want to own. Sharing necessary items with your community is so beneficial: it saves money, de-clutters our homes, strengthens our communities and is better for the environment. We’re #RicherWhenWeShare!

However, they need money to get it off the ground. $30 000 will go towards rent of a location, renovation, and acquisition of things to stock the library. The fundraising campaign was started just 5 days ago and has already raised $5000. They are asking for individual contributions of 5, 10, or 100 dollars (or more, if you’d like). Go to the Indiegogo page if you’d like to contribute. As their hashtag says, we’re richer when we share.