Join us on the 24th for the next market!

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The next market will be on Saturday, June 24th, 10 am to 3pm, at the Driftwood Community Centre. Bring the items you don’t need and take as As per usual, we will stop accepting items at 2 pm. This time we will be sharing the gymnasium with the Repair Cafe Toronto. So if you have any broken household items, bring them to Driftwood and you can look for free stuff while you wait for a fixer to see you!

Please remember our rules:

  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.

See below for the Repair Cafe’s flyer. Note that their times are slightly different from ours.

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Car seats

carseatWe have mentioned before that the North York Really Really Free Market cannot accept large items. By ‘large’, we mean anything that would require a car or truck to take away. In addition to these, we also have difficulty accepting car seats and baby strollers. There are many regulations associated with these. For car seats, Health Canada’s Industry Guide to Second-hand products (including children’s products state (these refer to second-hand car seats for sale but also apply to those being given away):

  • A company may apply the National Safety Mark on a car seat or booster seat on condition that the product conforms to all the applicable Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
  • The product must have stitched onto it, indelibly moulded into or onto it, or indelibly printed on a label affixed to it in a permanent manner, the following, in English and French:
    1. name and address of manufacturer, importer or retailer
    2. model name and number
    3. date of manufacture
    4. statements for weight and height range of user
    5. characteristics of vehicles in which the product is not to be used
    6. warning statements
    7. installation diagrams
  • The instructions, in English and French, for proper installation and use must be available at the time of sale.
  • All forward-facing car seats must have a tether strap.
  • All car seats must have a functional restraint system (harness system).
  • The product should be in good condition. For example, there should be no cracks in the plastic, missing hardware or loose parts.
  • Never sell a car seat or booster seat if it has been in a vehicle at the time of a collision.
  • Car seats should not be sold if they are past the lifespan recommended by the manufacturer.

The regulations governing car seats changed on Jan. 1st, 2012, which is why the date of manufacture is required. Legally, car seats made before that date can neither be sold nor given away. If your car seat can meet these requirements above then please feel free to bring it but we ask that you leave your contact information with a volunteer in case no one takes your item.

What can I bring to the market?

You’re excited to be going to North York’s first Really Really Free Market but you’re not sure what you can bring. First of all, you don’t need to bring anything to take anything but thank you for wanting to contribute. Think about what you have in your home. If you’re like most people, you have far more than you need and there will be quite a few items that you’ve barely used or have never used at all. For example, when was the last time you wore that yellow shirt? Have you even opened that box of commemorative plates you got from your uncle last Christmas? These are the kind of things that typically end up in a closet or piled in a garage. Well, if it’s in good condition then there’s probably somebody out there who could use it. The Really Really Free Market tries to connect the people who have these things to the people who want them.

But then this hypothetical person may ask, why don’t they just sell or donate this item? They certainly could; the Really Really Free Market also exists to show people how a ‘giving’ or ‘gifting’ economy can work. Not everything is about money and knowing that whoever receives your item has true need of it can be rewarding in itself. In addition, the potential of actually meeting the person who receives your item can be even more rewarding for the giver.

However, please use common sense with the items you bring. We can’t accept large items because 1) you probably wouldn’t be able to get it into the Driftwood Community Centre, and 2) somebody would need either a van or truck to take it away, and the chances of both conditions being met are slim. Since we have no way of storing items this can be very problematic for us. Also, please only bring items that are in a condition that you yourself would take. Would you take a broken toaster? How about a dress covered in cat hair? And please, no matter how clean it is, no one will take used underwear.

With that being said, here are some item suggestions:

  • men’s, women’s, and kids’ clothes
  • books, CDs, DVDs, and other media
  • electronics
  • household goods
  • kitchenware
  • hardware
  • sports equipment
  • non-perishable food items
  • health and beauty products

If you have any skill that you would like to share then please do so, but let us know about it beforehand so we can tell market-goers and arrange a space for you. Send an email to northyorkrrfm@gmail.com telling us what you’d like to do and anything you’ll need and we will get back to you ASAP.

How do I get to Driftwood Community Centre?

Driftwood Community Centre location
Driftwood Community Centre location

Driftwood Community Centre is located at 4401 Jane St, at the corner of Jane St and Driftwood Ave, a few blocks north of Jane and Finch. To get here by public transit, there are three main options: 1) From Jane Station, take Bus 195 north towards York University. After about 36 minutes you will arrive at the Shoreham Dr stop. Get off and walk south 5 minutes to the Community Centre. 2) Take Line 1 to Downsview Station and transfer to Bus 108 heading west. After about 20 minutes you will arrive at the Driftwood Ave stop. 3) Take Line 1 to Finch Station and get on Bus 36 heading west to Humberwood. Get off at Jane St (about 30 minutes with no traffic) and either transfer to Bus 35 heading north and get off at Driftwood Ave or, if you’re feeling health-conscious, simply walk up Jane Street from Finch to Driftwood Avenue, which takes roughly 15 to 20 minutes.

Note that Driftwood Community Centre has both car and bike parking available.