The Free Store is our very own reuse initiative.

Residents drop-off items that are gently-used or pre-loved, donations are then sorted by Community & Recreation and put on display in the FreeStore and lastly, when open, residents come and pick out what they would like for free. All residents are welcome to shop and/or donate. Each day, the equivalent of 5-10 garbage bags are diverted from landfill!


Location

The Free Store is located on the 3rd floor of 30 Charles Street West. When open, the area is monitored by security staff and the Free Store is always staffed. Residents living in both 30 & 35 Charles St. W. are welcome to use the service.


Hours

Updated as of February 7, 2022

Wednesdays
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  Saturdays
  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Unfortunately, due to the number of donations we have received while being closed, The Free Store will not be able to re-open until February 16th, 2022. Thank you so much for your patience while we organize all of your generous donations.


Donating

The FreeStore encourages resident donations during the day to our location. We have a donation bin in the hallway that can fit many donations. For the most part, we accept any good-quality, clean and small item or clothing. As a reference, here are some items we seek.

AIR CONDITIONERS (small sizes)        
ARTS & CRAFTS
BABY CRIBS
BACKPACKS & PURSES
BLANKETS (like new only)
BOOKS (no course readers)
CASSETTES, CD’s & Records
CHAIRS (small sizes)
CLOTHING (all types)
COMPUTERS & LAPTOPS
CURTAINS
DISHES (like new only)
EXERCISE EQUIPMENT
FABRIC & THREAD
IRONS
JEWELLERY
LAMPS
MAGAZINES (recent only)
MICROWAVES
SHOES (like new only)
SILVERWARE
SPORTING GOODS
TOOLS
TOYS
~ it’s small, like-new & clean ~

Items that are NOT Accepted

Donating items is a very environmentally-friendly way of giving to others. However if your items are dirty, broken, damaged or large they cannot be accepted. All items that we ask you not to donate are garbage items and not acceptable for the FreeStore.

Do Not Donate:

APPLIANCES
BOX SPRINGS
BUILDING MATERIALS
CAR BATTERIES
CAR SEATS
CEILING LIGHT FIXTURES      
COIL SPRINGS
COURSE READERS
DIAPERS
ENCYCLOPEDIAS
FOOD
FUTONS
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
MATTRESSES
NEWSPAPERS
PAINT
PUZZLES (unless sealed)
RUGS, CARPETS OR PADDING
SOFAS OR COUCHES
SOILED ITEMS
SPACE HEATERS
TIRES
UNDERWEAR
WEIGHTS SETS ~ not dirty, broken or garbage ~

Shopping

The Free Store is operated by the Residence Life staff, Community and Recreation. All residents are welcome. Please do not welcome anyone from outside of the buildings as this is a resident resource.

We will be re-opening as of February 7, 2022. There are some protocols in place, and we ask that you please come prepared to wait in a socially distanced line. You have to leave your name, address and phone number for contact tracing and masks are mandatory. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Aside from Free Store property you’re welcome to take anything. If you are unsure about whether something is Free Store property, please ask the staff member on-duty.

Children are welcome, and we maintain a good stock of toys for them to take home if they wish. Please always watch your kids as our staff cannot take responsibility for children in the FreeStore.

We work hard to keep the Free Store as clean and organized as possible. Please help us and your fellow residents by tidying up any mess you make. We welcome your help in other ways too. If you see a need please talk to us. Your contributions will benefit your community.

Food and drinks are not welcome in the FreeStore. Largely in concern for pest control efforts, you may be asked to leave if you enter the store with open food or drink.


The Free Store was started by residents long ago. In the nineties, the Tenant’s Association got involved to attract and organize a volunteer team to manage the incredible and constant flow of donated items. In 2004, the Tenant’s Association requested that the popular service be taken over formally by Community & Recreation. Community & Recreation gladly accepted and began learning all of the ins and outs of the operation. Since Spring 2005, Community & Recreation staff and volunteers have run the service and it has remained ever popular.