The FreeStore 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!
The FreeStore is located on the 3rd floor of 30 Charles Street West. When open, the area is monitored by security staff and the FreeStore is always staffed. Residents living in both 30 & 35 Charles St. W. are welcome to use the service.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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
BACKPACKS & PURSES
BLANKETS (like new only)
BOOKS (no course readers)
CASSETTES, CD’s & Records
CHAIRS (small sizes)
CLOTHING (all types)
COMPUTERS & LAPTOPS
DISHES (like new only)
FABRIC & THREAD
MAGAZINES (recent only)
SHOES (like new only)
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:
CEILING LIGHT FIXTURES
PUZZLES (unless sealed)
RUGS, CARPETS OR PADDING
SOFAS OR COUCHES
WEIGHTS SETS ~ not dirty, broken or garbage ~
The FreeStore is operated by Community Development. All residents are welcome. Please do not welcome anyone from outside of the buildings as this is a resident resource.
Aside from FreeStore property you’re welcome to take anything. If you are unsure about whether something is FreeStore 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 watch your kids at all times as Community Development takes no responsibility for children at the FreeStore.
We work hard to keep the FreeStore nice and tidy. 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 FreeStore 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.