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Original Calgary market will offer pay-what-you-can garments, household goods and food

Original Calgary market will offer pay-what-you-can garments, household goods and food

Alice Lam says Steady Neighbour Community Market Calgary will offer pay-what-you-can objects from household goods, to garments to non-perishable food. Closing particulars, love the painting the shop’s entrance, are underway in come of the shop’s grand opening on July 24. (Helen Pike/CBC)

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A new 2nd-hand market is opening in downtown Calgary without a note tags. 

Steady Neighbour Community Market, situated at 149 Fifth Avenue S.E., is dazzling steps a ways from the Bow skyscraper and Chinatown.

It will offer donated garments, books, houseplants, household goods and non-perishable food objects. If clients love, they will plan a voluntary donation to abet quilt the market’s costs. 

Alice Lam, who co-founded the market, said a crew of about 45 volunteers from electricians to painters had been laborious at work getting the market ready for opening day on July 24.

“Starting a store is animated, nonetheless it completely’s been ‘many hands plan gentle work.’ We have been essentially blessed to own a community of of us that essentially imagine in the mission of what we’re doing here,” she said.

“Or no longer it’s been essentially thrilling and inspirational … particularly after a truly laborious 12 months, feeling isolated and withdrawn from the neighborhood.”

The Calgary market invites clients to pay what they will for donated objects. (Helen Pike/CBC)

Lam said the market sprung from a old initiative, a free neighborhood fridge dwelling up in Crescent Heights.

Folks donating food had been furthermore taken with contributing garments and other objects. A landlord offered up the dwelling on Fifth Avenue completely free, so long as Lam’s crew of volunteers revitalized it at their very hold note.

“This store, dazzling love the fridge, is ready mutual aid. Or no longer it’s about giving a barrier-free ride. So we’re no longer checking of us’ profits when they reach to the shop. We’re essentially dazzling counting on the neighborhood to tackle every other,” she said.

The market is dazzling Lam’s most modern neighborhood initiative. She’s furthermore the organizer in the relieve of a push to elevate bouquets of flowers to isolated seniors and the founder of Volly, an app matching volunteers with nonprofits.

She said she hopes the market can change into a neighborhood hub, and more than likely offer products and companies love financial literacy lessons for neighborhood contributors or artists’ studios. 

“I essentially love this neighbourhood because we’re situated so end to so much subsidized housing, Chinatown and the East Village. There’s in fact quite a excessive population of seniors, low-profits individuals that dwell in the neighbourhood — and there essentially is just not any longer essentially a neighborhood gathering dwelling for them,” she said.

Right here’s quite progress video! Hundreds volunteer hours place into this venture and so many kind donations. pic.twitter.com/HAg0pSolrn


Gabriella Wong Ken, a cofounder of the market and of mutual aid organization The Hatch, said it used to be critical to the crew to plan the market titillating and inclusive.

The doorway and walls are embellished by native artists.

“I judge that everyone deserves access to day to day objects that they need in a dignified manner,” she said. “For us … here is dazzling purely about helping other of us, which I judge is dazzling magnificent.”

Donations are welcomed on the market between 1 and 5 p.m. on Fridays. Donations can furthermore be dropped off at Tigerstedt Market or Le Freak. 

Original Calgary market will offer pay-what-you-can garments, household goods and food