Maybe it’s the refreshing fall air or the persistent blech economic news, but folks in Brooklyn are acting mighty generous to each other this weekend with all these free shwag events. That’s especially true in Bed-Stuy, where two celebrations of freeness are planned Saturday: the grand opening of the Brooklyn Free Store, Bed-Stuy’s capitalism-shunning free-for-all; and the Swap + Meet, a “clothing swap social” at the Macon Branch of the library. Hey, looks like it’s finally time to take that trip to The Stuy you’ve been thinking about!
The Brooklyn Free Store, which has been in operation for a little more two months, will celebrate its opening Saturday from 2 pm-midnight with live music, free food, skill shares, face painting, silk screenings and, of course, a free trade that encourages patrons to “Take what you want. Share what you think others may enjoy.” Workshops include: bike basics, self defense, kombucha brewing, wine fermentation and more (full schedule).
The Swap + Meet, scheduled for 12 pm-4 pm, bills itself as a social gathering that aims to lessen the amount of clothing that ends up in landfills. It’s your basic swap format: bring at least one bag of unwanted clothes or accessories, walk away with new-to-you stuff from someone else. The event takes place at the Macon branch of the library, 361 Lewis Ave. at Macon Street. (full list of guidelines).