Sunday, April 26, 2009

The First Really Really Free Market in Melbourne and Palm Bay, Florida

Actually, the first in Melbourne and Palm Bay but, at this time, the only RRFM in Florida. And it was rousing success beyond any concept I think any of us had.

People started arriving just before one pm. Parking was a little difficult due to the Art Fest being at the same time a block over. But the new Cuban restaurant, El Ambia Cubano, (950 E. Melbourne Ave, 321-327-8389) was happy to help by holding a bit of parking for us. They also were happy to help with a dolly and manpower as well as with (vegetarians, skip to the next paragraph) an amazing whole pig BBQ'd under coals as well as fresh squeezed cane juice. These folks compost and recycle even though such services are not present for businesses. If you can, go there.

By half past one, it was hopping. There were steady waves inflow and outflow until a bit after three. Then it slowed and, by four, there was nearly nothing left. Some took the little left home to bring next time. Some took what was left to charity.

We had folks from many different areas of the county and even city officials (Michele Paccione, City Commissioner, with me, at the left). Police kept the traffic moving and it was smooth as glass. Amazing.

Framed art, kitchenware, babyfood, clothing, books, hardware, furniture, computer supplies and other electronics. Movies, CDs, computer games. All came and went.

I went there with four large bins of clothing, electronics, kitchenware, frames, per supplies and much more. I came home with almost none of it and with a meditation bench (who knew I'd find one of those) pants hangers (I had said that morning I needed to buy some) a Dilbert collection, a massage therapy text and a Pink Floyd T-shirt.

Some folks found exactly what they were looking for. Torch lamps. baby clothes.

We are making a difference and bringing people together at the same time. There was great interplay between the RRFM and Food not Bombs as well. All together, it was perfect.

Thanks to everyone who participated and to all those who helped get the word out. Same time next month folks. Last Sunday of the month, 1 to 4.

Craig Smith (center, in crosshatch shirt), me (blue shirt and dungarees), Shelly Baum (behind me, sitting, in purple shirt) and Matt Briand (far left, in hat, looking down).

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