In 2015 Xena launched its Free Market experiment in Padua, the moneyless market: a monthly appointment to encourage re-use and solidarity, an alternative opportunity to the purchasing market.
What is it? The Free Market is inspired by the gift economy and charity shops, very common in Northern Europe. Anyone, freely and for free, can take what he/she needs or simply likes, with the only limit of not exceeding 10 pieces. It is not necessary to donate an object to take another, because the main objective is the redistribution, the reuse of objects.
What can you find at the Free Market? You can rummage among books, clothes, shoes, home ware, curiosities and treasures waiting to be found!
How does it work? Once a month, the market is set up at Xena. During the event you can choose 10 free pieces, without exchange, barter, offer, money. Those who wish can still donate their items to the monthly Free Market, but without exceeding 5 pieces.
In 2017, the Free Market was among the winners of the Bando Forza+, and thanks to this funding it will enhance the impact of its experiment in the alternative economy. The Free Market is among the realities reported by the Mercato Circolare App.
The next Free Market will be Tuesday 12 October from 4 pm to 6pm in the internal courtyard of Casa Comboni in via Citolo da Parugia, 35 in Padova. In case of bad weather, it will be postponed.