Morgan's Brain

May. 25, 2009 at 10:13am

Thoughts on a Re-Usable Economy, Self-Sufficiency, and Community Building

I'm just putting this out there.

I've been thinking about our consumerist culture a lot lately. If nothing else comes out of the current global economic melt-down, I hope it's a back to basics on what made this country great in the first place: the resourcefulness of its people.

For me, I've rediscovered the joy of making everything from home made bread to home made wine and beer. I get satisfaction out of being forced to slow down, live in the present, and gain a deeper understanding of the time, energy, and ingredients go into the stuff normally taken for granted. I also think twice about disposing of an item that could be repaired and reused. I think a lot of other people are also going through this.

Some years ago, I heard about a community-wide yard sale in Hawaii. The unique thing about it in my mind was that it was run by the government in the state owned Aloha Stadium. That's pretty forward thinking! Lately, I've also heard about more community exchange yard sales where all the items are free. The Washington State Dept of Ecology runs "2Good2Toss" where you can search by county stuff people are selling or giving away. But web sites in and of themselves don't build community - that's what appeals to me about Hawaii's yard sale: it's real.

I wonder how the residents of Tacoma, with their Dome, would support a community-wide yard sale event. I guess the one in Hawaii has become a huge draw with tourists. I don't think Tacoma has quite the draw as Hawaii, but I think if done right, it could be pretty big. People still like to shop and people always like a deal!

What do you think? How could it work? Would it work if it were year-round every week? Or would it be better to have to be a once or twice a year event? Is this even something we should expect or want to see our city do?

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by Rith on 5/26/2009 @ 8:51am
That would be great. It would be better if it could be kept to second hand items, crafts, or locally produced wares. I wouldn't want it to turn into a swap meet full of imported plastic garbage.