A Really Free Market makes its way back to UAF

Published: May. 20, 2022 at 4:20 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - This Saturday, for the first time in two years, a 13 year University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) tradition is making its way back to campus.

Michelle Bartlett, the founder of the Really Free Sale held annually at UAF said, “I have things in my house that really belong in somebody else’s house and did we have enough in this community? Yes we did, but it was in the wrong houses.”

The sale will be held in the “Lola Tilly” parking lot on campus. Bartlett said, “The public is invited to come in and help themselves. It’s not a swap meet, it’s not a flea market, it’s really free.”

Between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. community members are invited to drop off their used items - and while they do so, a band will be performing.

Items dropped off can include but are not limited to: clothes, furniture, toys, books, tools, sporting equipment and much more.

Bartlett mentioned, “Somebody even brought a toilet once. [It’s] things that you have left over that have been been sitting around your house that really need to find a new home.”

After drop off, the sale will be open for browsing at 10:00 a.m. and will close at 11:00 a.m.

“It’s amazing how this parking lot which is filled with cars now, on Saturday between 8:00 and 10:00 it will be filled with stuff, but by 11:15 it’s all gone,” Bartlett said.

Donated items must be clean, safe and usable.

Bartlett exclaimed, “It’s going to be so exciting to see it happening again. It’s sort of like spring coming and a rebirth of the earth and the really free market... a rebirth of the way the Golden Heart City... how it takes care of its own.”

Unclaimed items will go to Green Star of Interior Alaska, the Closet Connection and the Literacy Council of Alaska.

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