THE FREESTORE IS LOCATED AT 1500 EDGEHILL AVENUE, AND IS OPEN ON THE 1ST AND 3RD SATURDAYS OF EACH MONTH FROM 9:00 - 11:00 AM.
Items we need:
Pots and pans
Children's toys and books
New personal hygiene items
New cleaning supplies
Items we do not take:
Unclean items or those or in bad condition
Anything larger than a microwave
About The FreeStore
Opened in late 2011, the FreeStore is a small community shop, centered on the free exchange of donated new or pre-used goods among neighbors. With over 1,300 registered shoppers from Nashville and beyond, the FreeStore offers a place for volunteers and shoppers from all walks of life to work together, eat together, and share household goods. Since our founding, more than 20,000 items have circulated through the store.
Why a FreeStore?
The FreeStore was founded as a space of sharing, centered on the exchange of donated, new or gently used goods among neighbors. With this central purpose in mind, the FreeStore has three guiding principles:
1) Sharing and Redistribution – While we live in a city with an abundance of material wealth there is a dramatically unequal distribution of this wealth. There are many that have a hard time gaining access to basic amenities such as household goods. With this framing in mind, the FreeStore provides a small yet effective way for neighbors to enact an ethic of sharing and redistribution.
2) Collective Participation – The FreeStore strives for the inclusive participation, leadership and direction of its members. This means that whether you participate through shopping, donating, volunteering or any combination of these, we want your voice guiding how we do things. In addition, the FreeStore is run by member-volunteers.
3) Hospitality – The FreeStore strives to be a welcoming space where the coffee pot is always on and everyone is treated with care and respect. Whether you come to shop, donate, volunteer or enjoy the company of neighbors, all are welcome!
Who are our members?
Since it’s founding in 2011, the FreeStore’s registered membership has grown to over 1,300 with 35-60 people coming through the store every time the doors open. Our membership is comprised of folks from all over Nashville (and even a few folks from out of state) but the majority of participating members are from the Edgehill neighborhood itself. Many shop at the store to find fun and unique items while others find necessities. The FreeStore is run by member-volunteers.
How does shopping work?
All interested persons are invited to become a member of the FreeStore. Each member receives a membership card and is able to choose a set number of color-coded items each time the store is open (exact limits depend on available inventory). The FreeStore focuses only on household items: dishes, kitchen tools, small appliances, electronics, bedding, kitchen & bath linens, toys and books. We also provide personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies.
Ways to Volunteer:
1st and 3rd Saturdays (8:30-12:00)
Volunteer hosts are needed to welcome guests, register members, guide shoppers, help prepare food, play with the kids, stock the shelves and run the check out desk.
Shelving Tuesdays (12:30pm - 2:30pm)
Volunteers are needed to help sort donations and prepare the store for Saturday shoppers. We gather on the Tuesday prior to the 1st and 3rd Saturdays to make sure everything is stocked and ready for Saturday! Interested in volunteering? Click here for more information!