[savings type; whatever you find!]
The Really Really Free Market (RRFM) movement first began in 2003 in North America and has since spread across the world. As a movement that aims to counteract Consumerism, the RRFM forms temporary markets based on the gift economy. This means at the market, everything is free. The idea revolves around less of the sale of something, but rather sharing items among the community.
The Singapore version of the RRFM is supported by the Post-Museum, an independent community of very pleasant people, and takes place about once every other month. These temporary markets in Singapore "pop-up" at various different places and updates are available via their Facebook page. The next session will take place on 15th December at Hong Lim Park and more details can be found here. Do register for a booth if you're interested to contribute and share!
So, what will one expect at an RRFM session in Singapore?
Well, lifehacksg popped over a couple of times over the course of 2013 and generally we have very positive comments about the concept. Juxtaposed in the setting of Singapore which most argue as a city which symbolizes consumerism, the Singapore RRFM is boldy refreshing! People come from all walks of life to share both skills (teaching Japanese, free back massages, guitar lessons, Yoga sessions, meditation...) and items (books, clothes, food, art pieces ...). At a recent session, we walked away with a self-portrait, poetry and a postcard and some great books!
We don't suggest that you go with a mindset of wanting to get free stuff; but rather treat it as a day out to explore yet another unique underground social community in Singapore with the chance of some hidden finds! Remember, bring what you can and take what you need!