Garden & Gathering

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Month: June, 2012

Radio Flyer

Awesome idea: walk a wagon around your neighborhood and sell your old books/items.

Sell Your Things

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Garage sales still happen. They are part of summer weekends all over America. Sell your things. Spring cleaning.

You take the weird objects you have previously owned, held on to, and then you get rid of it. Usually for nothing. You are barting your goods to meet your neighbors. You receive quarters for sitting in the warm shade of a Saturday afternoon. Sell your stuff. In our new community, many people don’t have a garage/yard/whatever to sell their old books. We load up garbage bags and drop them off at thrift stores. Let someone else sell your warped records.

My friends John and Kimberly hosted a sale where anyone could come down and set up their own sale. Roman, the pictures, baked vegan muffins. He brewed a mint and a lemon sun tea. Set up his own stand and sold his goods in front of the friend sale. Garage sales and lemonade stands are a beautiful expression of community interacting on a local, self-sufficient scale.

Wendell Berry

“In a society in which nearly everybody is dominated by somebody else’s mind or by a disembodied mind, it becomes increasingly difficult to learn the truth about the activities of governments and corporations, about the quality or value of products, or about the health of one’s own place and economy.
In such a society, also, our private economies will depend less and less upon the private ownership of real, usable property, and more and more upon property that is institutional and abstract, beyond individual control, such as money, insurance policies, certificates of deposit, stocks, and shares. And as our private economies become more abstract, the mutual, free helps and pleasures of family and community life will be supplanted by a kind of displaced or placeless citizenship and by commerce with impersonal and self-interested suppliers…
Thus, although we are not slaves in name, and cannot be carried to market and sold as somebody else’s legal chattels, we are free only within narrow limits. For all our talk about liberation and personal autonomy, there are few choices that we are free to make. What would be the point, for example, if a majority of our people decided to be self-employed?
The great enemy of freedom is the alignment of political power with wealth. This alignment destroys the commonwealth – that is, the natural wealth of localities and the local economies of household, neighborhood, and community – and so destroys democracy, of which the commonwealth is the foundation and practical means.”
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