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Free Store Opens In New York City

Posted: 02/23/09 02:33 PM ET

This article originally appeared on PSFK.com.

We recently visited Free Store, the part cultural pop-up shop, part second hand boutique in Lower Manhattan. Created by artists Athena Robles and Anna Stein, the Free Store is a model of economic sustenance that we believe could be used (at least on a small scale) in cities worldwide.

The store operates in two different ways. First there is the free shopping method based on a barter and exchange system. Visitors offer their 'useful' possessions, like books and clothing, in exchange for items in the store. Some limited edition goods produced in-house by the artists are available for barter while supplies last.

Second, the Free Store takes donations and offers instore 'credit' in the form of 'World Bills'. Contributors to Free Store will receive World Bills for donated goods and services. The bills can be traded or collected and later used for future barters. Read more about this unique store at PSFK.com.

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