by Jordan Green


Anti-consumerist urges in the season of conspicuous consumption

If the troublemaking, anarchistic artist Kathy Clark has a hand in organizing it, and the Facebook event page says serial Republican candidate and Santa Claus impersonator Jim Rumley is attending, there must be something to it that transcends the polarizing madness of our age. Yes, it’s Buy Nothing Day, or Black Friday, the day retailers hope to go into the black for the year as the shopping rush gets underway in the aftermath of Thanksgiving.

But for those who are traumatized by the notion of exploding credit-card debt to meet the expectations of the season or by claustrophobic shopping malls, the day has been subverted into an alternative concept known as the Really Really Free Market.

It goes down at Glenwood Coffee and Books on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s not a swap meet because everything is free. The idea is give what you have and take what you need. The Facebook event page cautions against bringing drugs, alcohol, weapons, hazardous materials, animals or anything illegal.

But books to donate to a Reading Connections book drive are wanted, along with non-perishable food items to donate to local food banks. Clothing, housewares and toys are all appreciated.

Speaking of free stuff, the city of Winston-Salem is giving away wood much through the end of the year. The mulch is available for pickup Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Overdale Yard Waste Facility, located at 4010 Old Milwaukee Lane.