A Thingery is a lending library of things housed in a modified shipping container. It acts as a micro-lending library for your community. A place where neighbours can donate their excess goods to allow other neighbours to put them to good use. We’re expanding what can be shared by including things like event & recreation equipment, musical instruments and other household items.
We think that access to shared goods should be convenient, that’s why The Sharing Project is piloting modified shipping containers that act as micro-lending libraries. The small size of the containers allow for this model to be placed in the heart of communities, directly addressing the issues of availability and convenience. The Sharing Project takes care of the inventorying and maintenance of a Thingery, neighbours just need to populate it with underutilized goods from a community (think drills, basketballs, tennis rackets, events tables or a pressure washer).
By sourcing all of the goods from the community we will extend the lifecycle of household goods, reduce the need for ownership, provide access to goods and help create more autonomous communities. The community will not only be involved in the sourcing but also in determining the nature of the inventory.
In August of 2016, The Sharing Project will be hosting a pop-up Thingery in the Grandview Woodland community. Check out our recent blog post to learn more about event details and how to get involved.