Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Hello friends,

In our recent post-RRFM downtime we've been scheming and brainstorming for the next one. We are still working on our plans, but for the time being we are looking to solicit for services of all kinds, whether that's a skillshare (wilderness survival, repairs, cooking, juggling, home-brewing, fire-eating, etc. etc.), theory workshops (horizontalism, gender liberation, tactic/strategy, etc. etc.) or plain ol' offering of your talents (hair styling, massage, yoga, burrito making, birthing consultation, nose picking, counseling, legal advice, etc. etc.). If you have talents/skills/desires as related to these, we'd love for you to show up on the 17th and offer them. However, it would also be pretty awesome if you contacted us (via email) ahead of time so we could promote your workshop/service.

Regarding talents, we are certainly open to musicians, puppeteers, whatever, playing during the RRFM. The Earth House has a PA and microphones available so all that is taken care of. If you'd like to perform, please contact us ahead of time as well (or just show up!).

In our efforts to make this one of the best and most diverse RRFM's in the country we are hoping to reach out to various communities who would be interested in participating. With that in mind, an artist friend of ours expressed a desire to see more artists bring their work to give to other art afficionados and artists themselves. We also thought this was a fantastic idea. If you have any good ideas on getting the word out to this (or any) community, please let us know. Furthermore, if you have ideas of other individuals or communities who would be interested in participating, please let us know, or request flyers from us so you can do the promotion yourself if you'd like.

Speaking of promotion, we aren't sure when it is going to print, but we believe the story on the past RRFM might run in tomorrow's (31st) edition of NUVO newsweekly. Be on the lookout for that.

Finally, in one of our more excited brainstorming sessions, we think we've created an unofficial mascot for the Indy RRFM. Ladies and Germs, we introduce to you...

Autonomous the Octopus! (visual to come later)

Just think of the possibilities- homemade Autonomous the Octopus dolls made from recycled fabric, Autonomous the Octopus coloring books for the kids, Autonomous the Octopus t-shirts screenprinted during a RRFM skillshare, Autonomous the Octopus flamethrowers! Uh..well, maybe not that last one considering our debacle with the smoke alarms at The Earth House.

Ok, that's enough for now friends. Keep brainstorming on your end. Spread the word to your buddies, on your blogs, in smoke signals, with your skywriting bi-planes, through mental telepathy. Whatever! We'll keep up on our end and continue updating the site (soon to be updated with links and dates).

- RRFM instigators

Remember, Autonomous the Octopus says, "Hey kids, Capitalism is boring! Come to the Really Really Free Market!"

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Handbill Flyers

Click on the flyer to see a close-up image

New Flyers

Hey friends,

Here are a couple new flyers we'll be posting around town soon. We'll also be making smaller handbills as well. If you want either to hand out to others or keep as a reminder for yourself, just leave us a comment or send us an email. Thanks and see you in a few weeks!

-RRFM instigators

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays everybody!

For those of you who picked up Xmas gifts at the RRFM last Saturday (and we know some of you did), we hope they are well received. Just think what you might be able to contribute to next month's RRFM from all the Xmas's past!

More updates, site changes and new flyers to come soon.

- RRFM instigators

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Photos! (lots more to come...as we load them)

Really Really Free Market recap

The post prior to this wasn't sure what else to say before the event, but since the 'Free Market ended yesterday there is so much to say that we don't even know where to start. Expect a few rambling posts about the 'Free Market the next few days.

Needless to say, the first Really Really Free Market was a resounding success, far surpassing any of the instigators' expectations. People arrived before the start time and no one really stopped coming until just before the event ended. We never even attempted to keep a tally of how many people came, but the event drew participants from start to finish and the energy of the room never died.

We attribute some of this turnout success to unexpected (but appreciated) promotion by individual blogs, message board posts, word of mouth and unsolicited mentions in both the free newsweekly (NUVO) and daily corporate newspaper (Indy Star). We actually didn't even know we were mentioned in the Star until the middle of the event that day.

As evidenced by the amount of people who contributed and came out to the event, this 'Free Market is an idea whose time has obviously come. The appeal of a 'Free Market truly cuts through all sectors of society regardless of political/religious affiliation, cultural background or economic class as evidenced by the diversity of people who showed up on Saturday. Considering the aspects of a RRFM are practiced unknowingly by families and neighbors every time they gather in block parties, holiday dinners or sport games, it's no big step to initiate it publicly amongst strangers without a hitch. Or at least one would think.

Our biggest obstacle in the promotion and practice of the RRFM was convincing others that, YES, everything is truly FREE. Free, without a sales promotion, without a pyramid scheme, without trade, without barter, without ownership, but plain and simple free. We tried our best to continuously push the "free" concept in our emails, blog posts and word of mouth, but even on the day of the event others took it on themselves to publish the event as a bartering market....which, again....it's not. We even had a friend almost NOT attend the yoga session at the RRFM because they thought it was a paying class. We certainly noticed a hesitation amongst participants when the RRFM started, but after a little prodding and encouragement, people willingly dropped their inhibitions and partook of the goods. We were informed that even when some people started taking items they would sheepishly mention "This is weird. I sort of feel guilty." And repeatedly some of us were approached with the question, "So, how does this all work? If I want something, do I need to claim it or fill something out?" Our response was simply, "Nope. Just take it!"

Although we felt a small tinge of frustration that the concept that EVERYTHING IS FREE wasn't being so readily accepted, we pulled ourselves back in perspective and realized, this is the very reason we started this, to break people of the notion that in this world dominated by the capitalist paradigm that nothing is free and there is always a catch, but instead, yes, THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES. We can practice another way and do so without restriction. After all, this RRFM is the perfect opportunity to prove the possibility of cooperation and horizontalism, amongst so many other basic ideals. Soon enough, people caught on and visited the rows and rows of free goods multiple times to see if they missed anything they might have wanted.

Speaking of, for those of you that didn't attend, you might be wondering what kind of stuff was offered. Well, we made a handy dandy little list for you. Here goes.

Clothes, shoes, an imac computer, a typewriter, both a kid and adult drumset, vegan desserts, groceries, stereos, toys, books, radical literature/posters/stickers, fabric, video's/dvd's, a bread maker, luggage, chairs, paint, magazines, games, a child car seat, bike parts, cups/glasses/silverware, a polaroid camera, picnic basket, sleeping bag, comic books, a slide projector, a TV, a bike, etc. etc.

Then there were the services...

Massage (a big hit)
Reiki healing
Tarot card readings
Pencil portrait drawings from photos
A demo on primitive fire making
Bike repair
Portrait photography
A free placenta encapsulation offer
A yoga class (also a big hit)
A wilderness survival presentation table

So yeah, this RRFM certainly avoided the potential "dumping ground" of undesirables (items, not people!) that can plague events like this and we thank everyone who attended, put on a demonstration or brought items to share. The organizers were thanked repeatedly for putting on the event, but it certainly wasn't us. It was truly everyone that showed up and made the event what it was/is.

Speaking of what the event IS, we have another month until the next one. There was such a good environment at this event that most people said they were going to return next month and this time with more stuff to offer, not to mention they offered to tell their friends as well. We really expect next month to be even better than this month, fortunately we have more room to expand within the Earth House and we'd love it if we could use those other beautiful areas.

Obviously we can't promise anything this far in advance, but we did get verbal confirmation that the Wilderness folks are going to come back each month and offer another demo. When they tell us exactly what their plans are we'll let everyone know what skills they will be teaching in advance. We were also told the massage therapist will be returning as well. We also plan on courting more individuals for services and hopefully some live music (conversation enhancing styles of course). As always, if you have anything you want to offer or know of others with skills some people might be interested in, please get them in touch. We'd love to see a couple hair stylists show up and offer haircuts to participants or other activities as such.

It was also brought to our attention by an artist friend of ours that they would love to see more artists come and offer their work, as most artists enjoy collecting each others pieces, but often don't have the money to buy them. We hope to tap into this culture and see if there is any interest in participating. Any help with this would be appreciated.

Oh, there was one more problem with the RRFM I should mention. We almost burned down the building. KIdding! But during the fire making demonstration, the kindling started to smolder and the amount of smoke generated was certainly cause for concern. Sure enough, the smoke alarms went off and an Earth House member arrived just in time to punch in the code to silence them. It was a temporarily worrisome, but quite amusing moment in an already high-energy environment. We'll take more precautions next time.

Finally, again we want to thank everyone who made this event what it is. We can't wait to see you at future RRFM's and see where this thing takes us all.

- RRFM organizers/instigators

P.S. - there was a photo of the RRFM in Sunday's Star and Nuvo is doing a write-up as well. Look out for those.

Friday, December 19, 2008

See you tomorrow!

Well, the day is here and we don't know what else to say except see you tomorrow afternoon! Keep your day open for the Really Really Free Market and bring along some friends at the last minute!

Some of us will be there early setting up, but officially everything kicks off at 2:30. If you haven't visited the Earth House yet, it is a beautiful and spacious environment with newly refinished hardwood floors. If you are bringing along items to offer you have a few display options. You can lay them out on the ground like a standard market or you can set them up on any of the tables we might have available, or if you want to bring your own table that is fine as well.

If you have any last minute questions feel free to send us an email and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. We are looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow. Let's make this first event a standard for the rest!

- RRFM organizers/instigators

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

i scream!

Hopefully you'll see a few people walking into the RRFM as a giveaway to the location, but if you don't we hope to have a couple signifiers for you.

1. We, if everything goes right, will have a banner strung between light poles at the corner of New York and East street.

But even if that doesn't happen we will,

2. Have an ice cream bicycle with a bright rainbow umbrella on top parked on the corner. If you miss that...you might be in the wrong state.

Again, the RRFM is in the Earth House/Lockerbie church at 237 N. East Street. Look for the banner and the ice cream bicycle.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Hey friends,

We're just a handful of days away from the inaugural Indy Really Really Free Market, and we say "inaugural" because we certainly don't intend on this being the first and last, but hope the momentum of this kick-off RRFM carries on to fuller and more rewarding RRFM's into the year. The word on the street is that attendance is going to be pretty awesome. Let's hope the numbers carry through and we all create a vibrant experience of communalism and gift-giving.

We've been asked by a number of individuals about leaving items at the RRFM in case you have to leave early. We want to reiterate that the location of the RRFM is only a locale for RRFM and we have no agreement to store leftover items at The Earth House. Therefore, we kindly request that everyone remain responsible for anything you bring, though feel free to ask others if they will take responsibility for any leftovers in case you have to leave early. Some of the organizers/instigators are also willing to take extra items home if that is needed. But hey, let's hope everything you bring finds a needed user!!

That's it for now. Keep spreading the word and we'll see you on Saturday!

- RRFM organizers/instigators

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Update and directions

Hey friends,

We are just about one week away from the RRFM kick-off and we're pretty excited about its potential. Some immediate friends of ours who can't make it to this first one have given us lots of items to bring, so there will be no shortage of goods for people to search through. We do want to reiterate, there is no obligation to bring anything to the RRFM, but if you want to participate in some way, but are short on ideas for items or services, you could always bake some cookies! Regardless, your presence will be your present.

Speaking of contributions, we have been contacted by an interested individual who is offering massage, tarot card readings and Reiki healing. There is also the potential that some wilderness survival folks who teach free classes in Rocky Ripple on Sundays will hold a skillshare or some sort of "wilderness survival 101" presentation.

Aside from that we have clothes, electronics, food, tools, literature, household items and all kinds of other goodies...and that's just on our end!

It has been brought to our attention that the Earth House location isn't a tourist landmark of any kind (though it should be!) and its whereabouts are something of a mystery. With that in mind, the following should hopefully get you there. We will do our best to have a sign/banner posted on the corner as the entrance isn't in a prominent location (around back).

Lockerbie Central Church
237 North East Street
The corner of New York and East St.
2 blocks East of O'malia's grocery store

If that doesn't help, check the Earth House Collective website


or send us an email at indyrrfm@gmail.com

Tell all your friends and see you on the 20th!

- RRFM organizers/instigators

Sunday, December 7, 2008

New Poster and update

Hey friends,

We've had some individuals come forward and offer awesome activities/services for all attending the RRFM. So far we have a yoga class led by a certified yoga instructor, chair massages by a massage therapist, placenta encapsulation by Placenta Girls, student consultation from a nurse practitioner/midwifery student, portrait photos by a professional photographer, bicycle repair by a skilled mechanic and surely more to schedule or simply show up! Just to clarify, we've had these individuals agree to perform their services ahead of time, but there is no reservation process for this event. If you have anything you want to offer, just show up with supplies and a sign and we're all good to go!

Also, we have created a new poster for the event that we will be printing and distributing around town. If you would like to help advertise for the event, email us and we will send you a PDF of the flyer. Further, if anyone has access to free copies, please get in touch as we would like help in avoiding the costs of copying these flyers.

- RRFM organizers

Saturday, December 6, 2008

big time

Umm...Wow. Imagine our surprise when we opened NUVO today to discover the Really Really Free Market was listed in the Social Justice Calendar page, without any doing on our part to get it there. I guess a good idea spreads on its own huh?! Regardless, thanks NUVO!

We are currently working on a new RRFM poster that we'll post when it's finished. This one is going to utilize the current economic "oopsy" with a little more teeth. We hope you like it. We'll send a PDF out to everyone on our email list in case you want to print and make copies yourself. Also, as our free copy hookup disappeared recently, we'd like to secure a new one if any of you have access to free copies. If so, please shoot us an email.

-RRFM organizers

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Participation confusion

Hello friends,

We are constantly thrilled to be getting such great feedback about the RRFM coming up, however, maybe the structure of the (dis)organization has made things a little confusing as to how the RRFM functions.

We were recently informed that a couple people have dropped off items (a large batch of clothing?) at The Earth House last week. As awesome as we think it is that people want to contribute to the RRFM, we also need to clarify that although the RRFM is being held AT the Earth House, it isn't fundamentally an activity OF the Earth House Collective, therefore we would request that you do not use the Earth House as a drop off point for any items as we have not established any area for storage of such items.

We certainly don't want to discourage anyone from getting involved, so if you absolutely can't make it to this first one (or any following RRFM's) and want to arrange for someone else to bring your items to the market, please send us an email and we will make arrangements for you.

Furthermore, although a RRFM has the potential to ease the burden of acquiring physical necessities by offering "stuff" up for free, another one of its more rewarding components is the act of communing. We hope that at a RRFM, instead of just getting rid of "stuff", that you would also like to meet others, experience what it is to give and take freely without obligation, and possibly consider how groups and individuals can extend this type of gift economy and social liberation to all aspects of our lives.

Until we figure all that out, we respectfully request that you do not leave items at the Earth House and instead email us for pick up arrangments if possible.

Thank you and see you on the 20th.

-Indy RRFM organizers

Monday, December 1, 2008

Calling all participants...

As the days go by we are becoming increasingly encouraged by the interest that everyone is showing in the RRFM, as well as by the offerings of services that we have so far. Participation is vital to the success of the RRFM. If anyone is interested in contributing to that success, here are a few services/sources of entertainment that we would love to see offered on December 20th:

-music/drumming lessons
-live music
-face painting
-juggling ;)

The Earth House provides plenty of room and opportunity for endless possibilities. If you have a skill that you would love to share with everyone but it's not listed, no worries, show up and offer! Of course, the material goods and food are welcome and encouraged also.

If you would like to commit to offering up your skills/talents for the RRFM on December 20th, please contact us as we intend to send out teaser e-mails, flyers and such.

As always, we are excited that this ball is rolling and look forward to seeing everyone in a few short weeks!

~Indy RRFM Organizers

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Alternative Gift Fair

Spreading the word about the coming RRFM at today's Alternative Gift Fair was a resounding success, with buzz for the event building and great responses to the flyers all around. We passed out a good number of flyers, have another batch of email addresses to add to our already substantial list and received great verbal response for the event. We possibly have a few "vendors" in the bag to contribute services, including a portrait photographer. In all everything went better than planned.

As always, contact us with any questions/suggestions about the RRFM and in the meantime, consider what you yourself might be able to contribute, but even if you draw a blank, come anyways!

-Indy RRFM organizers

Check out this new propaganda piece regarding the financial crisis. We should have a stack of these available at the RRFM.


Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Black Friday/Buy Nothing Day

Hey friends,

Happy Black Friday/Buy Nothing Day. We hope you are at home, hanging out with friends or doing anything but getting "malled" today. Save your money and see what xmas presents show up at the Really Really Free Market just before Xmas!


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Alternative Gift Fair

Hey Friends,

Participants of the Indy Really Really Free Market will be at the Earth House on Saturday, November 29th to hand out fliers at the Alternative Gift Fair. If you see us there and have questions about participating, please feel free to approach us. We'd be glad to answer any questions about the concept behind a RRFM or how you can get involved.

Until then, here are some links to RRFM's around the country, some put on by friends of ours.


Sunday, November 23, 2008

plans and confusion

Hey friends,

The Indy Really Really Free Market is still rolling on as we are only one month away from the inaugural event. We've made a couple flyers (that have been posted on this blog) and have begun distributing them around town. We have also been sending out emails to our lists and to those of you that signed up at the Food Coop presentation a few weeks back. We'll continue to send out emails as the date draws closer. Be on the lookout for flyers and if you'd like to hand some out yourself, contact us through the email (indyrrfm@gmail.com) and we'll see about getting you some. Remember, word of mouth is the quickest and easiest way to get people interested. With that in mind, there has been some confusion with the Really Really Free Market date.

A group of unfortunate souls had a difficult time finding the location on their way to the supposed RRFM last Friday. The exact address is on the flyers and the dates are correct as well. The RRFM will only be held on the third SATURDAY of every month starting in December. I don't know how the mix up occurred, but there was no RRFM in November and it wasn't on a Friday. Regardless, that situation has been remedied and we hope to see you all next month.

Do come in any regard, but also consider any items or skills you might possess to share with others. The success and vitality of a RRFM is dependent on the type of atmosphere we all create together, so do keep that in mind. Whatever your passion, (cooking, repairs, art, massage, etc.) or whatever items you'd like to pass along (computer, cookware, bikes, etc.) please come to the RRFM on Saturday December 20th.

Email us with any further questions/comments.