The Occupy Castlemaine Free Shop
1 March, 2012
Come to the Free Shop every week at The Wesley Hill Market for a truly unique shopping experience. At our shop absolutely everything is absolutely gratis, can you believe that? No fiddly Eftpos, no burdensome credit cards, at The Free Shop we take the hassle out of shopping because we take the cash out of the equation. No bills, no tax returns, no worries!
Why do we give everything away? Because we care, that’s why. We care about you, our most valued customer. Just bring along those things that are lying about the attic gathering dust and take home something you really need, or that extra special trinket that you will cherish forever. Are you looking for that certain je ne se quoi that will fill the gaping void in your soul? We just might have what you have always been looking for. Our specially trained staff are more than willing to turn a blind ear to your parsimonious thrift in order to ‘make a sale’.
So what’s in it for us? you may well ask
Well, to cut to the chase, it’s all about Things. People go to work to buy the Things they need, do they not? Now, many, many people sadly do not find their work satisfying, enjoyable or even mildly amusing. Far too many of us are forced to do BAD Things, in order to earn our daily bread: Destroying the environment, depleting valuable resources, exploiting our fellow creatures, etc, etc. “I am not a real Nazi, I am just doing my job”.
Not to mention degrading our own self worth in the process. Now try, if you may, to imagine a world where we get everything we need for nothing. We would no longer be compelled to do irksome tasks that go against the grain of our finely tuned consciences – Bad Things. We would only do the things we truly enjoyed doing – Good Things. (Except of course for the psychopaths who unfortunately feel compelled to do Bad Things for the sheer pleasure of it. But at least we wouldn’t be paying them to do it, would we?)
“Who would do all the work? you may well ask, and this is a reasonable question
Work will be abolished. Recently I had the pleasure of picking walnuts in Wonnangatta for a friend. A bunch of us spent the best part of a week picking and sorting and bagging nuts all day and drinking and singing and carousing all night. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. But if we did it week in, week out, ad infinitum we would no doubt be bored to tears. One man’s fish is another man’s bicycle, as the Feminists would say.
Obviously there is a plethora of exciting, meaningful, worthy exploits we would dearly love to sink our teeth into, if only we weren’t weighed down by the weight of our mortgages. (Sorry to interrupt your dreams with a jolt of Reality). So if we can manage to fulfil our basic needs without spending money, then maybe, just maybe we can carve out a couple of days a week when we aren’t working for The Man or The Bank to devote to the projects we dearly love.
Here at Occupy Castlemaine, we already have a few worthy projects on the boil:
A Festival of Activists Groups
We are looking to have a ‘Day of Change’ involving all the people dedicated to ‘subverting the dominant paradigm’ having an information stall.
We would like to show political and environmental films, possibly in the courtyard at the back of the Theatre Royal on a regular basis
Don’t Buy New
A database of outlets for recycled goods. We already have The Free Shop and Retro-Fit for recycled electronic Goods situated at CASPA above Stonemans Bookroom. Please feel free to add to the list.
In our effort to eradicate the car from the face of the are setting up a group to work with the local council to encourage the use of trains, buses, bicycles, walking and all other sustainable methods of transport.
In order to do away with the slavery of the Mortgage we are looking at ways to create secure debt free housing.
I forget what that acronym actually stands for but it is on the web. It is talks by people on vital topics for our continued growth as the only species on this planet and quite possibly any other planet in the neighbourhood with a fully developed awareness of our own existence and the consequences that existence has on all the other blissfully ignorant species with whom we share this swiftly spinning orb.
It would be great to get some local Teds up and running.
Greening the Planet
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the buildings in Castlemaine and everywhere else in the known universe were covered with creeper? This would do wonders for reabsorbing our profligate greenhouse emissions and it would look nice too.
These are just a few of the exciting projects you could be involved with if you weren’t so busy earning a dollar.
If you would like to be involved with any of these things come along to the Wesley Hill Market of a Saturday and sign on the dotted line.
If you have some exciting projects of your own to add to the list, let us know, come along to the market or check out Occupy Castlemaine on the worldwide spy network, Facebook.
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