Imagine walking down Charlotte or York Street and seeing a box on someone's lawn with a "Little Free Library" sign on the front. You can't resist opening the door and browsing the selection of books inside. The sign clearly invites you to "take one and return one in exchange".
This delightful approach to a community book exchange first appeared in a Los Angeles Times news story about three years ago. The Little Free Library concepthas since spread across the US and around the world thanks to book lovers who want to share their passion with their communities.
This is just the type of walking-friendly idea that brings neighbours together and one the city of Fredericton could certainly embrace. All it takes is ONE person to start a movement. What are you waiting for?
A Little Free Library in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Image; Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0
Everyday, thousands of shipping pallets are 'retired' after a single use - a one way trip from a manufacturers' warehouse to wholesale or retail outlets. As a result, these pallets are often free for the taking by anyone who wants them.
Up-cycling shipping pallets into furniture has turned into a passion for many people and a business for others like Donna Zang. It all started when she built a wine rack for her brother. Since then, she's been building and selling wine racks, end tables and coffee tables at prices between $50 and $250 per piece.
Not bad considering she can get the wood for free.