Hornby Islanders are awaiting a resurrection they can call their own, and fittingly, it happens on Easter Sunday.
Half a year after the original structure’s demolition, The Hornby Island Free Store will re-open this weekend.
The HI Free Store served Hornby Islanders for three decades, based on the concept of less consumerism and more re-using, recycling and sharing as a society. But the old building was deemed unsafe and the doors were closed, permanently.
Alsoon Brine says this weekend’s re-opening has been a long-anticipated event, from those having to do without a community staple for the past six months.
“Our building was condemned by the CVRD as not being strong enough to withstand wind and snow loads. Last Fall it was emptied and torn down. The whole population here has been in ‘Free Store withdrawal’ all winter – and everyone is waiting with bated breath until we can again ‘go shopping’ for free.”
Construction of the new building is now complete, and the finishing touches are being added this week.
“The painting was finished several days ago and a bunch of volunteers laid the floor on the weekend,” said Brine. “Gardeners have been super busy beautifying the front. The electrician comes tomorrow. And the grand unveiling will happen Sunday from 1 to 3. There will be rousing music, great food, a ribbon cutting, a tour and great socializing in one of the best and most educational venues on Hornby: the Recycling Depot.”
Donations will start being accepted immediately following Sunday’s ceremonial opening.
“Soon the store will be well stocked with clothing, books, sporting equipment, household goods, furniture, working electronics, appliances and pretty well anything that anyone could need,” said Brine. “As always, everything is free.”
For more information, check out their Facebook page: Hornby Island Recycling Depot.