The new and improved Hornby Island Free Store will be resurrected on Easter Sunday.

Hornby Island Free Store set to open its doors

Spend less, share more is the attitude of these Islanders

  • Mar. 31, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Terry Farrell

Record staff

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.

 

Just Posted

Woman rescued from Stotan Falls calling for safety measures

3L Developments did not comment on immediate plans to add safety precautions

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

More than 22,000 blood donors needed

Canadian Blood Services is urging Canadians to help meet patients’ needs this… Continue reading

Kiyoshi Kosky running for Courtenay City Council

I am Kiyoshi Kosky and am running in the upcoming Courtenay Municipal… Continue reading

Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department to hold Tour de Rock fundraiser

On Sunday, Aug. 19, the Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department will be having… Continue reading

Average Canadian family spends 43% of income on taxes: study

Fraser Institute’s consumer report shows taxes accounting for larger chunk of income each year

B.C. company patents Sasquatch, the country’s first homegrown hops plant

Created by Hops Connect, Sasquatch hops are being grown commercially for the first time in B.C.

Farmers ponder impact of alternatives to pesticides being banned

The nicotine-based pesticides scientists have linked to a rising number of honey bee deaths will be phased out of use in Canada over a three year period starting in 2021.

Time to kick maverick Tory MP Maxime Bernier out of caucus, Scheer urged

Conservative MP Maxime Bernier is taking issue with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s oft-repeated message of diversity in Canada, calling it a form of “radical multiculturalism.”

Thousands of police officers expected at regimental funeral in Fredericton

Two civilians were killed in a shooting in Fredericton that also claimed the lives of two police officers.

2 girls, hand-drawn map in hand, sneak out of B.C. home for adventure

The pair’s escape has transit police reminding commuters to report unusual behaviour

Authorities call for calm as fires burn near Zeballos

Authorities are asking residents not to panic as several wildfires burn near… Continue reading

Ex-B.C. teachers’ union leader among latest pipeline protesters to get jail time

Twelve people have been sentenced for violating court order to stay away from Kinder Morgan terminal

B.C. not prepared for a Humboldt Broncos bus crash, group says

An air ambulance advocacy group wants an overhaul of B.C.’s emergency medical system in rural regions

Most Read