Our first Repair and Upcycle Café of 2019 is this Sunday, January 13th from 3 til 5PM.
Come along for free and bring clothing and small household items for repair or upcycling! You can also bring electrical items items and bikes for repair or maintenance, and bring laptops, tablets and phones for maintenance and advice.
As a new year rolls in, we all have great intentions for the 12 months ahead. But as time goes by, our goals can seem more daunting and less attainable. A lot of the time, this is simply because we don’t know where to start! Here’s a great place to start chipping away at those big goals: in the centre of Frome, at our library of things.
Here’s how SHARE can help with some of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions…
1. Save Money.
This one is a no-brainer. Spending a few pounds to borrow something that would usually cost you tens or even hundreds of pounds, get used once and then gather dust will save you a lot of money over time. Before splurging on something pricey like a lawn mower, consider how much you would save by borrowing one from £4, only when you need it.
Check out our membership options – subscriber members get £5 of credit per month which saves even more for regular borrowers.
2. Eat Better and Exercise More.
When it comes to exercise, we have a whole section for sports in our inventory. Our stock ranges from dumbbells and a cricket set to more unusual fare such as our two unicycles. Eating better is made easy with our stock appliances like juicers, slow cookers, spiralizers and a smoothie maker. See what works for you before buying more expensive kitchen equipment!
More and more people are realising how vital caring for yourself is. It doesn’t just benefit your mood but also helps your productivity, health, and ability to help others in the long term. Self-care could mean anything to you – a relaxing bath, a good book, a glass of wine in front of the TV, or working towards your dreams.
Stuck for ideas? Why not borrow some gardening equipment and spend some mindful time outdoors? You’ll thank yourself when Spring comes and the first flowers appear!
6. Get a new job.
We can’t get a new job for you, but we might be able to help you on your way! Thinking of starting your own business? Advertise your skills or services for free to build up some experience and contacts on our skills board.
Thinking of sending out job applications? Volunteering with us can help improve a range of skills from customer service, practical skills such as repairing, and building confidence with money handling and using technology. Get in touch if you’d like more information about the types of volunteer work available.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? And how can we help?
The holidays are a time to relax and enjoy yourself, which is just what our hardworking staff and volunteers will be doing!
Your last day to borrow and return items before Christmas will be Friday, December 21st. The shop will re-open on Friday, January 4th ready for whatever 2019 brings. Make sure you reserve items now to pick up on Wednesday or Friday if you need something over the festive break!
Our usual maximum loan length for most items is a week, but this will be extended to 2 weeks over the holidays – so that you won’t need to renew the loan or accrue late fees. If you think you’ll need an item for a little longer, please let us know when you come in to pick it up.
We hope everyone has a wonderful time, no matter what you’re celebrating!
Since the library of things opened in early 2015, it has served the community in a lot more ways than individuals borrowing things for their use at home. SHARE’s members include many businesses and organisations in the local area. Thanks to our huge inventory of DIY and events equipment, our community enterprise has been a crucial resource for many more projects that support our values of spending less, wasting less, and strengthening community ties.
We have lent out gardening tools to Incredible Edible Frome to help them dig and plant up new beds of edible plants around town, as well as lending tools to the team behind the Community Fridge for maintenance and their extension of the fridge to include a community larder. The recent clothes swap initiative started by Edventure students has benefited from a few items, including sanders to prepare their handmade clothes rails.
Our inventory of 600+ items isn’t the only useful thing available though – our shop itself has been a great help to the community! Edventure Make students have set up their market stall outside the shop to sell the wares made with their newly-acquired skills, and we proudly hosted Santa this year, transforming the shop into Santa’s Grotto for the 2018 lights switch-on in Frome town centre.
For many community groups and small non-profits, the most useful parts of our inventory are event items like gazebos, tables, chairs and parasols for events such as markets and festivals. We’ve also helped a lot of meetings happen with the likes of our tea urns and drink dispensers, noticeboard, flip chart and laminator.
While these are standard items in many businesses, a lot of small groups wouldn’t be able to justify the cost of buying these things new, which is why SHARE is such an important resource.
Some of the fantastic groups we’ve worked with include:
Around 5 million tonnes of waste – both recyclable and not – is created around Christmas in the UK every year, equivalent to 450,000 double decker buses. At SHARE we want to do our small part in reducing this number by encouraging borrowing from our growing selection of Christmas items.
Save yourself money and storage space by borrowing our 6ft artificial Christmas tree from £3 per fortnight, covered in pine cone and berry decorations. Or steady your real tree (which can be recycled!) with one of our 3 tree stands.
Go for a new look this Christmas with one of 6 sets of baubles and decorations available to borrow. Choose from traditional red and gold, cool silver and blue, or bold pink and green bauble sets. Plastic and glass baubles can’t be recycled, so reusing or borrowing them is the best thing to do. If baubles aren’t enough, add some extra glamour to a Christmas gathering with a festive staircase garland from just £2 for 2 weeks!
Looking for more ways to reduce waste over Christmas? Here are our top tips:
1. Wrap wisely.
Check any wrapping paper you use is recyclable, as metallic and glitter papers have to be thrown in the household waste. Go a step further and give gifts in reusable gift bags, wrap them in fabric, or even put present in an extra gift of a homemade tote bag of you’ve got the time and skills. (Did you know we have 5 sewing machines at SHARE?)
2. Make your own natural Christmas decorations.
Christmas decorations such as wreaths can be made fairly quickly and easily at home, even with twigs and sprigs from your own garden. Once the festive season has passed, natural decorations like holly and ivy can be recycled in green or garden waste, and any DIY tools you’ll need are likely to be available to borrow from us.
3. Buy local produce and get baking.
Reduce plastic packaging and support local business by buying from local greengrocers, butchers and bakeries that use little or no plastic. Consider making festive cakes, biscuits and other treats at home to reduce packaging waste and delight friends and family. If your kitchen is sparse, SHARE has everything you need from bread makers and food mixers to cake pans and casserole dishes.
4. Don’t just throw it all back in the attic.
Once Christmas is over and the tree comes down, save yourself the headache of sifting through a dozen boxes of Christmas stuff next year by taking the time to sort through it. Fix or recycle broken strings of lights, take stock of leftover cards and wrapping paper, and put aside what you won’t use again for donation. If SHARE can’t take your items for our inventory, we may be able to sell them to raise funds or advise you on where to donate them.
If you’d like to reserve items to guarantee you have them over Christmas, please contact us, reserve online or pop into the shop. Happy holidays!
Sports & Games is one of our ten categories of items here at SHARE:Frome Library of Things.
At the time of writing we have over 40 items in the Sports & Games category including cricket and badminton sets, scooters, a trampette, a snakeboard, various other indoor and outdoor games plus juggling clubs and a big hula hoop!
Music/Media/Audio-Visual is one of our ten categories of items here at SHARE:Frome Library of Things.
At the time of writing we have over 40 items in the Music/Media/Audio-Visual category. We’ve got various musical instruments, recording devices, amps, pedals, tuners & PA systems, projectors and screens and more.
Leisure & Camping is one of our ten categories of items here at SHARE:Frome Library of Things.
At the time of writing we have 118 items in the Leisure & Camping category. Everything you need for camping trips (tents, beds, lights, sleeping bags, folding chairs, stoves etc.) plus a barbecue, cool boxes, wet suits, buckets & spades, hammocks, portable modems and much more.
Kitchen Equipment is one of our ten categories of items here at SHARE:Frome Library of Things.
At the time of writing we have 65 items in the Kitchen Equipment category, including Bread Makers, Juicers, Dehydrators, Ice Cream Makers, Electric Hobs, Blenders, pots, pans, tins and tea urns, crockery and cutlery, and a Preserving Kit and a Popcorn Maker!
Household & Garden is one of our ten categories of items here at SHARE:Frome Library of Things.
At the time of writing we have 85 items in the Household & Garden category from carpet cleaners to car polishers, heaters to hoovers, dog cages to drain unblockers, log makers to lights, massage tables to metal detectors … you get the idea!
Gardening Tools is one of our ten categories of items here at SHARE:Frome Library of Things.
At the time of writing we have 77 items in the Gardening Tools category, including all of the standard tools you’d expect to in a garden shed plus items such as a leaf blower, garden fence sprayer, hedge trimmers, strimmers, garden shredders and, of course, lawn mowers! Oh, and did I mention the wheelbarrow?
So if you’re getting green fingered or sprucing up your outdoors, let SHARE be the source of those items that can help your outdoor space flourish!
DIY is one of our ten categories of items here at SHARE:Frome Library of Things.
At the time of writing we have 231 items in the DIY category. As well as all of the hand tools, power tools and DIY accessories you could think of, the category also includes things such as ladders, cables and more obscure items such as a floor nailer and a high pressure washer.
Working with pipes? This section includes a pipe cutter, a pipe blocker and a pipe bender!
A sack truck, a plastering kit and wallpaper steamers are further examples of the wide array of items in this section.
Over the summer we’ve transitioned to a more sophisticated system here at SHARE.
While previously we were a cash only outfit with a slightly laisez-faire approach to late returns on items, we have now implemented a system which processes payments by card that is making the whole operation a lot more efficient.
The change not only allows us to process your transactions quicker, but also means late fees are automatically collected. It may sound punitive at first, but rather than being such it actually just means we get more items returned punctually. This leads to fewer disappointments for members who hope to borrow an item which is supposed to be returned on a given date.
Indeed, we’ve already found this to be working successfully. Items are being returned on time a lot more often, and there are far fewer cases of other members being let down by a previous borrower.
We encourage all of our members who have not yet converted to the card payment system to come in and do so. It’s very simple and once you’ve converted there’ll be no more standing around waiting with your item while we process your transaction. You’ll simply come in, ask for your item and we’ll hand it over and click a button to accept your donation.
By encouraging more punctual return of items and creating a better-respected system, the items you reserve will be likely to be in stock ready for you to pick up on the date you have requested. Winners all round!
Our system is created by MyTurn and payments are securely processed using Stripe.
Late fees are charged to encourage borrowers to return items so that all borrowers have as much variety of choice as possible. The income from these late fees, along with other income, goes towards the running of the shop.