Luca Loans from a Library of Things
4. Luca Loans a Projector
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With the holidays coming it was a perfect time for Luca to borrow one of our projectors.

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3. Luca Loans the Crepe Maker!
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It’s a crepe/pancake maker up next as Luca loans from a Library of Things! …Can you guess his favourite filling?

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Happy holidays from SHARE!
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As another year (and a decade!) draws to an end, our volunteers and staff are taking a well-deserved break. This year was absolutely record smashing for SHARE! We were able to get some popular new items, put on a new swap event, and repair loads of stuff to stop it going to landfill.

Massive thanks to all of our members for making this year special and choosing to borrow instead of buy.

Our last open day before the break is Monday, 23rd December for our usual hours. We’ll be closed then over Christmas and New Year, and our first day back will be January 6th.

If you fancy adding some last minute extra cheer to your home, we’ve still got some decorations and tree holders in stock, so check out our Christmas section. And don’t forget to use our kitchen and dining items where you can. No need to buy pans or tins you won’t use until next year, or extra cutlery and crockery to fit everyone around the table – just borrow it from SHARE for a fraction of the price.

(Or borrow our new cocktail shaker set for a classy New Year celebration.)

We’ll be posting soon about what to do with unwanted gifts and how to smash your New Year’s resolutions in 2020…

But until then, we wish you a merry Christmas, a happy new year, and a peaceful couple of weeks. See you next decade!

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Luca Loans from a Library of Things
2. Luca Loans Table Football!
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For his first borrow from SHARE, Luca went for the table football! See how he got on in the vid below…

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Luca Loans from a Library of Things
1. Introducing Luca!
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This is the first in our new Luca Loans from a Library of Things series.

Luca, 10, from Frome will be borrowing items from SHARE:Frome and submitting video reviews. Before he gets the first one in we should introduce you to Luca … and what better way to do so than via his application for a Blue Peter Green Badge:

Hello, my name is Luca and l am 10 years old. I live in Frome, Somerset. I like I.T./gaming, and recycling by making cardboard box forts. 

I am applying for a Green Blue Peter Badge because I have been to many SHARE Repair Cafes and I also borrow things from the SHARE Shop instead of buying them. 

The SHARE Repair Cafes are events where lots of people come to get their broken things fixed by people with skills. So far, they have inspected over 200 items, weighing nearly 400kg and saving over £9000 if these broken items had to be replaced new!

Its very useful because we don’t have to bin as many things which is good for the planet and you don’t have to go and spend more money than you need. Also you get to learn life skills there and meet new people. 

Luca and Toodles
Luca and Toodles

The first Repair Cafe I went to was to fix my domino train (a tiny train that lays dominoes in a trail/line so that you can knock them over). 

It had stopped moving and I thought I would have to immediately bin it. Mum told me about the SHARE Repair Cafe and that I could try to fix it, so I said, “yes I would like to go and do that”. 

So she took me and Paul fixed it (and I learned some skills). There was a string stuck inside the mechanism and we just unscrewed it and took the string out and the train worked again!

There was some free food there as well. Like cake!

Luca and Paul
Luca and Paul

After that, we fixed our Acer laptop. It kept on overheating so the man took it home and the next time we saw it, it was working faultlessly! He told us that he had replaced the thermal paste for us. I learned that computers have thermal paste to stop them from overheating. 

2nd Repair Cafe

Then, the next time, was the worse of all times of the broken things. My only working headphones wire had snapped – dun dun DUUUUUN!

So, we took them to the Repair Cafe and a man soldered it together with his soldering equipment and he showed me how to solder. Soldering is like melting a bit of metal to join wires together to make a circuit. It’s practically like making glue out of metal – just stronger. 

Luca’s Acer
Luca’s Acer and headphones fixed!

Afterwards, Aliss showed me how to make a lunch bag for fruit out of recycled tents (that she had scavenged from Glastonbury festival). 

The tents would have gone to landfill if Aliss hadn’t saved them. So we were upcycling them.

Also, Aliss showed me how to use a sewing machine. So, I learned a new life skill. Now, I put my snack in the bag I made every day and take it to school.

Aliss also taught my Mum how to fix her dresses on the sewing machine and how to make bunting out of the tents for my den in the garden.

I think that it’s an amazing thing that they have done making a SHARE Repair Cafe and Share Shop because it is going to make everyone’s eco footprint go down. Also people will learn life lessons like how to fix their stuff next time. Also its a good way to meet loads and loads of new people from throughout Frome and you might be surprised and make a new best friend. 

Luca and Aliss
Luca and Aliss

Aliss also runs the “Light the Night” lantern parade in Frome which is where everyone parades through town with lanterns in the dark with samba music and the Christmas lights get turned on. Aliss taught us how to make lanterns with willow branches, glue and tissue paper so we can join in.

Aliss also came to our school and I luckily got to help make the massive angel lanterns to be taken along at the front of the parade. I helped to make the head of one, it was difficult because we had to position the willow rings on a template and then tape them together and they got bigger and bigger to make her head. 

This year, we also went to a lantern making workshop and I made a little illuminarti lantern to carry in the parade. The parade was noisey and fun. We all parade with lanterns through the streets of Frome and then the mayor turns on the Christmas tree lights (but that’s what they want you to think – there’s really a man with a power box who switches on the lights when the mayor says to! He had a walkie talkie and an earpiece and was up a ladder!)

Luca's Lanterns
Luca’s Lanterns

We also joined the SHARE Shop which is practically a library of stuff that you can borrow.

They say, “The average drill is used for only 13 minutes in its entire lifetime. What if, instead of buying that drill, you could borrow one instead?” (straight from their website). So they decided to put “A Library of Things” and you can rent them out to stop landfill and it’s to stop you from having to buy unnecessary items.

The first item we borrowed was a metal detector and we went to the beach with it to see if we could find any treasure. I thought I could actually make some money out of that. (But we didn’t!)

More recently we have borrowed a crepe maker and we had pancakes every day. My cousins came to visit and we all made crepes.

We also borrowed an electric bike which was a disaster we got lost in the woods and we got stuck in the mud! But we did have pizza when we got to our destination!

Luca's crepe crew!
Luca’s crepe crew!

We have also borrowed a football table that I beat Mum at basically every time! At the moment, we have borrowed a massage chair and on Monday we are going to get a dehydrator and make fruit crisps. After that, I want to borrow the candy floss machine. But my Mum wants to borrow the inflatable kayak.

There is an indepedent market every month in Frome. Edventure MAKE students make ethical stuff to sell at that market. Last market, I bought a lavender-scented fish made from recycled materials. His name is “Bob.”  He is beautiful and really cute. lt is supporting the local economy, like in the Fiver Fest. In the Fiver Fest, local shops that sign up to it sell things for £5, it’s to keep money local. We bought a meal at Nook, which I think is the best food in Frome and it fills every nook and cranny in your stomach!

So please consider me for a green Blue Peter Badge. Thank you


Luca loves fussball
Luca love fussball and Bob the fish!
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This Black Friday – Free Borrowing at SHARE!
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Black Friday falls on 29 November this year, but it seems the deals start earlier each year as more and more businesses take advantage of eager shoppers. This year, SHARE is asking you to borrow instead of buying – and we’re making it easier with one free borrow for everyone.

Black Friday can be a great opportunity to buy something you’ve been needing for a while at a better price. However, the biggest Black Friday deals are often electrical items, tech and other pricey goods. It might seem like a great price, but will you use it more than a few times a year?

You could save yourself a lot of money and have one less thing collecting dust in the garage by borrowing from SHARE. Check our inventory to see if we’ve got what you’re looking for – or just choose something fun to borrow for free!

Whether you’re a regular customer or completely new to SHARE, for one day only we’re offering a free borrow to everyone. Borrow something practical like our new leaf blower or have a bit more fun with some kitchen equipment like our candy floss or popcorn makers (perfect snacks to take along to Frome’s lantern parade and Christmas extravaganza in the evening). 🎄

You could even borrow one of our sewing machines to make some of your own Christmas decorations or gifts. Usually just 3 or 4 pounds to borrow for up to a week, you’d have to be an avid sewing fan to not save money by borrowing!

You’ll also be participating in #BuyNothingDay – an international movement against over-consumption for the good of the planet. 🌍

Here’s the “small print”:

  • 1 free borrow per member, only on items collected on 29 November
  • You must be a member of SHARE – if you need to sign up, please bring ID with you. See membership types here.
  • Borrow is for the standard loan length, which is up to 7 days for most items. Renewals will be charged at the usual loan fee
  • For items that require a cash deposit, the loan is free but the deposit will still need to be taken

See you on Friday!

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Swap, don’t shop this Winter
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SHARE Christmas Display

Don’t start your Christmas shopping just yet! Get a head start on finding perfect gifts and saving money for the festive season with our first ever…

✨ Swap shop!

Come along to Frome Town Hall on Saturday 23rd November from 10am-12pm to swap gift-worthy items & planet-friendly alternatives to wrapping paper. This is a free event, with tea and cake available for a small donation.

Swap your items for others that would make great gifts for Christmas, birthdays, special occasions or even just for yourself – why not?

😇 Why swap? There are more reasons than you think…

No matter your motivation, swapping has a lot of benefits for you and others:

  • Save money on gifts and wrapping
  • Help the planet by reducing the demand for production of brand new goods & shipping
  • Smile knowing that something you swapped or made will brighten someone’s day
  • Get unique gifts – handmade goods and items with history
  • Be part of the community. Why not bring your kids to show how important it is to share?

🎁 What should you bring?

If you think it could make a good gift, bring it along! You can also drop off things in advance to Frome Town Council if it’s easier than bringing them on the day. Here are some ideas:

  • Preloved gifts (to be loved again)
  • Preserves
  • Indoor and outdoor plants and pots
  • Art & craft materials
  • Books, music and films
  • Handmade items
  • Household / Bric-a-brac
  • unopened and in date food items to include in hampers
  • lovely baskets, unusual containers, nice re-usable bags and jars to ‘wrap’ things in!

And after Christmas, come and find any neglected gifts a new home at our Unwanted Gift Exchange! More details to come…

Frome Town Hall is on Christchurch Street West, Frome, BA11 1EB. There is wheelchair access via the side entrance and a lift available to the first floor where the Swap Shop will take place. Please note parking is not available at the venue.

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Fiver Fest is Coming to Frome!
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We are excited to announce that Fiver Fest will be coming to Frome on the 5th October! What is Fiver Fest, you ask? Part of the national Totally Locally campaign, it is one day to celebrate local businesses, often run by families or individuals, making a real contribution to our unique town. Spending just £5 a week in local shops can have a huge impact on our high streets, boosting the local economy and increasing employment. It’s also a great opportunity to step into a shop you’ve never been before and discover what makes Frome’s independents so special.

We, Share Shop, an community started and run business, will be taking part in Fiver Fest. To encourage the town to sign up and start borrowing, we will be offering £5 free credit when you join as standard or subscriber member (see our membership plans) on Saturday 5th October. Be quick though! We are open between 10am and 12pm.

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A volunteer’s perspective on SHARE
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This summer 5 university students began volunteering one afternoon a week at SHARE as part of a 10 week resilience placement with Frome Town Council. Not fully knowing what to expect we arrived on day one to learn a little more about what makes the shop unique and what types of customers borrow items. It was inspiring to see first hand the popularity of the shop with customers coming and going in small flurries throughout the day, intrigued to find out what else they could borrow.

Borrowing is an inventive solution to the ongoing problems with waste we as a society face. It was refreshing to see that not only is the shop helping to reduce landfill, but it also unites local business owners and residents to come together and support a common cause. The shop is more than just a borrowing space, it sparks a conversation about the importance of being aware of our consumption habits. In 2019, where advertisements for purported must have goods are aplenty, it can feel like you are never up to date with the latest trends or must have gadgets. However, that is where the SHARE shop steps in to allow you to try out items beforehand and simultaneously lend preloved goods. From parties to weddings to home renovations, the shop caters to a whole host of needs and relieves the burden of having to source storage space to house infrequently used items.

From a volunteer’s experience, working at the SHARE shop has been rewarding, fun and at times challenging. As membership numbers have risen in recent months and donations flow in, there is the task of keeping on top of logging items, coding them and organising them into appropriate categories and locations. With an abundance of musical instruments, DIY tools, garden machinery and camping equipment, there is always something to be getting on with, whether that be assessing the condition of borrowed items or adding sponsorship tags respectively. One of the more challenging aspects of the role involved putting our teamwork skills into practice when setting up tents in a nearby meadow to check they had all their constituent parts intact. On one of the warmest days in the UK, we took to the local field, wheelbarrow in tow and got to work. It was satisfying to see the bell tent holding up and knowing how quick and simple it was to construct makes borrowing equipment even more appealing for special trips away.

It was quickly apparent that many customers value SHARE, not only for its diverse inventory of items but also based on the skills and knowledge it provides to locals. SHARE is predominantly volunteer run and relies on the goodwill of others to offer their skillsets to mend items or sort through stock. Volunteering costs nothing but gives back so much. In the short space of time we have been at SHARE, a fresh insight into this innovative community project has been gained and a newfound desire to share more acquired.

Tess, Claire, Bridie, Poppy and Emma

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Summer isn’t over yet!
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We have lots of new items in store waiting to be borrowed for your summer holidays. Fancy trying a new hobby? Then check out our inflatable kayaks. Need something to brighten up the garden? How about out solar-powered fairy lights. Kids learning to bike ride? We have a wooden balance bike for that. For those travelling further afield, our new bell tent is proving to be a popular choice. Our fingers are crossed for some sunnier weather before the holidays finish. If not, our wide selection of tents are sure to keep you warm and dry. To check out our full inventory, click here.

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Closed Bank Holiday Monday
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Just a reminder that we will be closed on Monday 26th August for the bank holiday. We will be open and running as usual on Wednesday 28th at 10am. Why not make the most of the long weekend with a camping trip or BBQ with friends. Check out the summer items on our inventory here.

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New Items In!
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We’ve ordered a series of new items that have just arrived in the shop! If you want to grab them, be sure to reserve them quickly as they are popular demand. See our opening times below or call us to make a reservation.

First, just in time for wedding season, we have several new and sturdier gazebo shelters, these are perfect for events and parties during the summer months.

Also great for events, we have a large disco ball, which can take your party to the next level, especially if there is dancing! For only £4.00 to borrow, that’s a steal! And why not entertain the kids at the same time with our new bubble machine!

Another item that could save you a lot of money is our new PA system. A big step up from our portable PA system, with 4 large speakers and stands, and a control board, it is perfect for concerts, shows and other events. No need to buy or rent one elsewhere, when you can pay only £20.00 per week at Share.

For all you adventure lovers, we now have 2 new inflatable kayaks, whether you’re starting out in the Frome river or taking it on holiday with the family, these are a great borrow-don’t-buy item.

Lastly, for the kids, we have a brightly coloured wooden balance bike for 2-5 year olds, a great way to teach your kids to eventually ride a big bike. With dampened steering, non-slip grip handle with safety ends and soft padded adjustable seat.

So if you haven’t got your Share membership yet or it needs renewing, pop in on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10am and 4pm, or Saturday 10am to 12pm, or call us on 07983 639611.

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It’s Festival Season!
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Festival season is finally here, so if you’re getting ready to camp in the mud, dance in the heat and (most likely) not shower for a week, why not see what camping gear and other useful things we have, to make your festival experience even better?

Not only do we have tents, sleeping bags and mats, we also have cooking gear, camping tables and chairs, lights, rucksacks, a cooler box, and hammocks. You could even get creative and borrow some bunting to make your tent stand out among the sea of other tents!

Festivals are also a time of community and music, so why not borrow one of our guitars, ukuleles and drums to jam around the fire (be careful though). And to keep the kids entertained, we have all sorts of lightweight toys and games, like a hoola hoops, a play tunnel, circus trick set, paddling pool, and more.

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Another Long Weekend!
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We will be closed on again on Monday 27th May for another bank holiday. We will be open and running as usual on Wednesday 29th at 10am. Why not make the most of the long weekend and have come friends over for a bbq with our event and summer items? See our inventory here.

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Closed Bank Holiday Monday
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Just a reminder that we will be closed on Monday 6th May for another (of many it seems) bank holiday. We will be open and running as usual on Wednesday 8th at 10am. Why not make the most of these long weekends and have come friends over for a bbq with our event and summer items? See our inventory here.

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DVD’s for the kids!
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Looking for fun, low cost things to do with the family this Easter? Now that it’s the holidays, why not entertain the kids (and yourself) with a movie night! Here is our selection of childrens and family movies:

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Easter Weekend Closures
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Make sure you have borrowed any of our spring things by Wednesday this week, such as gardening tools and party decorations for your Easter celebrations!

We will be closed for the Easter weekend, on Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Monday 22nd. We will be open again and running as usual on Wednesday 24th.

Also, don’t forget to return anything before then, to avoid any late fees!

Happy Spring!

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Comedies to Rent
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Feel like a bit of light-hearted escapism? We have a great selection of feel-good comedies on offer, from classics to less well known (but still great) titles. Here are some of our favourites!

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Spring is here!
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As you have probably noticed, the weather is always up and down. Sun one day, snow and hail the next. We had one of the the warmest February days recorded, and a month later it finally feels like spring has arrived, so why not start preparing for the warmer days? We have a lot of bits and pieces at The Share Shop that can save you money during the spring and summer months.

It’s seed sowing season and time to start working in the garden, so instead of buying new gardening tools, why not see if The Share Shop has what you’re looking for? See gardening tools

If you’re thinking of having a BBQ or outdoor party, we have a good quality barbeque and tools, camping chairs, bunting and other events items to save you money. Plastic consumption is a big problem at the moment, so instead of buying throwaway cutlery and plates, you could borrow some of our good quality glasses, plates and cutlery. See event items

Need to keep the kids entertained, outside and off the TV/phones/ipads? We have various sports equipment, as well as other fun things for kids, such as a paddling pool, a hoola hoop, roller blades and scooters. See Childrens and Sports

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New DVD Collection!
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We’ve had a new collection of DVD‘s from 20th Century Flicks movie rentals added to our list, with now over 200 titles to choose from. Here is a selection of some of the new films:

Why not borrow one of our projectors and screens and have a movie night with friends? Throw in a popcorn maker and chocolate fondue set, and you have a home-cinema!

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The average drill is used for only 13 minutes in its entire lifetime.

What if, instead of buying that drill, you could borrow one from a neighbour you have never met before?

Welcome to SHARE:Frome!

Our thinking is that too much money nowadays is spent on ‘stuff’. Things are used for a short space of time and then spend most of their lifetime locked away in a shed, kitchen, garage etc.

Spend Less, Waste Less, Connect More!

Our aim is to get people spending less, wasting less and connecting more. And by doing this, help people to save money, reduce carbon and waste, and cultivate a happier, more resilient community.

SHARE is a community space for Frome, tailored to local people’s needs. A place for people to borrow objects, share skills and connect with others, in a welcoming and fun environment.

Click here to view items you can borrow/hire/rent from SHARE.