It’s free. Really.

That’s the message at the Really Really Free Market, an event sponsored by University Lutheran Church and Student Center 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 10 at the church, 914 Elm St.

Its goal is service, for people to give an item or talent and receive something useful in return. It may have the look of a garage sale, except items brought in by contributors to the market are free for anyone who has need for them.

It goes beyond that, though, with participants also offering their talents to help others. The services offered range from a woman from the medical field checking blood pressure to small item repair to checking of fluids in cars.

In addition, there will be participants bringing items like clothing, household items or other gently-used goods.

The event was organized by members of the church’s evangelism committee, inspired when church member Marilyn Brinker heard about similar events from a story on National Public Radio. The church conducted its first Really Really Free Market last fall.

One problem during that event was people thinking it was exactly like a garage sale, said committee member Diane Harderson. That left a lot of unclaimed items at the end of the day.

“Preferably, we don’t want people to just drop off items,” said Cheryl Bredeson, one of the committee members. “Whatever you bring, whatever isn’t taken we would ask that you can take it with you when you leave.”

The group also hopes for a better turnout this time through better promotion in the church, fliers put around in the area and sent home with local students and help from the Norman Ministerial Alliance and other local churches. It also falls on a less busy weekend than last fall.

“It was competing with football and everything else going on and didn’t do as well with turnout,” Bredeson said.

She believed it was the only such event being done in Oklahoma. She said the church plans to host similar events twice a year.

“It’s a good idea for bringing the community together to fill the needs people have,” Bredeson said.

For more information, call the church at 321-1584 or e-mail

Christian Potts


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