They say nothing in life is free, but, like its name declares, you really can get things for free at the Free Store of Austin. Clothes, shoes, books, small household items and appliances are there for the picking, if you need them.
The free stuff is really a means to an end, say those who run the new store, a ministry of the United Methodist Church, whose members donate the items. At its heart, the store in East Austin is about building relationships between those in need and those who feel the need to give, says Rachel Wright, the store’s acting director and director of mission and vision for the United Methodist Church’s Austin district, which includes 65 churches.
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About the Free Store
The store is located at 1717 E. 12th St. In May, it will be open twice a week, including Thursdays and other dates to be determined, store worker Matt Cardona said.
For information about store hours and volunteer opportunities, call the store at 469-7970.
On the Web: www.freestoreaustin.org