Free Market

Hours of operation:
Tuesday 10am – 2pm
Wednesday 10am – 2pm
Thursday 10am – 2pm


Please do not drop off donations at the side of the building.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT ACCEPT: pillows, sheets, bedding, towels, blankets, or stuffed animals

About the Free Market

The Free Market is a program that collects donations of clothing, books, household items and organizes them in a space for the community to come and take what they would like free of charge. Open several days a week and run by student and community volunteers, the Free Market is always stocked, with donations coming in daily. In addition to keeping the space open, the Free Market organizes numerous events each year, so watch out for giveaways on campus!

  • Students and community members are encouraged to show interest in The Free Market, by donating and participating in the enthusiastic reuse of the goods available.
  • The primary goal of the Free Market is to provide a space for the redistribution of donated clothing and other items to everyone.

Where it all Began …
The Free Market began by the initiative of a small group of Trent students in 2005, who wanted to promote the values of reusing and recycling over discarding and “re-consuming”. The Free Market ‘store’ serves the environmental purpose of reducing waste materials through reuse, and the social justice purpose of providing free goods to those who need them.

Looking to Get Involved?
The Free Market is always looking for volunteers who could donate 2 hours per week to keep the project going. If you would like to be a part of this project or would like more information, please contact OPIRG at 741-1208 or email

The Free Market is located next to the OPIRG Office in Sadleir House at 751 George St. N. We also have permanent drop off bins in Lady Eaton College, Otonabee College, Champlain College, and Traill College. Donations of clothing, household goods, books, winter gear, etc. are strongly encouraged (no large-scale items).

The Free Market Manifesto Quilt is a handmade art piece created by volunteers and staff of OPIRG Peterborough. A collaborative and Do-It-Yourself process with use of the fabric and materials recycled from Free Market donations.

The 42 rectangles of the quilt lay out the raison d‘être of the Free Market and provide blocks upon which a more environmentally and socially just community could be built. Playing off the traditional 3 R’s of environmental sustainability – “reduce”, “reuse”, and “recycle”.