Although we just recently had an awesome opening, it saddens us to have to close the doors so soon.
We will continue with our efforts to secure a new location because we still believe wholeheartedly in its mission.
Now – more than ever – is the time to get behind this project if you share these values. We invite you to help us to keep going.
Moving forward– We will continue to host Pop Up Free Store events and our monthly Free Community Exchange, the Seven-Ten Swap. We will promote and participate in other sharing events in the Long Beach Area such as the monthly Really Really Free Market at Bixby Park every last Sunday.
We invite people to join our core team to move us forward. Send us a message if you would like to get involved, or with any constructive advice or input, well wishes or leads – even if you can’t commit to be a part of this team. We could use all of your positive thoughts & good vibes right now…
You can also help by making a tax-deductible donation to the Long Beach Free Store/Catalyst to help cover the expenses of relocation.
Ideally, we are seeking the opportunity to relocate with the Catalyst Center for Urban Sustainability as a whole, because it includes other worthy projects like our Community Bike Shop, the DIY Maker Space, the Urban Oasis container garden, the Butterfly Cove, our Solar / Bike / Water & Recycling Education Stations, Fitness & Wellness Programs, Workforce Development Programs, Arts programs and Children’s Programming.
While our 1st choice is to continue our work all together – if we are not able to find adequate space to keep the complete Catalyst Center together – we know that each project can stand on it’s own to have a meaningful impact on the community. With this in mind – we are seeking help in moving & relocating any and all parts of these projects; in one unit, or piece by piece in different locations in the greater Long Beach area.
If you have any input regarding the relocation and preservation of the entire Catalyst Center for Urban Sustainability, or any of its programs – please send us an email at CatalystCenter@gocatalyst.org .
This is not the end of the Free Store – but rather an opportunity for a new beginning.
Thank you to all of you who have donated, shopped or helped out in any way. All of your contributions made this endeavor a truly special experience and you are greatly appreciated. We look forward to finding out what happens next.
The Long Beach Free Store Team
To be continued….