SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va. -- Buzz is brewing in Shepherdstown, as a local free market returns next weekend after it was temporarily shut down by Shepherd University. It's returning thanks to the effort of two local women, who rallied support for the market.
From kitchen appliances, to books and CDs, Shepherdstown Residents can bring and claim unwanted items starting September 1st, as the Really Really Free Market returns, but in a different location. It will be held in front of the Shepherdstown Town Hall instead of by Shepherd's McMurran Hall.
"Gratifying, fulfilling, in that what we did was noticed, paid attention and made a difference, because when you go to make a statement like that, you hope your statement makes a difference," said Lillian Potter-Saum, a Shepherdstown business owner.
"They have been saving things in their basement to bring to the free market," said Maria Allen, a Shepherdstown business owner. "They are excited to have a day. They can go to see their friends outdoors, doing things that can help the community, they are excited it will be back.,"
The market which ran for 4 years at its old location was shut down by Shepherd University officials, citing it as a place of commerce, but Lillian Potter-Saum and Maria Allen, two local business women protested, saying finances were never exchanged, so they rallied support from residents and businesses.
"They signed our petitions, they brought their items." said Potter-Saum. "That in itself is the biggest support when you bring your items to leave things were coming and going, honking and waving."
Both women backed by 50-plus residents proposed the return to the Shepherdstown Town Council, and council voted 5 to 0 in favor of reopening the market.
"It helps us support our multiple levels of the economy." says Maria Allen, a Shepherdstown business owner. It helps the impoverished in the area. It allows us to get rid things and not have to drive to Charles Town to the good will to off-load our goods."
The Really Really Free Market hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. It starts back up again September 1st.