What is a Thingery?

A Thingery is a community owned lending library of things in a modified shipping container. The containers are self-service, so members can check things in and out at their convenience. A Thingery's inventory is community sourced; meaning that what goes into the container depends on what neighbours donate to it and what they collectively purchase. Inventory types include: recreation equipment, kids toys, woodworking tools, event & entertainment equipment, household appliances and musical instruments.


How does a Thingery work?

Once someone has registered to become a member of a Thingery, they receive a personal access code which grants them access to the container. The containers are self-service, so member can access the containers seven days a week from 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM.

For more information on the process, click on the picture below.


Where are Thingeries located?

There are currently 2 Thingeries located in Vancouver. For more details on how to start a Thingery in your neighbourhood click here.


How much does membership cost in a Thingery?

Membership Type
Perks Annual Cost Per Item/Per Day
Trial (30 Days) - 30 Days

- Max Items (5)

- 0% discount on per item cost

$20 ·        A - $6

·        B - $4

·        C - $1

Standard - 1 year

- Max Items (20)

- 50% discount on per item cost

$72 ·        A - $3

·        B - $2

·        C - $.50

 

*1 Annual Maintenance Fee - This fees covers the costs of the ongoing maintenance of the equipment; ensuring the tents stay dry, the drill bits are all there and you stay satisfied with the quality of equipment.

*2 Nominal per use charges for items will also apply. We have three classes of items: Class A, Class B and Class C.

Borrowing Period & Late Fees

Here are the details of the loan process for the Thingery:
  1. Check out an item.
    • Check-out Cost: Depending on the item, between $1 - $6 per day.
  2. Late fees are applied to any item that is not returned on the day it is due. After the due date members will be charged the per check-out costs of the item plus $2.00, per day.

How do I join a Thingery?

Membership is active for the Vancouver Thingeries. Interested in signing up? Click here to find your local Thingery.


How do I start a Thingery?

We work with local community members (like you) to understand who wants to be involved, what wants to be shared and what locations are available to host a Thingery. We then work closely with the local community group to establish a local branch (a non-profit co-operative), get site approval from local municipalities, and get your inventory up and running.

Click here to start a Thingery


What kinds of inventory go in a Thingery?

Members of a Thingery will be able to access a vast inventory of seasonal tools and equipment without needing to own them.

A Thingery is community sourced; meaning that what goes into the container depends on what neighbours donate to it and what they collectively purchase.

Thingeries will carry a variety of inventory types, including: recreation equipment, kids toys, woodworking tools, event & entertainment equipment, household appliances and musical instrument. To check out a sample inventory of a Thingery, click here.


How do I reserve items in a Thingery?

Great question, please follow the steps on this blog post to reserve equipment at our Thingery Locations

thethingery.com/thingery-reservation-how-to/


 When will the Thingeries be open?

The Grandview-Woodland Thingery is now open!

Kits Thingery is now open!