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.

The Thingery is a non-profit co-operative. Members pay a lifetime membership fee of $10 and then a subsequent annual fee of $29/year. Per use charges for items also apply. For more information on the process, click on the picture below.


Where are Thingeries located?

There are currently 3 Thingeries located in Vancouver and North Vancouver. For more details on how to start a Thingery in your neighbourhood click here.


How much does membership cost in a Thingery?

  1. Co-operative Membership (for life!) - $10
  2. Annual Maintenance Fee - $29
  3. TOTAL Membership Costs - $39

*1 Co-operative Membership - Each Thingery is a non-profit co-operative dedicated to empowering its local community by operating a shared equipment lending library. A membership in a co-operative entitles a member to equal control of the organization. If you decide to discontinue membership, your $10 share will be refunded.

*2 Annual Maintenance Fee - This fees covers the costs of the ongoing maintenance of the equipment; ensuring the skis stay sharp, the drills stay charged and you stay satisfied with the quality of equipment.

*3 Nominal per use charges for items will also apply. Estimated cost per day for most items will be between $1 for 3 days.

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, either $0.00 or $1.00 for three days
  2. Renew any item for an additional three days. Members can login to their account and renew an item once. This means the maximum loan period for any item is 6 days.
    • Renewal Cost: Depending on the item, either $0.00 or $1.00 for three days
  3. 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 $1.00, per day.
    • Late Fees: Depending on the item, either $1.00 or $2.00 per day

Example, member 40 checks out a drill, renews it and then returns it four days late. Member 40 will pay:

Check-out Cost: $1.00
Renewal Cost:    $1.00
Late Fees:           $8.00 (4 days x $2.00 per day late)
Total                     $10.00


How do I join a Thingery?

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

By purchasing a membership to a future Thingery site you are providing vital start-up funding that will be used to purchase and outfit the shipping containers.


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.


 When will the Thingeries be open?

The Grandview-Woodland Thingery is now open!

Kits Thingery is now open!

The North Vancouver is now open!