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. Potential 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 will receive a four digit 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 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM.
Each Thingery is a non-profit co-operative. Members pay a lifetime membership fee of $50 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 5 Thingeries (1 open, 4 pending) located in Vancouver, New Westminster and North Vancouver. The first Thingery opened in New Westminster in February 2018; 3 Vancouver sites are in the final stages of development and scheduled to open by May 2018; and 1 North Vancouver Thingery is under development for launch by summer 2018. For more details on how to start a Thingery in your neighbourhood click here.
How much does membership cost in a Thingery?
- Co-operative Membership (for life!) - $50
- Annual Maintenance Fee - $29
- TOTAL Membership Costs - $79
*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 $50 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 $1-15/day.
How do I join a Thingery?
We are currently accepting sign-ups to our waitlist to join the future North Vancouver Thingery. Once the North Vancouver Thingery is set up and launched, we'll be in touch to register you.
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.
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 New Westminster, River Market Thingery is already open!
The three Vancouver locations will be open in the Spring 2018. The containers have been ordered, the permits have been granted by the City of Vancouver, and when the containers arrive, they will be fully financed thanks to the membership drive and grant funding. The containers will be delivered in April, with a launch planned for May.
The North Vancouver location will open by summer 2018.
Why did you hold a Membership Drive in December 2017 and January 2018?
Our financial partner, Vancity, had agreed to finance 50% of the money required to start the Thingery. Thanks Vancity! The other 50% was dependent on Membership sales. The funding used from our winter Membership Drive is being used to purchase the shipping containers and turn them into viable Thingery locations.
Even though our Membership Drive is over, we’re still accepting memberships for all future Thingery sites. It’s a great way to support your local neighbourhood Thingery! Find out more here (link: http://thethingery.com/locations/).
Was the Membership Drive successful?
The Membership Drive was a great success but we didn’t quite reach our targets for each location. What does that mean? We’ll keep going! The push for members will continue until we hit our target, and unlock our extra funding from Vancity. It will take up to two months from that point to purchase, retrofit, and stock the shipping container. Sign up to become a member today.