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 annual plan of less than $7/month. Per use charges for items also apply. For more information on the process, click on the picture below.
Where are Thingeries located?
How much does membership cost in a Thingery?
||Perks||Co-op Share||Annual||Cost Per Item/Per Day|
|Drop In (30 Days)||- 30 Days
- Max Items (5)
- 0% discount on per item cost
|$10||$10||· A - $6
· B - $4
· C - $1
|Regular||- 1 year
- Max Items (20)
- 50% discount on per item cost
|$10||$72||· A - $3
· B - $2
· C - $.50
|Unlimited||- 1 year
- Max Items (unlimited)
- 100% discount on per item cost
|$10||$99||· A - $0
· B - $0
· C - $0
|RENEWAL – Regular||$0||$72||· A - $3
· B - $2
· C - $.50
|RENEWAL – Unlimited||$0||$99||· A - $0
· B - $0
· C - $0
*1 Co-operative Membership - Each Thingery is a branch of 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. We have three classes of items: Class A, Class B and Class C.
Borrowing Period & Late Fees
- Check out an item.
- Check-out Cost: Depending on the item, between $1 - $6 per day.
- 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?
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 Grandview-Woodland Thingery is now open!
Kits Thingery is now open!
The North Vancouver is now open!