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?
How much does membership cost in a Thingery?
- Co-operative Membership (for life!) - $10
- Annual Maintenance Fee - $29
- 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
- Check out an item.
- Check-out Cost: Depending on the item, either $0.00 or $1.00 for three days
- 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
- 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)
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!