Frequently Asked Questions
This FAQ is directed towards individuals who are looking to start a Thingery in their region. For more information on pricing for our Vancouver region - see the pricing section below.
Each Thingery site is custom built to meet the space available and needs of the local community. For the initial design, we recommend being able to store at least twenty pieces of equipment in a basic inventory. The space required for a twenty item storage site is approximately 120 sqft.
Minimal issues of vandalism and damage have been reported and they can regularly be dealt with during the weekly maintenance visits.
Each Thingery is self-service, members use our app to gain access to the site and do a self checkout of any equipment they’re looking to borrow.
We monitor each site 24/7 using our custom access control system. We also hire a local manager in each region to do weekly maintenance and equipment checks each week.
Cost to start a Thingery can vary from region to region. Please fill out our intake form for starting a Thingery here.
Typically 75 – 85% of all our inventory is donated from the local community
Find your regional Thingery here and then click donate.
No but we’d love to! Be in touch if you’re a local manufacturer or have connections to one.
To date, we’ve had to deal with very few instances of lost/stolen items. Less than 1% of all checkouts require additional action to retrieve them.
- Every four months a local expert in one of our four categories (Tools, Household Appliances, Recreation and Event & Entertainment. Plus a wild card category) is selected to curate the inventory and programming for each Thingery.
- As part of their residence with us, they will conduct introductory and repair workshops.