The Community Store

The Community Store represents the commerce side of the Co-Op project. It’s mission statement is to alleviate economic hardships by helping meet material household needs, teaching how to re-purpose unwanted items, and providing retail outlets for local goods.

Our methods for meeting this mission include:

  • Community closet: The community donates unused but useful items, and we make it available to the community at regular events or by need. All pricing is sliding scale. Pay what you can – we want you to have what you need. All proceeds go back into developing the Co-Op project. This project is ran entirely by volunteers.
  • Garden Fed Food PantryWith so many gardeners in the Co-Op and throughout Big Bend, we can have the most nutritious food pantry for miles around! The food pantry can take fresh or preserved food from the garden workshops and combine it with local donations. The Community Garden will also be donating food to different community events throughout town. Together we can help meet a need that no one this day and age should have to fret over.
  • SOS Product Creation: Through our craft, sewing and other workshops, residents will learn how to create works of art, utility and limitless creativity. Many projects will involve repurposing otherwise unwanted objects or fixing broken ones. This maker space mentality will help residents reduce waste and create products which could be sold through the Community Store and beyond!
  • Town Market Space: Big Bend is home to a great many talents artisans, craftsmen, gardeners and more. We can create a space for local vending on site, becoming a place for consignment goods. Bartertown will be our local farmer’s market, offering locally grown produce, hand made art, and a wide variety of other crafts. A Community internet store can help bridge the technology gap for many and sell local goods on a global market.

The Community Store, affectionately called the Thrift Store by locals, is a project ran entirely by volunteers! Kind folk donate their unwanted but useful clothes and other household items. Volunteers sort these items for easier shopping. Everything is sold on a sliding-scale system – you pay what you can at the time. If folks are unable to pay for their items, they can volunteer at the store to earn store credit. All proceeds go back into the Co-Op to help fund future projects. The store holds events at the Big Bend Community Club on a regular basis. Pay attention to our event’s calendar for our next Thrift Store event at the club.

*If your family has immediate material needs, such as kid clothes, work clothes, shoes, etc, please contact Puck at, 337-6444 or find her in town. With so much surplus, there is never a reason for our Big Benders to go without. *


BarterTown is a collaboration of the Co-Op to bring our community together and provide economic opportunities. Folks have brought extra garden veggies, surplus fruit, baked goods, homemade medicine, jewelry, leather crafts and more! We recommend that you bring your own table and chairs. If weather is wet, there is space within one of the buildings we can use.

*Note: BarterTown is currently closed for the season. Meanwhile, we are currently developing plans for a series of market booths at the Land Trust. We will be back to events soon with seed swaps, start swaps, and so much more.

Future plan: Consignment and S.O.S. Products

We are determined to be a great avenue for locals to sell their crafts and creations. We collaborate with the School of Ordinary Skills to help locals learn new skills, create new products, and benefit from those products through commerce. We recognize that our location in Big Bend gives us an amazing opportunity to showcase local talents, and we look forward to working with local artisans in the future!