Us lot at WAG are very pleased to announce the return of Non-Commercial House!
For those of you unfamiliar with Non-Commercial House, it was a squatted social centre and free shop at the Shoreditch end of Commercial Street, E1, that peaked around Summer 2009. They had some great events there, ranging from parties, skillshares and meetings but also ran a free shop from the building where you could pick up books, clothes, food, videos and loads of other (normally pretty decent!) stuff that would otherwise be thrown away. What was great about the place is that its location (right on the main road that connected Whitechapel, Brick Lane, Spitalfields and Shoreditch) meant lots of people from the local community frequented the space and there always seemed to be new faces and new gear there! So, naturally, we were sad to see it get evicted.
However, after reoccupying it and fending off security guards earlier this week it is getting set for its grand re-opening! Heres what the collective have to say:
This coming Saturday, 15th of January, is the Grand Re-Opening of the FreeShop. Come along at 12noon, bring items you no longer require that are clogging up your home!
Apart from the FreeShop and probably some free food and loads of cuppas, we will have a bit of lockpicking skillsharing, reverse strip poker games (every time you lose you have to wear an extra item, perfect for winter time!), and some music in the evening to enjoy the space at its best!
We live in a society of over consumption and waste. Non Commercial House aims to offer an alternative based upon cooperation, mutual respect and sustainable living. It is not only about objects but about sharing!
Children are very welcome within the space. We are hoping to have a kids section of the free shop with free toys / clothes and hold family friendly events. The ground floor is wheelchair accessible. However, the only toilet in the building is on the top floor and [therefore] not [wheelchair accessible].
This is a non-profit, non-hierarchical space open to all and your input is valued so drop by some time to get involved and let us know what your ideas / thoughts are.
The Non Commercial House collective
Address: 165 Commercial Street E1 (next to Bishopsgate, Liverpool st tube station)