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P-R Photo/Rob Fountain Rosilyn Cummings, Hannah Gerou and Chelsea Varin (from right) show off the latest hula-hoop moves Saturday in Trinity Park during the third-annual Really Really Free Market in Plattsburgh. Participants brought items they no longer needed and gave others the opportunity to take them for free.

PLATTSBURGH — Old items became new again in Trinity Park.

The Really Really Free Market buzzed with folks inspecting everything from clothing to kitchenware, while searching for treasures they could put to good use.

Televisions, printers, furniture, crutches, skis, luggage and more were free for the taking at the recent event sponsored by Plattsburgh’s ROTA Gallery.

“It’s a chance for people in the community to get together and share whatever they have,” organizer and artist Matt Hall said.

He works with the nonprofit, cooperative artist organization to share its goal of utilizing recycled resources and volunteering time to in order to develop ROTA’s downtown gallery, located at 19 Clinton St.

“We have been encouraging people to drop stuff off and take stuff, too. This is really a festival for everybody,” Hall added.


Betty Genier, of Witherbee and Marcia Platel of Rensselaer spent the afternoon in Plattsburgh reminiscing about the past while looking for items to put to future use.

“We lived here when we were younger, and we are just here visiting for the day. We thought we would check it out,” Genier said.

She opened her canvas bag, revealing oil paints and brushes that she picked up for her grandson.

But her favorite find of the day was a picture of Marilyn Monroe.

“I just love her,” she added. “Although, I really don’t need more stuff. I have to actually get rid of stuff.”

Platel picked up a poster, sweatshirt and “a few things for the kids.”

Along with unwanted items, everyone was also encouraged to share skills with others.

Folks lined up for free massages, free knowledge and more.

There was also free food donated by Cheechako Taco for the event, along with picnic fare for sale, with proceeds benefitting Trinity Episcopal Church.

Cheslea Varin and Rosi Cummings of Plattsburgh gave hula-hoop lessons to anyone willing to learn.

Varin was promoting her upcoming class at ROTA, designed to show the community what hooping is all about.

“They helped me get the class going. I wanted the people of Plattsburgh to see how relaxing and therapeutic it can be,” Varin said.

Novice hula-hooper Hannah Giroux of Plattsburgh was eager to show everyone her new-found skills.

“I really wanted to learn how to hula,” she said swinging a hoop around her waist. “Hula is great because you get to learn new things and new tricks. It’s fun.”


Kathy Plano and Robert Thompson of Plattsburgh were busy scouring the offerings for items like shoes, backpacks and other interesting pieces.

The couple had decided to get out and enjoy the sun.

“If not, we would have stayed at home to vegetate,” Plano said.

Wanda Wright of Plattsburgh was not only looking for some neat items for herself, but she was also on the lookout for a few things for loved ones.

“I found this rope with a hook for my old man, and my sister crochets, so I got her a ball of yarn,” she laughed. “There is a lot of nice stuff that I can use, too, though.”

Some people driving by were drawn to the park.

Ryan Valder, who is originally from Colorado, saw the event and decided to return with some of his own items.

He is visiting with his girlfriend who is from France, and they are getting ready to go there for the summer.

“Since I am leaving soon to travel abroad, I needed to get rid of stuff. This made it easy,” he said.

Valder said he had seen similar events but wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

He returned with a box filled with cables, wires and adapters that he thought people might find useful.

“It’s great,” he said of the event. “There’s some very cool stuff that people seem to be excited about.”

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