Having all (baby goods) in common


“All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts…” Acts 2:44-46

On June 18, 170 people attended the Free Baby (and Kids) Goods eXchange (BGX) that happens in Philadelphia and South Jersey. Every month, at four different locations, people in the city gather to share things in common with each other. These baby goods come from the Circle Thrift stores in Philadelphia and individuals who are sharing the items that their own kids don’t need anymore. Every time one of these events happens, we see people generously sharing what they have to offer, and receiving with gratitude the abundance that overflows.

People sorting through baby clothing at common sharing event.
Photo Credit: Kris Eden

The Free Baby (and Kids) Goods eXchanges started in 2004 at 2007 Frankford Ave. They have since expanded to locations at 1125 S. Broad St., 2309 N. Broad St., and 3800 Marlton Pike. Since this idea first took shape, there have been well over 100 exchanges where clothing, toys, and other goods have been swapped at no cost to any of the participants. This idea runs counter to the cultural norm that to provide for your family means to buy more stuff. Instead of living according to the fear that scarcity will hold us back, we are living into the idea that our abundance can provide more than enough for each other.

So come share and receive. The next exchange happens on July 16 from 10am – 1pm, at 2309 N. Broad St. There is always enough.

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