Frome is home to the SHARE shop, possibly the first shop in the UK where customers can be loaned an item they need rather than purchasing it, providing a unique service to its users. By signing up for a low subscription or loaning or donating an item themselves to join; members can then borrow an item instead of buying one when they need something. As well as this ‘Library of things’ the shop also offers skill-sharing through workshops, and recently held a sharing festival.
At SHARE, all items in stock are catalogued with the object’s history and a photo of the person who donated it.
The shop opened its doors in 2015 and was a partnership project between Frome Town Council, the Cheese and Grain, Sustainable Frome and Edventure Frome – school for community enterprise. The project was set up by people participating in Edventure as part of their training in community enterprise, with just a matter of weeks to realise the business model and open the shop. You can find more details about what SHARE has on offer here www.sharefrome.org. There’s a short film all about the project you can view here.