Give and Take at Media’s Free Store

Media takes thrift store concept to a new level…FREE!

Yes, you heard it right. There’s a FREE STORE in Media (or FreeStore). Everything is free you say? Yes, it’s true, everything. And for anyone who walks through the door.

Sharing is caring. The concept of the Free Store.

The Media Free Store is a concept created from a vision of Transition Town Media, a group of neighborhood individuals and businesses that share a common goal.  According to their website, “efforts are designed to help our community become more self-sufficient, economically and socially vibrant, and enriched through personal connection.”

When cleaning out a home or moving, people often don’t want to toss perfectly functional items, but are at a loss with what to do with them. There are the obvious outlets: Salvation Army, Goodwill, Purple Heart etc. But there are a growing number of people who want their belongings to go directly into the hands of people who can use them, without cost, and without the “middleman,” so to speak.

What do you do with your old games, odds and ends of yarn, kitchen equipment and art supplies? The Free Store can help!

Free Store, Media Pa. It is difficult for me to donate to the Free Store without browsing. One day I dropped off some toys, and a box of recipe cards caught my eye that threw me into a time warp. Long before the internet, I used to love poring over this collection of recipes that were so beautifully photographed. When our family home was sold, I didn’t think to go back and get the cards and I didn’t think about them again it until I saw them on the shelf. What struck me funny was that whoever donated these cards used them about as often as my mother did, because they were in mint condition! I had a silent chuckle about my mother and the cards came home with me. After I’m finished reminiscing, I may even bring them back!

The Free Store is also an excellent place to find odds and ends for an art project. With the Community Art Center right around the corner, donated chipped or broken pottery, yarn and paper are happily scooped up by artists in the community.

Now, don’t you want to run over to see what the FREE STORE has for you? Or better yet, what do YOU have for the FREE STORE?

The Free Store is located at 305 W. State Street in Media.

FreeStore Free Store
Entrance to the Free Store in Media Pennsylvania.
  • Monday 12pm-4pm
  • Tuesday – CLOSED
  • Wednesday 4pm-8pm
  • Thursday – CLOSED
  • Friday 12pm-4pm
  • Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Sunday 12pm-4pm
Dos & Don’ts

Please note that the FREE STORE is operated entirely by volunteers to help the community, so if you are there donating or shopping, please help out by adhering to a few simple rules. Do bring in your household items, crafts, books, games, knick-knacks and useful items that are in good working order.
If it requires fixing or cleaning, please do not donate–the space is small and the whole point is to donate something people can use.
Absolutely NO DUMPING, a.k.a. leaving items at the door when store is closed.
Unfortunately, food, clothing, mattresses and pillows cannot be accepted.
Food and clothing can be donated at The Food Bank, which is located in the same building, in the basement.

Join in the community and check the Free Store out on Facebook for updates! In addition, the Free Store is hosting its 6th Annual Media Free Market on Sunday, September 17th. Bring something and take something! Being held at Friends Providence Meeting on 105 N. Providence Road in Media from 2pm-5pm!

Media Food Bank Free Store Media
Overflow food from the Food Bank comes to the Free Store.

2016 Photo Contest at Ridley Creek State Park is Announced

The Friends of Ridley Creek State will be holding their annual photo contest on Friday, June 24th at 6pm on the grounds of the Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park.

Now in its 12 year, the annual photo contest was started as a fundraiser for projects at the park and to bring awareness to the “Friends,” the non-profit organization that serves to preserve, protect and enhance Ridley Creek State Park.

Hunting Hill Mansion
Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park

This year the photo contest will take a new twist and be held outside, weather permitting.  As in past years, this event is free and open to the public. Come enjoy refreshments, photo submissions and experience the park through the eyes of the contestants, including children.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 17.

Entry forms, contest rules and previous years submissions are available  at

If you have questions about the photo contest, call the Friends hotline at 484-442-0223.

Photo: Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park by Pamela Cloud.

Pamela Cloud is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Preferred in Media and has been involved with the Friends of Ridley Creek State Park for over a decade.




Holiday Attractions from West Chester to Media!

Happy Holidays from Pam Cloud!
Happy Holidays from Pam Cloud!

Delaware and Chester counties are rich in history and steeped in character; the perfect backdrop to get you in the mood for the holidays. In particular, the towns of  Media and West Chester ooze with storybook charm, adding to the magic of the season. If you want to get to know West Chester or Media better, winter is a great time to do it!

These walkable towns offer unique shopping, great restaurants and beautiful streets filled with historic homes for you to enjoy. There’s also a better chance you can meet the locals during this time of year and get a feel for the neighborhood vibe. If you prefer to enjoy your time away from the hustle-bustle of downtown, discover the natural beauty of Westtown, Glen Mills or Chadds Ford, whose rolling hillsides and farmland have inspired artists for centuries.  If you are new to the area or just want to do something different, here are some of my favorites to get you started:

Fun things to do in West Chester! 

The West Chestser Railroad
Santa’s Express!
  • Old Fashioned Christmas parade, downtown West Chester-Friday, December 4th.
  • Santa’s Express on the West Chester Railroad   Take leisurely train ride on a vintage train car along Chester Creek. Starts in West Chester  and stops in Glen Mills–approximately 90 minutes round trip. A new store, The Sporting Gentleman, just opened up across from the Glen Mills Train station. Hop in for a quick cup of hot chocolate before your return trip.
  • Cut your own Tree at Wiggins Tree Farm!
  • I’ve always loved strolling the streets in West Chester, admiring the Victorian homes decorated for the holidays, then grabbing a cup of tea with  friends at The Lincoln on Market Street. The university provides some interesting entertainment off the beaten path as well. Here is a link to more activities.
  • Click here for the West Chester Calendar for a detailed list of events!
Quincy's in Media, Pa.
This window at Quincy’s on State Street in Media looks good enough to eat!

Fun things to do in Media!

  • Festival of Lights-fun for the little ones! Rose Tree Park-every night from 5:3opm-FREE
  • Budweiser Clydesdales coming to Media Sunday, December 13th!
  • Tyler Arboretum Annual Greens Sale – December 4th
  • Take a hike in Ridley Creek State Park
  • Linvilla Orchards-Christmas around the Farm~Caroling and Hayrides, Trees and Goodies
  • Carriage rides, shows at the Hedgerow Theater, the Christmas Village and more! Check out the Media Calendar of Eventsfor dates and times!
  • Check out the Media Theater for upcoming shows.
  • If you like the old-fashioned feel of a “five and dime,” put Deals on your schedule! I love the creaky wooden floors and it seems they have an ample supply of everything!
  • Did you know that Media is the first Fair Trade Town in the U.S.? It has a wide variety of shops  from new age to high fashion and art you should get to know!
  • Check out Media’s calendar for a detailed list of events!
  • Maybe you would just like to enjoy fellowship with your neighbors in Media? That’s what  Transition Town Media’s Winter Solstice Celebration on December 19th is all about!
Thornbury Train Station
The enchanting Thornbury Train station evokes a feeling of yesteryear. The West Chester Railroad makes it come to life with its seasonal tourist rides from West Chester to Glen Mills.

Winter Festival at Oakbourne Mansion,  The Westtown Township Parks & Recreation Commission is hosting its annual Winter Festival at Oakbourne Mansion on Sunday, December 6, from noon to 3:00 p.m. with craft vendors, craft making for children, music and refreshments. Free admission and plenty of parking.

  • Tree Lighting at Thornbury Park, December 5th at 5pm. Refreshments will be served and Santa will be visiting!
  • Christmas at Bethlehem-Free Christmas Festival and Live Nativity in Thornbury-December 11, 12 & 13 from 7pm-9pm. Enjoy a bonfire, s’mores and refreshments and bring a non-perishable food item for City Team Ministries!
  • Arasapha Farms-Hayrides, pick your own tree and then go for a quick bite at the Country Deli in Gradyville.
  • Brandywine River Museum for an awesome train display that covers 2000 feet of track!  Be sure to click on the link for other exciting activities at the museum!
  • Chadds Ford Candelight House Tour-December 5 1pm-5pm.
  • Thornton Farmer’s Market and Grace Winery are hosting their first Holiday Market on December 4 from 4 to 9 pm.  Join in the tasting room to purchase your holiday gifts including original paintings, holiday decorations and hand crafted goods while sampling some of Grace Winery’s finest wine and food offerings.  Located on Sweetwater Road in Glen Mills.
  • Yuletide at Winterthur ~ enjoy visions of holidays past, crafting workshops, A Christmas Carol performance and Yuletide Jazz and Wine through January 3rd.
  • Holiday weekends at the Grange Estate in Havertown, Pa. Visit the Model Train Display in the Carriage House, tour the beautifully decorated mansion and visit the delightful Gift Shoppe stocked with unique seasonal gifts.
  • Live Nativity at Neumann University a  re-enactment of the Franciscan tradition of the crib, first celebrated in Greccio, Italy in 1223.  Event includes a petting zoo!  More info here.
  • If you love holiday baking , check out Booth’s Corner Farmer’s Market for a wide selection of produce and ingredients. Just a few weeks ago I purchased the best colored marshmallows for festive hot chocolate! Here’s a list of farmer’s market’s in the area.
  • A list of more Delaware County Attractions.

Longwood Gardens is the quintessential way to celebrate the holidays in the Brandywine Valley with family and out-of-town guests. This amazing display of floral and light displays and famous fountains never gets old.

Enjoy your holidays!

Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park
Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park

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