I have heard of these so-called 'share shops' in the Netherlands whereby for a small contribution of an item (not specified), you are able to join a library and borrow, for a short time, an item you need.

Does anyone know what these shops are really called? I'd like to travel to see them myself with a view to setting one up in Scotland.

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    There are multiple initiatives like this in the Netherlands, however I have not heard of a physical shop. Most of these "deelwinkels" are online on existing platforms like facebook. How did you hear about these share shops? Commented Jul 12, 2014 at 12:48
  • I am a native Dutch citizen and have never of these shops, so they are probably not that common :)
    – Bernhard
    Commented Jul 13, 2014 at 8:14
  • Thanks Bart and Bernhard. I heard about them at a talk by Robin McAlpine, who works with the Reid Foundation in Scotland. I did a little more research and I think it's maybe online site, Peerby, that I might be looking for. Cheers for your responses though ;-)
    – Andy
    Commented Jul 13, 2014 at 9:49

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Give-away shops ("weggeefwinkels") are quite different from what you're describing but they might suit your needs very well. Here is a list.

This article has extensive information about sharing stuff in the Netherlands. It's in Dutch but translates well through Google Translate.


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