Share Shed: Popular Salisbury Non-Profit Organisation Shuts Down

As of the 26th of March 2021, the Salisbury non-profit organisation Share Shed dedicated to lending the community everyday items has closed down. 

Share Shed, co-founded by Nicole Arby, first opened its services to the Salisbury community in 2017. It was a non-profit organisation that allowed people to borrow a wide range of items such as bread makers, kayaks, disco balls, and hundreds of others — and all people had to do was sign themselves up for an annual membership. 

One of the organisation’s key philosophies revolved around giving people the means to do more and own less. Borrowing items instead of buying them could help people save money and the planet. Proceeds made by the organisation would then go to numerous charities. 

Earlier in March 2021, however, Share Shed closed down due to the complications brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdowns that followed. Receiving funding became especially difficult. 

In one of the organisation’s Facebook posts, Nicole had written that the reasons for closing were “…various and interlocking, but in summary, there were too many battle-fronts to fight at the same time.” 

Hi Shed Family…Nicole here. That's me in the kayak about to run into the wheelbarrow. Hi 🙂 Along with the original…

Posted by Share Shed Inc on Sunday, March 7, 2021

Items that were previously donated to Share Shed were available for reclamation before the organisation shut down for good, with a special party hosted on the 26th of March 2021 to commemorate their four-year run. Leftover items were promptly sold at a garage sale a month later from the 9th to the 10th of April. 

Share Shed, which has now closed down, was located at Shed 7, 8 Chrome Street, Salisbury. 

Share Shed: Salisbury’s Library of Things

Head on over to one of the warehouses at Textile Crescent in Salisbury to witness and experience a one-of-a-kind library called the Share Shed.

Share Shed Inc, is Queensland’s first “library of things” which seeks to provide a variety of useful quality items that can enhance people’s lives without the need for people to buy and store more items. It was co-founded by Nicole Bray and Sarah Pember back in September of 2017. Since then, this initiative of shared economy has blossomed, making it a finalist for the 2018 Bankasia Community Award.

Share Shed follows the maxim of “Do More, Own Less”  and promotes it to all its members. They believe that the act of sharing in itself can multiply a number of positive outcomes.

By borrowing an item, people get to acquire a positive borrowing experience which then allows them to be free from the concept of ownership without having to sacrifice their needs.

In addition to the positive borrowing experience that it gives, Share Shed members also support the overall growth of a more sustainable and  less wasteful economy. A by-product of this initiative is the development of stronger ties amongst the members of the community.

Truly, purchasing an item from the store cannot beat the incomparable feel-good experiences that Share Shed brings to all its members

Check out these items borrowed by some of the Share Shed’s members:

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Folding bikes are available for borrowing at Share Shed.
Photo credit: Share Shed Inc/ Facebook
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Need a lawn mower? Borrow one now at Share Shed.
Photo credit: Share Shed Inc/ Facebook
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Looking for something new to do over the weekends? Share Shed has a complete kayak set for you to borrow. Photo credit: Share Shed Inc/ Facebook

How Share Shed Works

Share Shed works on an annual membership basis. Anyone who lives in Brisbane that is 18 years old and above may apply for membership that costs $80.

Click here to sign up for Share Shed. You can also purchase a gift membership for someone who might be interested in joining the Share Shed community too

By being a member of Share Shed, you get to borrow up to five items per week for each item on a seven day period. Share Shed also allows its members to borrow more than 5 items at a time for an additional cost of $5 for each additional item. Members can also extend their item’s borrowing period for another week if no one else has reserved it yet.

Share Shed offers a wide inventory of useful items that are both new and used items. In fact, many of the items found are donations from the community. But at the same time, Share Shed also acquires new items that are placed under the members’ wishlist category through the collected annual membership fee.

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Photo credit: Share Shed Inc/ Facebook

You may click here to view all stored items available at Share Shed.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can send a message to Share Shed via email or Facebook message.

Operating Hours

Monday9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Friday5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Saturday9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.