Re: Setting up an on-site "store" for COVID-related necessities
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Mon, 18 May 2020 08:03:44 -0700 (PDT)
> On May 16, 2020, at 7:49 AM, Sarah L. Bingham <ms.essellebee [at]> 
> wrote:

> Is anybody else out there trying this?
> Here at Durham (NC) Central Park CoHousing Community (DCPCC) we are launching 
> an experiment in cooperative, ad hoc bulk-buying (as permitted) of some of 
> the Pandemic Necessities (TP, sanitizing wipes, etc.).  We will store them in 
> a designated area, and they will be available there for members to buy on an 
> as-needed basis.

We have people who buy things — Herb goes to the Coop and Farmer’s Market once 
a week. He asks people for their lists. The good thing about the Coop is each 
person can order online and pay individually. Each order is packed. Herb picks 
up on Saturday. Favorite pizza will do the same—no delivery.

Other people run errands as well. “I need ___ from CVS. Is anyone going out?” 
We have a person who walks her 10,000 steps each day so she can circle around 
to shops and the post office.

We’ve ordered a few things bulk and the picker upper delivers to our door. The 
CH is closed down except for the laundry room and mailbox area.

A number of us order vegetables and eggs from CSA’s and Hungry Harvest.

And people are borrowing many different kinds of things and more often than 
usual. We often have requests for an egg or 1/2 cup of milk, etc. The requests 
in the last few months include T-pins; calligraphy paper, brush, pen, and ink 
for “an unexpected interest in calligraphy; rubber cement (for bicycle 
tire-real rubber), 1.5 cups of rice (long grain preferred), 1/2” wooden dowel, 
tape cassette player, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, a clean edge tool for painting a 
room, a paint sprayer, carpet shampooer, fabric to make a mask (cotton sheets 
or pillow cases), pencil sharpener, a copy of Lord of the Rings (libraries are 
closed), 8.5 x11 manila envelope, postage for a 7.5” padded envelope, kitty 
carrier to pick up an adopted cat, zinc lozenges, Pepto-bismol, actual curry 
leaves, and a reacher tool.

Thats in the last 2 months. To collect those I searched the message archives at for “does anyone have.” If I had done a closer search, I would have 
found more.

The online game of Pandemic Pictionary is going well. A group movie is planned 
for Friday — everyone watches at the same time and chats. Exercise on the green 
has expanded to more times a week. QuaranSing on Friday at 6:30. Book group has 
gone to Netflix documentaries — watch and chat. Zoom singing of Happy Birthday 
to kids. Lots of video and joke sharing from Facebook, etc.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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