Patricia Chacon Location: London
Patricia has been using Streetbank regularly over the last few years. She believes that “the concept of sharing and not wasting has got to be the way forward, both for a well-functioning community and for the planet”. She has given away a whole range of brilliant things such as bookshelves, a printer, a ticket to the circus, a retro telephone and even a dishwasher. She has also lent out some bricklaying tools and some books which are making their way around the neighbourhood and for which there is “quite a queue”. She has received and borrowed some equally cool stuff such as a mattress, some bird seed and pop-up Gazebo. The most useful thing Patricia has borrowed is a “two-ring electric hob when Magnet were making a botch job of installing a new kitchen”. Patricia told Streetbank that she appreciates saving a bit of money by saving, but what she appreciates the most is meeting lovely locals. She recently enjoyed a coffee and croissant with a local she was lending a book to, and also told us that “far and away the best thing I’ve had from Streetbank is a friendship with a fabulous family. I accepted the offer of house/cat sitters to cover my summer holiday, and now have beautiful talented new friends in Fulham and New Zealand. It was a quite extraordinary love-in that I am sure will last”.