Stalls at the 220 Vimochana market

Look what’s on offer at the market on August 8th, Saturday. Watch out for more information on fun stuff like a Raffle, and a super big hamper to be won at the event!

Aruna Padmanabhan’s Miniature fridge magnets and key chains created from recycled materials and enhanced with homemade dough of maida and ceramic
G Bharathi’s Up-cycled jewelry, home decor, and some fun things for children (boxes) made with magazine paper and news paper
Vidya Ramamurthy’s Bags made with newspaper and other colorful paper, book marks, shagun envelops, zipper clutches made with scrap cloth,
baby saree quilts with Kantha work, potlis and many more recycled goodies
Manveen’s Upcycled products
Recode’s Gently used clothes
Priyamvada Chaudhary Shoes and clothes
Raksha Shoes, sarees, clothes, handbags
Manjari Pre-loved clothes, books, watches, sunglasses, accessories
Shankary Gently used hand made lamp shades, vases, carpets, paintings, ceramic tea pots, from Auroville, Srinagar, Jaipur. Bags, shoes,  western office wear
Claire Rao, Vani Murthy, Rekha Nair, Chatura Padaki and friends, Kuhu, Naveen, and many others who have donated Cotton sarees, books, belts, bags, crockery, CDs, and more
The Friday Convent Never worn really amazing fashion and designer clothes, and TFC T shirts

From the Vimochana network

Concern for Working Children Khadi clothes and accessories, products made with jute and clay
Ms. Zara Apparel
Uma Maheshwari Candles made by women who are being enabled to earn a livlihood
Harmeet Handmade jewelry

220-Vimochana Santhe (market)

On 8th August, 2015, to raise funds for Angel Roopa Kumari and Malathi Saroj

Angel Roopa Kumari, fifty five years old tirelessly worked in Vimochana for fifteen years reaching out to women in distress: through counseling and crisis intervention, mobilizing resources for their education and illness; connecting and providing safe places for women and children who are victims of abuse and empowering powerless women to find strength in resistance.

She did this till her last breath. She was indeed a deeply committed woman. Angel left us on 20 June, 2015 after a long struggle with cancer. The last months were extremely difficult as the pain became unbearable.

But she has left behind a community of people who mourn her loss and remember her in gratitude. She has left behind too a wonderful and caring family comprising of her husband, son, daughter in law and a grandson who have been with Angel holding her in her pain, trying to find resources that could pay for her expensive medical treatment.

And so, we in Vimochana who mourn her loss and know of the family’s burden want to humbly offer them a purse through the donations that we plan to raise by organizing this Santhe.

The proceeds of the Santhe will also be used for Malathi Saroj, a theatre activist who has dedicated her life for transforming the lives of the Devadasi women from one of helplessness to one of hope. Her work with children through Prajna, an NGO founded by her for enabling children to experience their childhood in its fullness has been well documented. In recognition of her selfless commitment to bring qualitative change in the lives of the vulnerable, she was honoured by the State government.

Friends, we believe that both Angel Roop Kumari and Malathi Saroj are truly deserving of the generosity of all those whose lives they touched and therefore we come to you with this appeal which we hope you will support and contribute.

You can support by patronizing the Santhe from 11 am to 5 pm and offering yourself as a volunteer.

To contact Vimochana directly as a volunteer, please call this number: 25492783.

– Vimochana

Up for grabs at the Oct 26 2013 market

So here is what you will find at the market, people!

11 to 1 PM

Nandita TM

Jewellery made out of recycled products.
Arunima Saboo Clothes + handbags
Nicole Yetter Vintage Kantha Quilts, wooden printing blocks and other upcycled home decor.
Basil n Judy DeMonte Recycled   handmade  decorations, lamps /  lights  &  curios.

2 to 6 PM


Nandita TM Jewellery made out of recycled products.
Arunima Saboo Clothes + handbags
Nicole Yetter Vintage Kantha Quilts, wooden printing blocks and other upcycled home decor.
Basil n Judy DeMonte Recycled   handmade  decorations, lamps /  lights  &  curios.
Latha Venkat Household decorative items

Ladies handbags

Ladies clothing

hair straightener

Music CDs

Malvikaa Solanki Clothes for men & women in good condition (t-shirts, jeans, tops, etc.) and women shoes.
Mansi Agarwal Clothes (men, women and kids)



Kids toys

Sapna Devanathan clothes, bags, shoes, upcycled bags made from cloth ,books
Ancey George Clothes mainly and other household goods
Kiran Castelino Hairbands made from waste cloth.
Shankar Rao Lampshades.

Soap dispenser

Bathroom accessories.

Pen stand.

Flower Vase etc.

Charmaine Kenita Recycled Garden Lanterns

Waste Carton Bags

Nailah Javid Used – Jewellery, books (novels), shoes, some dress materials left over from my wedding trousseau, CDs, DVDs, kid chair,  etc.
Kanchana Arni All kinds of stuff for the home-from lamps to accessories, curtains, blinds
Deeksha Skates and helmet, yamaha keyboard and stand, bags-10-15, clothes, books, lots of jewellery like earrings and braclets, hairbands, keychains, study table, toys, books, gift items, steel vessels.
Jayashree Pradeep Electric roti maker, used salwar kameez, clothes, household goods, curtains, steel utensils, water bottles, umbrellas garments
Refresh Studios Electric lamps and decor made with papier mache
Aruna Padmanabhan Upcycled candle stands, pen stands and vases made with paper mache and empty paint bottles.

Upcycled fridge magnets with the paint bottle lids.

Wall hangings, magnets and car danglers with pizza cartons.

The Second Life We upcycle various waste materials into beautiful products of stationary and


Niveditha Ceramic tiles left over from house construction, painted with warli, nature and abstract paintings. Framed and they make beautiful gift items and show pieces.
Niraj Beladiya Computer parts, house holding things, playing equipments, bicycles, bike, car, etc..
Zehra Rafiq – Ethnocraft Upcycled wood ,cloth and wooden products  like lamps trays coasters, etc.
Ria K Barbie doll house, stuffed toys, guitar, electric nail polish drier for girls, hair curler/straightener, books, SAT books, board games, Venus & Serena Williams brand tennis racquet, geometry boxes, hats, purses, bags, wire shelves, goa cloth lanterns, headbands,clothes, party dresses, ghagras for little girls, badminton racquets, hanging cloth lanters from Goa, dart board, woollen red riding coat, stuffed toys and more.
Manjari Boutique Upcycled denim bags and scrap quilted rugs
Shylin David Books





Malini Malik crockery, glasses, vases, souveniers, cushions, and more
Leviathan Customz Bottle lamps

Newspaper graffiti

Upcycled bottles with band logos

Calligraphy on pirated book pages

Clock made from recycled cardboard

Prathibha Gopalam Books and clothes
Arshi Anjum Used clothes, accessories, and bags!
Belaku Trust Stationery, jewellery, etc. made with recycled paper.


Buffalo Back Around 10 varieties of locally grown unpolished rice & rice based products like the rice semolina, beaten rice & rice flourMillets like Ragi, Fox tail millet, Kodo, etc., and millet based products like semolina, dosa mix, millet malt and flour.Organic and heirloom variety of seeds of select vegetables and fruits for gardeners and farmers.Organic freshly milled whole wheat flour / whole wheat pastry flour.
Gouri Tanmoy Sandwiches, Brownies, Assorted Breads, 1 beverage
Sushma Prabhu Brownies, Cakes/Cupcakes, Apple Pie,Lasagna.
Shreeparvathi Jams, pickles, cakes, Nannari sherbet, specialty breads.
Taantra Multigrain and Jaggery organic muffins in various flavors. No Maida and No Sugar.
Carrots Salads, lunch, chai

Fun at Oct 26th market!

220 Flea Market!

Oct 26th, Rococo Gallery, Rest House Road, Bangalore

11 AM to 6 PM



All day: Tattoo painting for the kiddies by Lynessa Coutto.


A Trash Bash contest! Make a piece of art or something useful and bring it along to the market. Display it and win a gift voucher to buy what you want at the market!

Prizes at 5 PM


2 to 6 PM: Making lovely books out of scrap paper – a book binding workshop by Roy Varghese.


Second to None on Facebook: OPen Group

After considering the objectives of the group, and pros and cons of fostering a community-based group like this one, it is decided that 220 will REMAIN AN OPEN GROUP.

220 was started with the objective of spreading the word about recycling, free cycling and green living, adopting it as a lifestyle to be proud of, reducing the amount of waste that we generate, and giving back to the community we live in.

220 is as much about sharing ideas and knowledge, building on the expertise of people who can help us sustain this concept, and become active participants ourselves, as it is about buying and selling used goods.

220 is not envisaged as a shoppers club, with its members privacy completely protected. It follows the generic rules of any Facebook group, and currently, it has to function within the framework of the engine that it runs on.

An open group fosters community building. As many of you have mentioned, it provides a fantastic avenue to spread the word about the innovative, creative, sincere efforts that people across the globe are putting in to make this a better place to live in.

We are considering moving to a web app integrated with Facebook where the networking aspect of Facebook is retained, but with the advantages of categorization, buying and selling, and privacy. We will be talking to you about this to hear what you have to suggest. But this is in the future.

We have tried to address some of the concerns expressed in the group (collapsed into a unique list here). Please do not take responses personally, these are responses to the concerns at large.

Don’t want to spam all of my friends every time I post here.
I had to set their notion straight and had to explain to them all about 220
When the gifts are posted for sale, dealings are not made public to one and all.
They see activity such as me selling or buying stuff on 220, I have been asked uninvited questions.
Buying or selling should be completely at my discretion.

RESPONSE: Posting in 220 is completely at the discretion of the person/s. 220 only provides an avenue, it is up to users how and if they want to use it, within the framework available. If you post, and reeive questions, it is your choice to answer, or not. Friends can choose to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to your posts. If you are uncomfortable posting gifts, it is a personal choice. Some folk have created an alternate profile to post in 220, after writing to us and informing us.

Start a new closed group and get everyone active here to migrate to the new one. Not everyone here is active.
220 is not about the number of members, its more about the active members. Active members who want to buy/sell.

RESPONSE: 220 is definitely not about number of members. The content on 220 works differently for members. Some people use the group to get ideas, to exchange information, to connect with like-minded people and to grow concepts. All are not buyers or sellers. They are active users too and use the group differently.

Prefer that this were a closed group, mainly because of privacy concerns–the fact that non-members can browse through posts bothers me.
People with wrong intentions” joining in too.
To approve any new requests only after 2-3 days and not immediately or to approve after you send a mail and they reply to it.

RESPONSE: The moderators (admins) cannot monitor the profiles of every member and scrutinize every new member request. They have to be taken at face value. If there are issues with buyers, or sellers, we have mentioned in the guidelines – PLEASE INFORM ADMINS. On repeated occurrence of unwanted behavior, members can be removed / blocked. 220 is a non-profit initiative, a voluntary effort, and the admins are doing the best they can in the bandwidth available.

This group remains the original one where we exchange thoughts, ideas and experiences about recycling and all buying/selling moves to a separate, closed buy/sell group.

RESPONSE: Maintaining two different groups requires more bandwidth. It may also bifurcate the objective of the group as it is today. As said earlier, if we do move to a web app integrated with FB, this may be addressed.