Tabor is a marketplace initiative introduced in the city of Maribor, Slovenia.
The people behind the initiative wanted to revive the culture of outdoor local markets, which they felt were slowly disappearing due to big shopping centres. Tabor was designed as a second-hand market where people can participate by selling their goods to others, paying a notional fee to hire a table. As the initiative is all about raising awareness and not generating revenue, the proceeds are used to provide hot drinks for participants.
In order to encourage people to participate, thematic events are also organised for different market sessions. These include workshops on how to repair objects (e.g. bicycles) and how to make new things from old parts. Furthermore, the market gives people room to interact, socialise and teach each other techniques.
Main activity field:
- The initiative engages communities in practising and learning about the circular economy.
- The initiative began in 2019 and in its first six sessions, over 500 people participated – and over 2 500 kg of goods were traded.
- It's a good way to teach children good practices.