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Orientation is at 2pm every Saturday!

  • E-Cycle

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    Computers that are obsolete or broken are separated into their basic components by volunteers to be recycled.
  • Equip

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    After 24 hours of volunteering, volunteers receive a free refurbished computer or $40 in our thrift store!
  • Educate

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    Education or other learning opportunities abound at Free Geek, but most are less formal than classes.

FGTC News

Video about Free Geek Twin Cities

Free Geek would like to thank a Minneapolis based “This Does Not Compute” Youtube channel for creating a great video about Free Geek history and operations. The video is available at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0JIOqjsfnE
The channel is a favorite of a number of Free Geek staff as it covers in depth topics that would be interesting to people who enjoy technology.

Core 2 Duo desktops on clearance

Free Geek is currently overstocked with Core 2 Duo desktop computers. To free up some space we are putting many of the Core 2 duo computers on clearance for just $10 (includes computer, inexpensive peripherals are available and sold separately).

These Core 2 Duo (or AMD Athlon X2) computers are good for word processing, Internet and playing many games.

Minimum specs are:
* Core 2 or similar AMD Athlon X2 processor
* Between 2 and 4 Gb of memory
* Between 80 and 250 Gb Hard drive
* Fresh installation of Xubuntu Linux
* 30 day repair/replacement warranty

Free Geek links

Free Geek contact info:

Address:
2537 25th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Note: Enter through the entrance facing the alley

Phone:
612-223-5967

Hours:
Wednesday through Sunday
Noon to 5pm

Electronics we accept for donations
See Items Accepted List
Data Security and privacy
See our Data Security policy
Volunteer with us
How to get started volunteering with us
Thrift Store
Support us in our thrift store

Have questions? Fill out a form below to send us a message:

Spring Painting and Rearranging!

A sneak peak of the new recycling layout.

After a generous donation of shelving from Ryan Co. during their move downtown, we are taking a bit of time to rearrange and replan our space in the recycling area. Please excuse the mess as the walls get their first coat of paint in years. ¬†Thank you to Welna’s Ace Hardware for the great help picking the colors! ¬†The plan is expected to take a few weeks but we see this having a great benefit for handling greater numbers of volunteers and material to recycle!

2 coats of primer and a topcoat were needed.

We’ve upgraded the Free Geek Thrift Store

Windows!  Carpet!  More stock out!

We are happy to announce our store has been moved to a new area of the facility. This means more stock viewable, more stations to test gear before you buy, and fun things called windows, which we hear are nice.

But seriously, no running into the back caverns to find a computer, our entire stock is within reach finally. We’re happy to be able to serve customer’s needs better. This is all part of the plan to keep scaling to meet the community’s need for our mission.

Thanks to Art, Charlie, Eric, Todd, Dan, Karen, and more that pushed hard this past month to get our store moved and running again.

Printer and CRT Donation Fee

Unfortunately, we have to post about an update to the donation fees.

Ideally, Free Geek could process CRTs (Cathode Ray Tubes) and printers for free. Due to changes in commodity prices we will be charging to accept these donations. We want to be open about these costs and why we are stuck charging them. To a certain amount, we keep working printers available to be reused, but due to storage and volunteer-power constraints, we end up recycling printers too.

We are already seeing costs of $300 per transaction with our recyclers to handle printers and CRTs.

The fees for CRTs are :

  • <20″ $15
  • 21″-25″ $25
  • 26″-40″ $50
  • >40″ $75
  • Bare tube, broken CRT, or damaged plasma screens $15

And for Printers :

  • Inkjets $10
  • All-in-one $25
  • Large printers $45

We feel this represents the ‘at cost’ by the pound rate we receive from our recyclers and will adjust these rates when we can to keep the costs to donators down.

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Hours

Monday-Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 12-5 Donations, Store, Volunteers
Thursday-Friday 12-5 Donations and Store Only
Saturday-Sunday 12-5 Donations, Store, Volunteers

Location

2537 25th Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55406

Entrance facing the alley


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