Telluride Free Box
What: Telluride Free Box
When: The Free Box never closes!
name says it all, although perhaps it should be called Telluride
Free Boxes to more accurately reflect how this outdoor giveaway rack
looks these days.
It began sometime in the mid-1970s, back when
Telluride was simply a small mountain town, with a definite hippie
and New Age influence to it. People in Telluride who had some item
they no longer needed might drop it off in the Free Box, "A
People who like free things would browse the Free
Box and take things they wanted.
It's still that simple. Somehow this tradition has
endured in these much more upscale, high-class, resort days.
Most of the items in the Free Box are clothing and
small housewares, but you never know what you might find. The last
time we visited, we noticed a very used climbing harness had been
donated. Buyer (or in this case, donee) beware. At the end of the
ski season, you're especially likely to find some true treasures,
however, as the ski crowd departs until the snows fly again. The
Telluride Daily Planet reported
watching someone drop off (and someone else quickly snatch up) a
huge Sony flat-screen TV.
The Free Box has its downside, as well. At times,
it becomes a hangout for people whose behavior could be described as
undesirable, or it simply becomes a free place to dump junk that no
Still, don't you just have to check out this
Telluride icon when you learn that the annual
Telluride Bluegrass Festival includes a Free Box Fashion
Show, where models showcase clothing from the Free Box?
And after you visit the Free Box, you can take the
Free Gondola up to Mountain
Look for the Free Box on North Pine, just off of Colorado Avenue