Kitchen lending libraries possibly the next big trend

Most people think of libraries as places to borrow books and DVDs, or find out important information, but there is a new kind emerging that offers something very different: culinary utensils.

Based in Toronto, The Kitchen Library is a non-profit organisation that enables its members to borrow kitchen appliances, rather than books. Locals can lend everything from a slow cooker to an ice cream maker, and much more besides. The Kitchen Library currently has more than 100 items in its inventory.

The concept is the brainchild of Dayna Boyer, a 30-year-old foodie from Canada. Annoyed by the lack of space in her kitchen, and unable to afford the type of juicer that she wanted on her own, she decided to start the library.

At the time, Boyer was working as a web journalist and marketer, which had led to her involvement with the Toronto Tool library. Inspired by this tool-lending scheme, she began to think about creating a similar project for kitchen appliances and put out a request for utensil donations.

Boyer was reportedly shocked by just how many donations she received, proving enough to get The Kitchen Library started. Members can now borrow equipment four days a week, for a membership fee of only Ca$50 (£28) annually.

With so much interest in The Kitchen Library, it is only a matter of time before the concept spreads, which will enable more people to spend less money on appliances and more on a custom kitchens designer in Chester.

Posted by Peter
October 30, 2014
Emerging trends

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