Crowdfunding Wooden Shoe, an anti-profit bookstore and infoshop in Philadelphia


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Anti-profit, but short $25k just to survive. Oh, the cognitive dissonance!


I think the term is non-profit. Anti-profit would imply that the place is plans to expend more money than it gets. Only the Federal Reserve gets to do that.


Yeah, that anti-profit line evoked an immediate eyeroll from me. Just call it a non-profit like everyone else. Anti-profit sounds like you’re Blackberry or something.


I used to work at a “non-profit” that turned well over a million bucks a month. So I think I understand the difference between non and anti.

And anyway, I don’t see why youse guys have a problem with the nomenclature. They are anti-profit and they are $25K in the hole. Seems perfectly consistent to me.

I’m just wondering how come I never heard of these guys before… I worked in Philly for years!


I have lived in Philadelphia all my life. South street is and has always been a Hip/Trendy area, and the times I am there, I am usually going somewhere else, so toting a couple of hardbacks along to a bar or restaurant doesn’t work real well. It is not a location that makes it easy to drive, or walk over to without dealing with crowds or tight parking.
I know people who go there but we have another used bookstore right behind our main library that fits the bill better. All the books are donated and the proceeds go to the Library which most book people like. There are also two resident cats that wander the store, and I swear I often stop in just to pet the cats.It is a little more off the beaten track, and that makes frequent stops on my way out of Center City easier.
I also know that 15 minutes after I die, my wife is calling up to donate all my books, so I am kind of just renting them. It’s a Circle of Life thing.


“Wooden Shoe”.
I see what they did there…

If you get invited to " secret meetings " after you donate, don’t go, it’s probably the FBI…


non-profits generally seek a minimal surplus, and have mostly paid staff. this business reads more like it only needs to pay for it’s space, but has no intentions to grow or anything, and has volunteers not employees. that all adds up to being intentionally anti-profit, not just a non-profit… plus they could focus on promoting anti-profiteering ideals to boot: cooperativism, non-profits, unionizing, volunteering, et cetera.


I don’t know the store or if they have a robust online presence, if they don’t already i think that would be an ideal way for them to grow, gather more volunteers and get a community of intellectuals and makers around them. If they haven’t it’s a missed opportunity.


Here’s your online presence… they haven’t slacked off in that department (and it’s attractive and accessible as well.)


They are an infoshop. I’d be surprised if they don’t.


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