Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photos if you need help reading this sign. Click on the closeup photo to enlarge it and see the characters more clearly.
I noticed it recently at a Kyoto flea market that’s held regularly in front of city hall, a regular event that’s called 役所前フリーマーケット in Japanese.
Sellers there are generally not pros, but folks who have been cleaning out their closets and are there to make a bit of money and find new homes for things that they no longer need, so there are lots of serious bargains to be had. And as this sign announces, the things in this box are even better than cheap, they’re free!
Though I have fun shopping there, I’m a bit too lazy to sell stuff at the market. Instead, I sometimes create a sign similar to the one in the photos and put it in front of my house, along with things I want to give away. They always seem to disappear before long! So if you live in Japan, you might want to make your own version of the sign and see what happens. I generally put stuff on a small piece of fabric rather than inside a box so it’s easy for people walking by to see and sort through, so I drop the first line, この中, and replace it with こちらは.
The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to their order of appearance in both Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji and Kanji in Context.
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Heisig(H39, H1775, H1178, H990, H36, H1105, H660, H50)
Kanji In Context(KIC33, KIC400, KIC240, KIC199, KIC63, KIC623, KIC142, KIC32)