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A shop in Te Anau where
everything is free has still
managed to bring in more than
$7000 in the past four years.
“The Shed” is a clothing exchange
organised by the Lakeside
Presbyterian Church from the
home of its minister Rev Karl
Lamb. Run by his wife Lynley, it
takes in second-hand clothing and
household items donated by the
public and is open once a week for
anyone to come in and take away
what they need, free of charge.
Its currency is “grace”, the sign
on the door reading: “All stock is a
free gift, just like God’s love”.
A donation box is there for people
to put in what they think an item
is worth or simply what they can
afford, but the role of The Shed is
to meet a need in the community
so there is no obligation to pay.
Despite that, some $7300 had
been raised, the bulk of which had
been donated to the Fiordland
Health Trust, Mrs Lamb said.
Clothing, bedding and kitchen
items were most sought after. A
sudden cold snap inevitably led to
an influx of backpackers looking
for jerseys, blankets and hats.
Crockery, cutlery, pots and pans
often found homes with young
people setting up flats.
One of her great pleasures was
seeing children play with toys
while their parents rummaged
through other items. When it came
time to leave and a child asked
if they could have a toy it was a
delight to be able to give it to them
with no financial pressure on their
The people of Fiordland were very
generous with their donations
of used goods, Mrs Lamb said.
However, just as other op shops
were finding, she sometimes got
goods that were not usable and
had to be dumped – an added
and unnecessary cost.
Other times she was given more than she was
able to store and she forwarded some things
on to the Salvation Army in Invercargill.
The Lambs’ home is a one-stop shop for those
needing a helping hand. Mr Lamb offers free
budget advice and the couple also manage
the town’s food bank.
Mrs Lamb loves running The Shed — no doubt
influenced by growing up in the Salvation Army
and watching her mother work in the Thrift
Shop and her father work for second-hand
dealers William Todd and Co.
“I grew up in a second-hand world,” she said.
30 Moana Crescent, Te Anau
Open 10am-2pm Saturdays or
Any good quality donated
Contact Lynley Lamb,
The Northern Southland toy library has
gone mobile in a bid to reach families
throughout its catchment area.
Librarian Jeanna Rodgers said the mobile
service was started about six months ago
thanks to her father, the Rev Canon Chris
Rodgers, who volunteered to ferry toys to
Balfour, Waikaia, Mossburn, Riversdale
and Athol once a month while on church
The on-the-road service had generated a
strong following, particularly in areas such
as Balfour, she said.
Northern Southland is thought to have
the only mobile toy library service in
Southland and be one of only a handful in
the country to offer such a service.
Mrs Rodgers said the library currently had
a membership of about 50 families but
was always on the lookout for more.
Donations of toys were also most welcome
and the library committee had worked
hard recently to boost the number of toys
suitable for older children, aged about
nine or 10.
Some of the most popular toys included
ride-ons, such as tractors, which many
families could not afford to buy but
appreciated the chance to borrow for a
Helpers were also keenly sought after
and anyone interested in volunteering
was invited to attend a meeting at the
toy library in Lumsden at 10.30am on
The toy library is open in Lumsden
between 9.45am and 11.15am on
Tuesdays and for an hour after school on
Those interested in accessing the mobile
service can contact Mrs Rodgers on 03
248 7470 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership costs $60 a year per family.
Toy library takes to the road to cover region
ABOVE: Lynley Lamb at home in The Shed, a treasure
trove of clothing and household goods where
everything is free.
TOP: The Shed at Te Anau’s Lakeside Presbyterian
Church manse is crammed full of second hand
clothing and household items looking for new homes.
Shop without price tags
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