Tane Duff, 44, has been running a free community shop in
South Dunedin to help those in need for the last year.
Photo by Samantha McPherson.
Tane Duff has got his heart in the right place. The
44-year-old St Kilda resident decided to run a free shop out of
his Bay View Rd home last year as a way of giving back to the
Mr Duff started the shop with a few clothes, plates, cups and
Thanks to the generosity of the community, stock levels
quickly grew and it didn't take long for the room to become
full of household items, books, Christmas trees, soft toys,
baby clothes, kids and adult clothes and shoes.
''I wanted to do something to help the community. I made a
sign and put it out the front of my house one day and gave
people the option of dropping things off that they no longer
needed. I thought it would have been a one-hit wonder, but it
"It just keeps growing. The stock I have in the shop is there
for people who need it,'' he said.
Mr Duff said he couldn't continue to do what he does without
the help and generosity of the community.
''People dropping goods off for the shop is heartening. If I
get bags of clothes, I always make sure they are in good
condition and wash them before I put them in the shop.
"People even drop washing powder off for me. The same goes
with jugs and microwaves. I always make sure they are cleaned
and working before they go into the shop.
"I have a shed that is always kept full of goods and
sometimes there are boxes all over my kitchen full of stuff
to sort,'' he said.
A simple thank you from children and the smile on their faces
when they pick up a soft toy out of the basket is what makes
the venture worthwhile for Mr Duff.
''It's quite fun. Kids smiling when they choose a soft toy to
take home - it really makes my day. It feels good helping
those in need,'' he said.
But Mr Duff isn't the only one with the community at heart.
His brother, Kevin, has a shop in Douglas St, that
specialises in household furniture including lounge suites,
fridges, chairs and dining room tables. Donations are always
The No Money Community Shop, at 142 Bay View Rd, is open from
9.30am to 4.30pm every day, except Tuesdays. Donations are
Do you know of any similar ''free shops''?