Small shop, ‘big’ milestone

Published date18 April 2024
Publication titleClutha Leader
The shop has successfully stopped more than $500,000 worth of household and clothing items going to landfill

It is just five years since they celebrated stopping $250,000 worth of items from going to landfill.

Shop manager Annette Patterson said the team was ‘‘super excited’’ about the milestone.

‘‘We are absolutely thrilled to bits that we have managed to find homes for so many items for local people and people far away,’’ Mrs Patterson said.

‘‘Who would have known that this small shop could have reached a milestone so big?’’

The shop has been open since July 2011, when students at The Catlins Area School’s middle school were working on an inquiry topic on saving the planet.

They opened the shop for one month and then community members took it over.

It is the only swap shop in South Otago, where items can be brought in and exchanged for vouchers, then redeemed for other goods in the shop.

Although the shop is only open for two and a-half hours a week, it has become popular in and out of the district.

‘‘We get regulars all around...

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