Free for All shop sets up in Porirua CBD

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

There’s one thing the hundreds of peo­ple queu­ing out­side a Porirua store have in com­mon; no­body is hold­ing a wal­let.

In­side, among the books, clothes, kitchen­ware and fur­ni­ture the only thing miss­ing was a cash reg­is­ter and price tags, ev­ery­thing is free.

Wel­come to ‘‘Free for All’’, a pop-up store that will be housed in one of Cob­ham Court’s many empty shops un­til Septem­ber 11.

Co-founder Dee Glent­worth said the premise was sim­ple, ‘‘there’s no catch, no fine print, ev­ery­thing’s given with love.’’

Along with friend Chrissy Leg­gott, Glent­worth has been run­ning the shop since March, col­lect­ing do­nated goods no longer needed by their own­ers then giv­ing them away to peo­ple who want them.

‘‘It’s a real com­mu­nity ef­fort, with­out peo­ple do­nat­ing we’d have noth­ing to give away, so we rely on those peo­ple.

‘‘It’s some­thing that brings peo­ple to­gether ... ev­ery per­son from ev­ery cul­ture un­der­stands the word free.’’

The shop usu­ally ran out of the pair’s homes in Wai­tan­girua and John­sonville, but weather dic­tated the open­ing hours.

‘‘We need fine weather to put the stuff out­side or we can’t open, but it’s dur­ing bad weather when peo­ple need things the most.’’

Be­ing able to use the CBD shop rent free for the next fort­night was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for every­body, she said.

‘‘Look at all the peo­ple, that must give some ben­e­fit to the other re­tail­ers as well.’’

Porirua woman Mem­ory Joe was on the look out for toys and books for her chil­dren.

‘‘It just means a lot for me and my kids, we can’t buy a lot of things and this is so con­ve­nient for us ... it saves us a lot of money.’’

She said her fam­ily had got a lot of things from the shop when it was housed in Leg­gott’s garage, but the city shop was a much bet­ter lo­ca­tion.

Fran, who didn’t want to give her last name, was happy to show off her bags of free good­ies.

‘‘I don’t need them, but my friends will love them ... I think this [the shop] is an ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous idea.

‘‘Peo­ple like to say that we’re poor in Porirua, but when you look at this shop you see how rich we are, we’re rich in peo­ple.’’

Peo­ple want­ing to do­nate their un­wanted items were wel­come to bring them to the shop un­til Septem­ber 10.

VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

Chrissy Leg­gott, left, and Dee Glent­worth.

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