When I worked at Te Papa on a big 1970s exhibition, my friend Alison told me that in the 70s there were free stores. It sounded great but my workmates disagreed – they thought people would just take everything and such a store would fall over quickly
Last week a free store opened in Ghuznee Street on Wellington, just around the corner from my work. It’s awesome – I turned up when the TV cameras were there (see if you can spot me) and got bananas, a great loaf of bread from Aro Bake and some lemon honey.
At the time I promised to bake a cafe from the bananas and last night I did – it was a bohemith – huge, heavy and took hours to cook.
The people at the shop were well pleased as I hope the customers that arrived today were to find they could get a piece of freshly baked cake for free. I topped it with lemon icing (using the free lemon honey) and slices of lemon from our lemon tree in the garden.