The Tin Shed of today was built from corrugated iron in the late 19th century and used on the farm as a horse stables. Several decades later when horses were largely replaced by tractors, the shed became used for grain storage. In 1985, farm owners Brian and Olwyn Palmer converted the shed into The Tin Shed, a shop selling wool sweaters hand-knitted by local ladies. It went on to become a thriving business selling New Zealand-made wool clothing and sheep skin products.
In 1997 the business was sold to me (Lesley Limbe). Around this time NZ fashion and textiles industries were experiencing a technological revolution that radically changed the way we operated and the garments we stocked...
Two ground-breaking products were launched in 1999
Super-light-weight merino knits (particularly the Bay Road range).
Merino possum knitwear (super-soft, super-light and twice as warm as pure wool).
Bay Road merino knit tops were so light, fine and soft, they could be worn directly on the skin without the itch factor of previous pure wool garments. The second innovation, merino possum knitwear was produced by blending merino wool and possum fur. The possum is a major ecological pest in New Zealand – it has been killing native plants and bird life since its introduction here in the 1850’s. Bay Road merinos and merino-possum knitwear quickly became our two best selling lines.
Monday – Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm Saturday – Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm Open every day except Christmas Day
HOW TO FIND US
As you are travelling down the State Highway 1 towards Timaru, turn right at the signs to Geraldine, just past the Oasis Tea Rooms. We are 1 km up the Rangitata Highway towards Geraldine on the right side of the road.