Our favourite inner west charity that resells and repairs used things just launched an online store. You no longer have to go to Marrickville to browse vintage furniture, books, kitchen utensils and tools from The Bower.
And there’s plenty more where this came from. Consider the energy and resources needed to manufacture a new item and your contribution to waste before buying new, and buy used online.
1. For DIY lovers: The Bower
If you like working on projects and customising your home as you like it, The Bower is for you. You’ll rifle through shelves of tools and materials from tiles and sinks to old doors. This is a good way to save money on your renovation, too.
2. For quick buys: Gumtree
If you need new furniture, garden maintenance materials, electronics and more, someone on Gumtree is likely to sell it for cheaper. You’ll need a bit of time to find the item you want and liaise with the seller. And be prepared for other users to snap up first. But all of this is worth it for the reams of choice.
Some things do come for free – you just need to be a member of Freecycle. Freecycle is a global non-profit network, but once you join, you will be placed in a group in your local area. Once here, you can browse for free items in your area, or give away your unwanted goods. We spotted a lovely art deco wardrobe and a 4 burner barbeque. An honourable mention also goes to Ziilch, which allows you to list for free and has a more user-friendly interface.
4. For stuff from friends of friends: Facebook buy and swap groups
If you’re a Facebook user, put this platform to work. Search for ‘buy, swap and sell’ and your area and join a group (there’s one called Sydney Retro Recycle Buy Sell & Swap, for example). You can post images with descriptions and people will comment if interested. You will find beautiful furniture, clothing, jewellery and other unique used items.
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