Though the name is not necessarily appealing, it is certainly apt as the Tip Shop stock consists of discarded items that have been salvaged from the tip. Prepared for sale by the Endeavour Foundation, there are bargains to be found with the added incentive of reducing Brisbane's staggering landfill.
Acacia Ridge has been home to the Brisbane Tip Shop for some time and Brisbane City Council is giving North-siders a chance to get in on the action with a new Tip Shop opening at Geebung (27A Prosperity Place) on December 1st, 2012. The two shops are only open on the weekends, from 8.00am - 4.00pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
I recently visited the Acacia Ridge shop and was impressed by the scale and organisation of the charitable venture. It was a rainy day but the front area of the large warehouse was still crowded with recycled goods including dog houses, kids toys, outdoor chairs and all sorts of building odds and sods for the home renovators including doors, windows and tiles.
Inside the warehouse is well organised and stuffed to the brim with items for the home and family, from bed frames to the kitchen sink - and everything truly is cheap as chips, perhaps even cheaper. This desk which was in excellent condition was going for $15.
There is a mountain of furniture for the home and office, and computers and accessories, plus miscellaneous items such as fans, fish tanks, window blinds and medical rehabilitation equipment including a big crate full of crutches ($10 per pair).
A room full of well organised books (all priced at 50c each) leads into a room stocked with lamps, electrical items and a pile of speakers. A long shelved wall of kitchenware and knick knacks is priced at $1 per item, or grab a set of 4 plates, cups and saucers for $1.
Fashion wise there is a small adult clothing section (average item price $3), a decent baby and kid's clothing section ($2 per item), two shelves of ladies bags ($2 each) and suitcases ($5-10). The bags are all jumbled together so be prepared to hunt for your treasure as I did, and came away with 2 black clutches in excellent condition - a third I left there because the zip was broken. And that's the way it is with the Tip Shop.
Kids are well catered for with an extensive range of bikes, toys and prams priced from $1, as are sports fans looking for a bargain bowling ball, pair of rollerblades, tennis racket, skis, golf clubs or cricket equipment.
Outside on the other side of the warehouse I found a stockpile of brand new garden pots ranging in colour and size, the largest and most expensive priced at $25 - and if you've ever purchased pots from Bunnings or nurseries, you'll realise what a bargain this is.
I would define the quality of most items on sale as useable; don't expect bright, shiny new things (there are occasional near-new items), remember these are things that people saw fit to throw out. But as the saying goes, one man's trash is another man's treasure, and I did find some treasures of my own (a brand new hat, a bowl, a bag of new Christmas decorations and 2 black clutch purses for a whopping total of $6!). There are definitely bargains to be found but choose carefully as there are understandably no refunds or exchanges.
If you'd care to donate items that are in a useable condition to be recycled, there are signed and designated collection areas at each of Brisbane's four rubbish tips (Nudgee, Ferny Grove, Chandler and Willawong).
Fantastic post, thank you. I happened to read it only minutes before finalising a time to pick up an eBay purchase nearby, so of course it was no hardship for my thrifty loving self to include a visit to The Tip Shop. I came away with 12 collectible vintage books, 2 retro glass pitchers, some fabric scraps for crafting, a silk tie for hubs and a large vintage suitcase. The damage? $26.00!! Total.
It was nearing the end of the day, and quite hot so I didn't have the motivation to really hunt down more treasures and if I didn't already have a huge bookcase taking up space in my van I'd have come away with a mid-century coffee table with a gorgeous shape and turned feet. If I get there first thing next Saturday, it might yet make it back to my garage for a little restorative loving. The staff were friendly. The woman behind the counter was super friendly and happy to chat and even insisted on helping me carry my loot to the car.
I'll certainly be going back but look forward to the opening of the north side store next month.