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The Green Shed

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun!
Published October 3rd 2015
Turn trash into treasure this weekend
As I write this article, I am aware that "The Green Shed" is not for everyone. Locally it is also called "The Tip Shop" as that is what it is - goods salvaged from the tip or dropped off by the public that can be sold. Most of it is dirty or broken, but if you enjoy the challenge of finding treasure to do up or fix, then this shed will keep you entertained for hours.

The Green Shed, Symonston, Canberra, second hand goods, ACT, the tip shop
The Green Shed, Symonston.

The Green Shed is run in conjunction with the ACT Government to keep saleable items out of landfill. On certain days throughout the year it gives all their proceeds to charity - at the time of writing they have donated $270,000 to local charities. There is a Green Shed in Symonston ( less than 15 minutes south of the CBD), a bigger Green Shed in Mitchell ( less than 15 minutes north of the CBD) and a Green Shed Shop and Café in the Civic which sells homeware items. See here for maps.

The Green Shed, Mitchell, Canberra, 2nd hand, tip shop, ACT
The Green Shed, Mitchell.

There is a lot of interest in the last few years in creating your own garden sculpture using a variety of old machinery parts and welding them together. The man behind the counter at Symonston said machinery parts and metal are hot sellers for this reason and anything else that is a project to "do up".

The shop is set out into departments so you can look at books, electrical, furniture, piano's, sporting goods, toys, lighting fixtures, bags, suitcases...and that is just inside.

The Green Shed, Symonston, 2nd hand, second hand, canberra, ACT
Inside the shed at Symonston.

I personally enjoy The Green Shed as I enjoy buying old wooden furniture ( for $10 - $30), sanding it back, painting it up and giving it a new lease on life. In the past we have also bought a dollhouse to repaint ($20), a Dora pretend kitchen with a broken base ($10), rocking horse to repaint ($20) and toybox that needed a sand and stain job ($15).

The Green Shed, Symonston, Canberra, 2nd hand, second hand, ACT, Canberra
Broken toys to fix up or give a repaint....if you can save them.

When you go outside there are bikes, surfboards, ski's, lawnmowers, gates, windows, wood, pots, bathroom vanities, tiles, outdoor furniture, outdoor play equipment, exercise equipment and more.

The Green Shed, Symonston, Canberra, 2nd hand, second hand, ACT, Canberra

The Green Shed, Symonston, Canberra, 2nd hand, second hand, ACT, Canberra
Outdoor kids toys...

The Green Shed, Symonston, Canberra, 2nd hand, second hand, ACT, Canberra
Exercise equipment and lawn mowers.

If you enjoy mosaic, there are piles of cheap tiles to buy that you can smash up. If your gate at home is broken, there are dozens lined up to buy. If you have been looking for a piece of furniture that needs to be an exact size there are hundreds to choose from. It is the searching and exploring that is the fun part of "The Green Shed" - looking to be inspired.

The Green Shed, Symonston, Mitchell, 2nd hand, second hand, tip shop
Do you need extra chairs for a party?

If you are a handyperson, creator, bargain hunter or simply enjoy finding treasure amongst the trash, then this place is sure to inspire.

Be warned - you usually walk out of here buying something that you didn't even realise that you needed!

The Green Shed, second hand, 2nd hand, canberra, ACT
It has everything including the kitchen sink...literally!
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Why? Either donate your own goods to ensure they don't go to landfill, or shop there for bargains and pieces you can fix up.
When: Open every day 7.30am-5.00pm except Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Phone: Mitchell: 0467 830 011. Symonston: 0433 337 125. Civic Shop: 0467 830 070
Where: Symonston: Mugga Lane, Symonston, Canberra
Your Comment
What a great idea! As A kid me and our "gang" used to ride to the local tip to scavenge. One day a mate of mine picked up a whole car! Which put a battery in and drove it home.
Cant happen now. Too many people and too many risks.
So now we have the Green Sheds. Great for recycling and repurposing. You have to have some imagination for the second one.
My latest visit (to get a garden vac) was successful, and while I was there I scored an electric bike! In sad condition, but the basics all work fine. Now, after some tinkering (I am retired so I have time) it is ready for the road. Cost? $80.
My wife is into crafts and arts, so the Green Shed is a valuable place to get stuff to repurpose. Latest was a small glass-top outdoor table, now it sports a new coat of paint for the frame and a lovely mosaic top.
by mirra (score: 1|11) 895 days ago
This is the most organised tip shop I have seen! It will be on my must visit list when I next visit Canberra - I love searching for treasures.
by aeonie (score: 1|45) 1801 days ago
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