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by Lesley Mitchell (subscribe)
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Published September 5th 2011
If your idea of a fun afternoon is scrounging through warehouses, finding hidden treasures and picking things up almost for free.
You will love Resource Rescue. Here you can save on the cost of your art and craft materials while using all recycled materials.

Resource Rescue operate on a pretty nifty idea. They take all the things the factories or businesses can't use, and offer them at very low prices. This can include things that are perhaps a little off centre, printed slightly wrongly, coming apart a bit, or sometimes just excess stock. Businesses have a choice to either toss it out and add to landfill, or give it to Resource Rescue. Resource rescue is filled to the brim with all manner of offcuts, items and crafty pieces. Every time I visit I seem to fill a trolly with so much stuff I can barely fit it in my car boot.

They are a non-profit organization which collects a variety of rejects, seconds and factory offcuts to distribute throughout the community. They can be a great resource for schools, kindergartens, and small businesses.

Their goal is to provide a large variety of affordable resource materials and to educate their customers on the benefits of re-using to recycle and reduce.

To shop at Resource Rescue, you grab a garbage bag and fill it up with whatever is in stock. It only costs $25 per bag. It gets even cheaper when you look at their membership options. There are single or group memberships, and this is a great way to make sure you always have access to the great things on offer at Resource Rescue.

Here is a sample of their current group membership prices:
80.00 / 6 Bags Per Year
95.00 / 8 Bags Per Year
105.00 / 10 Bags Per Year
130.00 / 14 Bags Per Year
150.00 / 18 Bags Per Year
160.00 / 20 Bags Per Year
$185.00 / 24 Bags Per Year
There is also a once off joining fee of $10.

Resource Rescue offer a free local donation pickup service to anybody in Victoria. If you have some items you are going to throw away they might be of use to someone else. If you're not sure if you have anything useful, give them a call and ask. Your trash may be someone else's treasure. As long as your items are clean, they will even provide drums to pop it all in. You can also organise regular pick ups.

In one shopping trip I managed to find so many great supplies:
A selection of party plates, hats, cups, and loads of balloons.
A huge roll of gift wrap paper
Gift wrap bags
A large roll of gold shiny paper
My son just had to have a mannequins arm
Several boxes of brand new board games
Some glycerine soap bars
A hat and T Shirt
A pile of birthday and mothers day cards
A large roll of clear heavy duty plastic
A stack of wooden stakes for tomatoes
A large new wooden chopping board
Some books
A pile of cardboard sheets
Some 1 kg jars
A heap of smaller jars, bottles, and containers
A box of reflective patrols for the kids helmets
A large piece of netting for the fruit trees
A box of craft supplies

All of that was only around 2-5 bags. It is lots of fun scrounging through all of the stock in store, and you get to feel good about doing something good for the environment.

So if you think that the Resource Rescue experience sounds like fun, make sure you pop in and give it a try. Let them know you've discovered them on Weekend Notes.

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Why? Save money, find hidden treasures, recycle to feel good about it
When: Tuesday- Friday 9-5pm, Saturday's 9-1pm, closed mondays
Where: 7 / 31 Hosie st, Bayswater
Cost: $20 bag or bulk discounts
Ooops - sorry folks
A couple of typos
1) The once off joining fee is $10.00 not $100.00)
2) Casual bags are $25.00 each not $20.00 each
By Lesley Mitchell - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 6th of September @ 05:26 am
What a great idea! This scrooge is definitely interested.
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 6th of September @ 06:03 am
Oh my goodness.. I love love love this place.. In fact I managed to use up the minimum membership (6 bags) in a month.. My kids spend hours gluing and cutting all the great stuff that we get.. One of my favourite things is the wall stickers.. I give them as presents..

get yourselves over to their facebook page.. they put updates daily on the new stuff that has come in.. it is so tempting..
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 6th of September @ 06:31 am
Fantastic. Great for artists too. You can find things that really work with art and anything you do whilst planning the final peice. Wonderful, cost effective and amazing things can be found and created. Thankyou.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Friday, 9th of September @ 12:27 pm
It really is fun here, the staff are so obliging. Last week I walked in and said "oh no, I don't need a trolly" they looked at me, raised an eyebrow and said "everyone needs a trolly"
Yes: I filled it - sheesh.
By Lesley Mitchell - senior reviewer
Saturday, 10th of September @ 12:01 am
Thanks for the tip - this looks great.
By Anonymous
Saturday, 10th of September @ 04:10 pm
What a great idea! I remember going to places like that with my Mum when I was young and I've been searching for one ever since. I will definitely be heading out to Bayswater soon.
By Melody Clifford - senior reviewer
Friday, 16th of September @ 10:45 am
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