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Resource Tip Shop

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Published September 5th 2012
Is one man's trash your treasure? Dig for gold and find out
Whether you like this kind of thing or not will be really personal. Basically, in South Hobart there is a place called the Resource Tip Shop. It's kind of like a permanent trash and treasure market or even like visiting the dump.

It's up a big hill not far from the Cascades Female Factory and I was on foot so I think I might've looked a bit strange walking up there, but more than one local I'd spoken to mentioned it as being a cool place and so I thought I'd make the trip and see for myself.

So, I huffed and puffed my way up the big hill and prepared to enter the recyclables zone. Walking through a cool metal gate I passed a pile of wooden boxes - some of them were broken up and probably useless but some of them were just things that had obviously seen out their usefulness in someone's house and so had been brought here in the hope that they'd find a new home. There were a few that were particularly nice with fine detailing that looked like they'd been well cared for.

As I continued down the path there were toilet bowls with plants growing in them, and then all sorts of outdoor items and sports things - fishing rods, cricket bats and old basketball rings to name a few. I continued up the pathway to the entrance to the shed. Inside this shed things are a chaotic mess - there are clothes, books (a surprising amount of second wave feminism's strongest texts, and lots of Mills and Boon which seems nicely contradictory), a few DVDs but more commonly VHS's that made me think fondly of the whirring sound of the fast rewind when you were finished watching a movie and turned it off as a kid.

There was a section of HiFi systems and other tech type things - keyboards, mouses, monitors, and then also a section of household appliances, some of which looked pretty new. Then venturing through the shed and outside there were trolley loads of rubbish or 'finds' depending on your state of mind. There was a pile of baby seats and the like, and lots of cutlery and crockery. For those who like vintage tea cups and saucers you'd find quite a bit to entice I'd say, and one of the people who'd told me about the place said that it was the kind of place where one or two things would cost the same as an entire armful so why not stock up?

There was also a whole other section of car stuff and other mechanical items that I didn't venture into because it wasn't as if I could bring a tyre home with me on the plane.

The Hobart Resource Tip Shop was an interesting place to visit. It also shows the dedication to reusing and recycling objects in Hobart. When you see how close Hobart still is to nature it is understandable that the people want to protect it and reduce their waste. So if you're a bargain hunter or just want to have a look at some knick knacks remember that just outside the city there's a place to check out. Not to mention that it's nestled in the hills beneath the famous Mt Wellington so the walk itself is nice and the views are lovely.
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Why? Embrace your inner pirate and dig for treasure
When: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00 Saturday-Sunday 9:00-4:00
Phone: 03 6224 8669
Where: McRobies Gully Waste Management Centre McRobies Road, South Hobart
Cost: Varies.
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