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A number of people might remember tips in the good old days when anyone could go and have a rummage and find all kinds of fascinating things that people threw away and that were worth a pretty penny.
My husband told me he spent lots of time rummaging through the local tip when he was a kid.
He and his mates would find old tyres and take them to the local mechanic who would pay them good money for them. Then when the mechanic had added them to his stockpile and had his back turned they would sneak back and roll them out again and return them at a later stage and be paid yet again.
I was also amused to find a whole row of wigs. I assume they were hairdressing apprentices practice wigs which had been cut down till there was not much hair left to cut off. But still perfect for dress-up occasions especially if a woman wanted to dress up as short-haired man.
I was also really surprised at the number of vintage items such as His Master's voice old phonograph records, antique books and Singer sewing machines.
There was an incredible range of plant pots. In fact the Outlook store at Mornington has decked itself out as a nursery as well, selling chap gardening supplies as well as whole banks of old pots that people had thrown out. Perfect for those with a green thumb who like to propagate seedlings.
There is another Outlook Market - Second Hand Shop at Darebin Resource Recovery Centre, Kurnai Avenue (off Henty Street), Reservoir
Opening Hours: 8am to 3.30pm, 7 days a week (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day. Christmas Eve closed at 11:00 am).
Wesburn RWTS is at 689 Old Warburton Road, Wesburn.
Operating Hours: 8:30am - 4:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday (Note: also open Wednesday and Thursday during daylight savings period)
9:00 am - 4:00pm Sunday & Public Holidays
The best bit is that Outlook Environmental 'Tip Shop' runs as a social enterprise, meaning profits made go straight back to running an excellent organisation that supports people in our community. An awesome organisation!
My husband and I [RUDE] have been living off the junk of others from TIP SHOPS for over 6 years. It has been our mission to showcase and share, to any person who may be interested, what can be reused and repaired to save the planet, hip pocket and encourage creativity and resilience.
We commenced 'shopping' at TIP SHOPS as soon as OP SHOPS started to go the way of small retail businesses in the high street. We found that the days of rummaging around in a dusty and musty OP SHOPS was all but over.
We are finding that TIP SHOPS are going the way of OP SHOPS, and are cleaning, organising and sorting the stuff that is dropped off. We are glad we found TIP SHOPS 6 years ago, before the rush to 'discover' them all over again, albeit in a different guise.