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Tweed Heads New and Used Furniture

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by Maureen Durney (subscribe)
I think Iíve got this retirement thing figured out: sleep; wake; write; repeat. I love it! You can follow my journey at Life is Good
Published October 26th 2020
Because life is too short for expensive furniture
I can think of six good reasons why you should spend time (and money) at Tweed Heads New and Used Furniture. But if you can think of more reasons (and I'll bet you can), I'd love to hear from you.

Reason 1 - DIY

DIY is the flavour of the month and the dictionary defines it as:
noun [ U ] UK
UK /ˌdiːaɪˈwaɪ/ US

abbreviation for do-it-yourself: the activity of decorating or repairing your home, or making things for your home yourself, rather than paying someone else to do it for you.

Whatever DIY definition you use, there are ways you can cheat a little, well, maybe it's more like taking a shortcut.

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Whether you are selling or buying, Brenda will look after you

Eating at diners reminds me of the 60s. I've always wanted that 'diner' feel in my dining room, but have you seen the price of a diner-setting? So the next best thing is to make one. All you need is a table and a bench or two, and voila, you have a diner-setting.

Take a long piece of furniture (I used a sturdy bench-sized unit), cover a piece of foam for the top, and you have the perfect bench seat for your setting. You could even repurpose a coffee table for the bench. If you want to be super-fancy, or you have more skills than I do, you could attach an old bed-head as a back for the bench.

You'll more than likely find all the items you need at Tweed Heads New and Used Furniture. But if they don't have exactly what you are looking for, I'm sure Brenda and Steve will find it for you.

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There's something for everyone

And it doesn't matter if the items are all different - just buy a can or two of Chalk Paint, and paint them. If you paint all the pieces the same colour, they'll look like they were a match made in heaven.

I'm not a big fan, but the Shabby Chic look is in fashion and it is so easy to do with Chalk Paint. I don't need to distress my furniture; mine distresses naturally after I've bumped into it a few times.

If you haven't used Chalk Paint before, you are in for a treat. There's no sanding or prep involved, you just clean the item, then paint. You'll be surprised at what you can use Chalk Paint on.

The best thing is the sense of pride you'll have when the job is finished. But there are other benefits, so keep reading.

Reason 2 - Downsizing

Anyone who was born between 1946 and 1964 knows about being 'Baby Boomers'. We are the cohort that makes up a huge part of the population in developed nations around the world. And we are getting older.

If you were born in 1964, you are probably thinking about retirement. For the rest of us at the other end of that spectrum - we are already there. Since most of us are now empty nesters, it's time to downsize. There's no sense keeping a large home if a small apartment in a retirement village would serve our needs better.

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Did someone say Wine?

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Need a bit of extra cash?
What do you do with the extra furniture? You contact Brenda at Tweed Heads New and Used Furniture and I'm sure she would be happy to buy it from you. They'll even come and get it if you're not too far away.

Brenda and Steve actually paid me for my oversized lounge and dining room suite. Why not get a few dollars (well - it was more than just a few dollars...) if you can?


Which brings me to:

Reason 3 - Travel Money

When it's time to furnish the new downsized apartment, check out what's in store at Tweed Heads New and Used Furniture. Grab a can or two of Chalk Paint (see Reason 1) and you'll set yourself up in the new space with everything you need.

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This setting would be just right for a small space

There's no sense spending a fortune on new furniture when you downsize - that money is best spent on travel!

Reason 4 - The Planet

When we Baby Boomers set out on our adult journey of marriage and children, the world was a very different place. If we had mentioned climate change back then, someone would have rattled off the names of the four seasons while giving us a blank look (they'd have been wondering about our mental state...).

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Don't like the colour of the sofa? Paint it with Chalk Paint.

Climate change is now a very serious business and we all need to do our part in protecting what's left of the planet we live on - and the best way to do that is to consider the amount of manufacturing we subscribe to.

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This unit has plenty of life left in it

Every new piece of furniture that is manufactured uses resources that are becoming more scarce, so it makes sense to give old furniture a new life rather than sending it to landfill.

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Great price for extra storage

Much of what is in this Tweed Heads store will transport you back to another time and place. Most Baby Boomers started married life with hand-me-downs or even crate-furniture (well, I did...). As our finances improved, we traded the old heirloom furniture for something modern, but now it's time to go back to where we came from. The old kitchen dresser with the leadlight doors is now very fashionable.

A coat of Chalk Paint will keep the sentimental value while bringing the old piece into the 21st Century. And it didn't cost the earth to create it (pardon the pun).

Reason 5 - Upsizing!

There are Baby Boomers, and there is everyone else.

The reason older Baby Boomers are now empty nesters is because the fledglings have left the nest with nothing but their clothes, iDevices and Netflix subscription. Another generation or two ago, things were very different. Young ones started out on their own with the latest appliances and brand new furniture because they didn't have to worry about a huge study debt or the uncertainty of unemployment.

That tricycle brings back memories, and yes, I am old enough to remember

2020 and COVID-19 have impacted us all and will continue to impact us for a very long time. The cost of emergency measures put in place to support those who couldn't work through the pandemic will be borne by Millennials and generations of the future. University is no longer affordable for all, and job security has disappeared.

House sharing is an option that lends itself to today's conditions. And what better way to furnish co-share accommodation than with used furniture. A new coat of bright paint will give the dullest dining suite a new look.

Trust me, the prices here are better than some op shop prices.

Don't forget, you can paint the cushion with Chalk Paint if you don't like the colour

YouTube abounds in DIY videos, so there's nothing you can't achieve with the right tools. Even that dull grey sofa could be painted with Chalk Paint (see Reason 1).

But it goes deeper than just economics. Younger generations are more aware of the fragile state of our planet and take recycling fairly seriously. They understand the logistics of manufacturing vs saving old items from landfill; they get it! They are more inclined to shop at op shops, and they know how to give an old table or chair an update (see Reason 4).

Reason 6 - It's About the Family

Tweed Heads New and Used Furniture isn't part of a chain store - it's a family business. It is owned by a couple who are passionate about what they do.

While Brenda is working on where she wants to put things, Steve is doing a make-over on an old rocking chair. But don't underestimate Brenda when she has a paintbrush in her hand. That dark old piece might already have had a touch-up with a fresh coat of paint by the time you find it.

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While Brenda thinks about where to put things...

Steve has access to a truck!

He can either pick up or drop off (for a reasonable fee). So whether you're downsizing or upsizing, Steve will be there for you. He has a trusty mate (or two) to help with the big stuff, so size doesn't matter (within reason...)

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What you see in these photos has probably already been sold....

Stock turns over fast at Tweed Heads New and Used Furniture, so the items in this article are more than likely settled into their new home by now.

The kitchen dresser has already had a make-over

You can keep up with what's happening at Tweed Heads New and Used Furniture on Facebook.

I've given you six good reasons for making a trip to Tweed Heads New and Used Furniture.

Now it's over to you to find a few more.

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You can't miss them on Machinery Drive

When you turn into Machinery Drive from the Minjungbal Drive end, take the first street on your left, which is also Machiney Drive.

You'll find Brenda and Steve in the store on:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 10.30 - 3.30 and
Saturdays from 10.30 - 2.00 (NSW time - at time of writing).

On the other days, they are busy buying more stock just for you. Best bet is to call ahead to make sure they're open if you are making a lengthy trek to get there.

See you there...
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Why? Because youíre doing it for the planet, and you want to save money
When: Tue, Wed, Thurs, 10.30-3.30; Sat - 10.30 - 2.00
Phone: 0427 347 549
Where: Shop 5, 31 Machinery Drive Tweed Heads NSW
Cost: Very affordable - even lower than some Op Shops
Your Comment
I like how each of these pieces have a history and a story and are ready to start a new chapter in a new home..
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|4641) 564 days ago
A very interesting, informative and practical article Maureen. I was just two years too early to be a baby boomer, but our first house was furnished with used furniture, whereas my children had to have the newest, the best and the most expensive.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4045) 568 days ago
Great ideas!
by Annette Vandersluis (score: 2|844) 568 days ago
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