Ahhh…. who doesn’t love Christmas? All that sparkle, the decorations, excitement, anticipation, and of course, the obligitary chin to chin family row on Christmas day. The only issue for me is that the decorations cost so much darned money and I’m usually too tight to pay out for them – but not anymore!
There’s really no extremes I don’t go to in order to find cheap and interesting objects with which to enhance my life. This neatly fuels my other passion of saving things from landfill, not creating extra manufacturing demand, and most importantly not lining the pockets of large companies (which is very difficult not to do here in Australia). Pretty much every week I am to be found foraging around op shops or even cheaper and more exciting – one of the many tip shops here on the Sunshine Coast. For those of you not lucky enough to have a rubbish dump that will sell you things the idea is if anything looks remotely saleable it goes to the recycle centre to be sold for muchos cheapos cash. The money is then sent off to charity to do a bit of good in the world and the local area doesn’t have to worry about drowning in garbage *quite* so much.
At some point I’ll do a wee post detailing my best tip raids of all time, but meanwhile how’s this for a cracking find….
Oh, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells… Tip Shop All The Way… Oh What Fun It Is To Rake For The Christmas Holiday-ay-s!!
I found a massive haul of very, very, posh Christmas decorations and the lovely lady at the recycle centre only charged me $25!
The Tip Shop Tally For Today
- 1 Fiberoptic Christmas Tree
- 4 Sets of Christmas lights
- Two Sets of Baubles
- 20 luxury tinsel garlands in tip top condition
- Napkin rings
- Christmas table centres and matching tealights
- Christmas “sit me abouts” of the posh kind
- One santa themed child’s ballgown to be altered for Eilidh
- Christmas tea towels
Estimated retail: $500
I think that’s some pretty damned good tip raking, don’t you? As for the obvious question “Who the hell throws stuff like that away??!!”. Pass!! All I know is I’ve gotten some beautiful stuff for Eilidh’s first Christmas and without buying into the over consumption crap that goes on around what really should be a day about the exact polar opposite.
I am so excited for my little girl’s first Christmas. And before you ask, yes I probably will get some of her presents at the rubbish dump.