Scavengers’ Secret Business

Danny Sunbury Tip Shop Paint

“There is wealth in waste and riches in rubbish”  Karen Ellis / Scavenger Artisan

RUDE is asked all the time about TIP SHOPS.  There are various TIP SHOP models in Australia.  We are not going to discuss the various types here.  However, we do want to write a little bit about our experiences, having frequented a few TIP SHOPS.

A TIP SHOP is located at, or close by a landfill [rubbish dump].  It is usually a big shed that has been paid for by the local municipality [council] funded by ratepayers and/or State government sustainability grants.

The idea is that recyclable stuff, that was destined for landfill, is salvaged and sorted at these sheds.  The sheds have a sale area, so when stuff has been priced it is placed into these TIP SHOPS for sale.

RUDE started shopping at TIP SHOPS over 7 years ago.  Why?  OP SHOPS [charity and thrift stores] were becoming more retail and business focused.  RUDE does not really shop retail and prefers to rummage and scavenge around for unsorted junky stuff.  We found we could do this at TIP SHOPS.  For years, we have had loads of scavenging fun but alas, and not surprisingly, TIP SHOPS are now going the way of OP SHOPS.

We used to frequent our local TIP SHOP most days, a few years back, but these days we may go once a fortnight, if that.  Why?  We have enough and are over scavenging around at the moment.

From our anecdotal experience, there are lots of people who buy new things like clothes, appliances, furniture etc for themselves but supplement their pensions, incomes, retirement etc, by selling scavenged stuff on EBay and/or at trash and treasure type markets.  Two TIP SHOP scavengers have told RUDE they fund their yearly holiday this way. 

Scavenging has become more known about, by people who may never have scavenged before.  These days we find there’s not as much good junk to rummage through, as it has all been picked over.  And prices have increased which makes it less attractive to take any old junk home.  A good thing really.

RUDE has shopped at TIP SHOPS pretty much exclusively for 7 years.  What started as a cheeky Beat The Man project has resulted in a reuse and repair lifestyle.  We share our lifestyle because in the process, we discovered we could get off the treadmill [retire] by not consuming new.  We gathered others, just may be interested in some tips on how to do similar.   

Scavenger shopping gets a lot of interesting facial and verbal reactions.  And there will be scavengers who would not dare tell some friends and relatives that they rummage around TIP SHOPS.  RUDE is not so discreet and broadcasts it worldwide.  We do it in the hope that the stigma of secondhand is lessened.  And people following our antics, can see the financial and other benefits.

Believe us when we tell you, that when we drive up to TIP SHOPS, our 1996 Commodore is usually the oldest in the parking area.  Most vehicles we come across are newish, some are Mercs and BMs [Mercedes and BMWs] and many are huge four wheel drive vehicles.  Some towing trailers of the tandem variety!

RUDE dresses in old gardening clothes to go to a TIP SHOP but you can tell the secondhand dealers by the vehicles they drive, what they wear, what they carry, how long they stay, who they talk to, and what and whom about, and the junk pieces they select [usually retro stuff].  Even if you are not into scavenging, it’s just fun to visit a TIP SHOP to observe the anthropological antics going on.

What’s the weirdest encounter we have experienced in relation to TIP SHOPS? When we were told by bureaucrats to call our local TIP SHOP a Resale Centre. 

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RUDE Boy proudly promotes his local TIP SHOP

As if that was EVER going to happen.  The Aussie TIP SHOP is an icon that’s historical name is sacred to true blue scavengers.  RUDE Girl was inspired to rap [yes, rap sort off] about this weird encounter, in a video here.

You can Beat The Man by uncovering the secret business of TIP SHOP scavengers.

Should followers wish to know about TIP SHOPS run a cooperatives this is a good podcast out of Tasmania, Australia to listen to.  Here is the link below:

https://rtrfm.com.au/story/understorey-tips-for-tip-shops/

Below images from Aussie Tip Shops, Junkyards and Restorers Barns

 

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4 thoughts on “Scavengers’ Secret Business

  1. Love your blogs. We don’t have clothes areas at the ” dump” but it’s always a good place to look for furniture, bikes etc.
    Resale Centre be blowed. a tip shop is a tip shop. Keep up the good work.

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  2. We have been to the Hobart tip shop and bought a beautiful seascape painting of Tassie for our caravan. There are two more tip shops south of Hobart at Huonville and Margate where we have bought many other things for our shack. Tip shops are fantastic. They are good for the planet and good for the pocket.

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    • Thank you Susan for sharing your TIP SHOP score. We agree TIP SHOPS are fantastico+++ for the reasons you mention. And if we are ever in Tassie, we have the heads up on those other TIP SHOPS you mention.

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  3. Thank you Sue, it’s wonderful to know you love our blogs! I am glad to read you have a place to visit for secondhand stuff. I love old textiles, so I would be disappointed not to find these at TIP SHOPS.

    And most definitely, TIP SHOPS rule!!

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