SAVE ON ITEMS FOR HOME
THE old adage “your trash is someone’s treasure” is coming true for people turning to second-hand items to furnish their homes.
Sites such as Gumtree have reported an increase in the sales of and searches for second-hand items like dining tables, fridges, lounges, wardrobes and washing machines.
Last year, Gumtree valued the nation’s second-hand economy at $29 billion, an $11 billion increase on 2012.
Gumtree found that, on average, Australians made $4000 per person last year selling unwanted goods, proving it’s easy to save money, and the environment.
“Savvy Australians are looking for good quality items at a great price. This is everything from functional goods like fridges and dining tables, to more unique items like refurbished side tables and vintage lamps,” Sara McConkey of Gumtree says.
As a demonstration, Gumtree recently furnished a home in Melbourne for just under $1000 using nothing but second-hand items.
The New Joneses’ house is an eight-star energy-rated house that pops up in Federation Square each year as part of the city’s Sustainability Festival.
The living room featured functional items such as a dining table and chairs and art pieces like framed posters.
“All items for The New Joneses are a great example of how pre-loved and refurbished items can help you create a unique, stylish look in your house without breaking the bank,” Niki Hennessy of Gumtree says.
Second chance ... some of the second-hand items used to furnish The New Joneses’ house.