Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh

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.

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