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The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Front Page - - CHARLEY TRAYNOR

IF any­one else is frus­trated with DIY fur­nish­ings and Al­lan keys, look no fur­ther than the pages of The Week­end Shop­per for great deals on sec­ond­hand house­hold goods and fur­ni­ture to out­fit any home, car­a­van or cubby hole.

Start­ing with A, a range of an­tiques can be found, in­clud­ing time­less pieces of fur­ni­ture that will never be dis­cov­ered on a show­room floor un­der flu­o­res­cent lights.

From an an­tique retro mir­ror with scal­loped edg­ing and a sail­ing ship for just $65 to an art deco sil­ver tea set, trans­form any bor­ing liv­ing area to a fan­tas­tic sit­ting room com­plete with grand­fa­ther chairs or an Ed­war­dian duchess from the late 1800s.

In­di­vid­u­alise a kitchen with a 1966 Simp­son sin­gle door fridge freezer that still works and was go­ing for just $100 in last week­end’s Shop­per.

Mov­ing on to C, of­fer­ings in the China, crys­tal, sil­ver­ware sec­tion are per­fect for fill­ing those empty draw­ers in the kitchen.

Score an eight-set­ting Mikasa din­ner set com­plete with salt and pep­per shak­ers, creamer, gravy boat and two serv­ing bowls for $180. Imag­ine the looks on relatives’ faces when mac­a­roni and cheese gets served up in style.

Or serve high tea from a three-tier ce­ramic cake stand for only $15.

Hop over to H for Home Fur­nish­ings where book shelves, bar stools and even bath tubs can be found.

Jazz up a foyer with a Swarovski crys­tal chan­de­lier with two match­ing wall pen­dants for a mere $500… that hard to please mother-in-law will beam with pride when she re­alises you’ve got taste.

L is for Linen where savvy Week­end shop­pers will find ev­ery­thing from sheet sets to doona cov­ers to brand new pil­lows.

A brand-new dou­ble bed prima elec­tric blan­ket was go­ing for $30, per­fect for keep­ing cold bod­ies warm on chilly win­ter nights.

Find ev­ery­thing for baby in Baby Needs in­clud­ing clothes, bot­tles, change ta­bles, prams, cots, high chairs and more be­cause re­mem­ber, baby doesn’t know if her pram cost $1000 or $100.

Imag­ine all the ex­tra money that could be float­ing around just by pe­rus­ing the pages of The Week­end Shop­per; you just might be able to af­ford a hol­i­day to Swe­den.

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