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Pick­ing a win­ner by the road­side

It’s coun­cil clean-up time again and al­ready there’s a trea­sure trove of un­wanted goods col­lect­ing on the na­ture strip in my area.

I know some find this bian­nual event an eye­sore but I hon­estly find it so much fun — and a lit­tle voyeuris­tic to see what the neigh­bours have been ac­cu­mu­lat­ing be­hind closed doors.

A quick walk up a sin­gle street last week re­vealed enough fur­ni­ture to kit out a liv­ing room, in­clud­ing a pair of red vel­vet so­fas, a re­cliner, a retro side­board, a mir­ror and a few din­ing chairs, all in rea­son­ably good con­di­tion.

It’s the sort of fur­ni­ture that I would have been happy to own in my stu­dent days but would more than likely be re­jected by the char­i­ties.

In­stead, it ends up on the foot­path a week be­fore the of­fi­cial col­lec­tion date to be viewed by dozens of passers-by.

My the­ory is the tim­ing is de­lib­er­ate to give oth­ers the chance too take what they want. While I’ve now banned anned my­self from drag­ging any­thing­ing else from the neigh­bours’ na­ture e strips home, I’ve cer­tainly en­joyed a lit­tle road­side rum­mage in the past, tak­ing g pos­ses­sion of ev­ery­thing fro­mom out­door chairs to lounges and shelv­ing. ng.

But the fam­ily tra­di­tion con­tin­ues. on­tin­ues. The last time my uni­ver­sity--aged daugh­ter vis­ited, she hap­pi­lyy stuffed a wooden chair she found on the street into the back of her car. Shee needed a new chair for the desk in herr share house and it fit the bill.

In­deed, there’s a cer­tain de­light in putting some­thing out to findnd some­one else has seen value in it be­fore­ore the coun­cil garbage truck rolls in. n.

I ex­pect those so­fas and the he side­board won’t last long, al­thoughlthough the re­cliner might be past its prime.ime. Still, best to take a dif­fer­ent routee for the next cou­ple of weeks, just inn case.


Iron­ing will never be a chore when this beau­ti­ful bam­boo board is at the ready. Bam­boo iron­ing board, $129 from Hills, hill­shome.com.au This side ta­ble w will bring a re­laxed vibe to your liv­ing room. Top with an in­door p plant or your favourite mag­a­zines. Fal­lon side ta­ble, $399.95 f from Opus De­sign Co, opus­de­sign.com.au

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