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When it comes to sniff­ing out fan­tas­tic sec­ond-hand and re­cy­cled finds, Mar­tine is a pro. Here is her ad­vice on how to get started.

1 The adage, “One man’s trash is an­other man’s trea­sure,” re­ally ap­plies. Work out what level of dis­re­pair you can real­is­ti­cally deal with – bro­ken fur­ni­ture you will never get around to fix­ing is just junk. 2 Take ad­van­tage of places that spe­cialise in “re­verse” garbage and re­cy­cled items. Scour garage sales and join buy, sell and swap groups on the in­ter­net. 3 Be bold – if you don’t grab it, some­one else will. And if you have some­where to store it, you can hold on to it while you fig­ure out what to do with it.

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