Bath­room Bonuses

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Weekend Shopper - - KYLIE McIN­TOSH

DIY ren­o­va­tors will ap­pre­ci­ate the ex­pense in­volved in re­vamp­ing a bath­room. There’s a range of ma­te­ri­als re­quired in­clud­ing tiles, paint, a new van­ity, a bath, or shower, along with taps and shower heads and per­haps a toi­let bowl.

Many DIYers head straight to Bun­nings or Ikea. But for those who have a bit of time up their sleeve, Week­end Shop­per is the ideal en­vi­ron­ment for pick­ing up dis­counted, and some­times free, sup­plies.

Many are leftover from pre­vi­ous DIY ren­o­va­tions and so are brand new. Typ­i­cally, these are generic things like tiles and they are usu­ally in ba­sic colours such as cream and white. How­ever, there are also some bar­gains to be found like heav­ily dis­counted Ital­ian porce­lain tiles and tap ware.

A typ­i­cal Satur­day’s Shop­per un­der the Bath­rooms sec­tion will ad­ver­tise at least some­thing for the DIYer, in par­tic­u­lar for shop­pers ren­o­vat­ing Queens­lan­ders seek­ing au­then­tic ma­te­ri­als.

For ex­am­ple, shop­pers are likely to find “basins and taps – good con­di­tion, $10”; “Basin vit­re­ous, at­trac­tive old style, ideal for Queens­lan­der $15”; “Solid brass taps, older style, suit older home, $50”; and a “Claw foot tub, an­tique cast iron needs reglazing $200 ono”.

There are a host of give­aways to be found here, too. They can in­clude van­i­ties, basins and shower units.

Tiles in Shop­per come in all shapes and sizes and can vary from one box full to sev­eral hun­dred square me­tres, in­clud­ing, “Tiles left over, beau­ti­ful new bath­room tiles plus some build­ing ma­te­ri­als $20 ono”.

Other bath­room items ad­ver­tised in­clude shower screens which range from $30 to $400, spa baths from $50, and toi­lets from $40.

So be­fore you pay the big bucks, check­out Shop­per’s bath­room bar­gains.

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