The Bower located in Marrickville wants to make secondhand the new normal and in the coming months you'll start to hear more about how The Bower is the place where secondhand comes first. And so far they are off to a flying start. From July to December 2016 The Bower has:
- Diverted 97 tonnes of usable items from landfill
- Had direct contact with 1,702 individuals about collection or rehoming their items
- Collected items from 416 households in The Bower truck
However collecting goods is only one side of the secondhand equation. The Bower says that buying secondhand not only saves items from landfill, there are numerous other benefits too.
For one, buying secondhand is friendly on the hip pocket. The Bowers 'House to Home' project clearly showed that for $1,000, a family of four could be provided enough with furniture and household goods to set up home. Secondly, quality goods last several lifetimes. Furniture made from timber can be maintained and repaired for hundreds of years. Chipboard......well......it's like the Wicked Witch of the West when exposed to water.
Buying secondhand also allows you to be an individual. Secondhand furniture can be unique, setting you apart from the flat-pack-chain-store-catalogue monotony of 'cheap' furniture. In addition buying secondhand can also be an outlet for creativity. Give your secondhand furniture a lick of paint. Added bonus: creative pursuits such as furniture painting or upcycling are known for their positive mental health benefits!
For further information visit: http://bower.org.au/