Artists trump with Tip Shop treasure

Brisbane artists Brianna and Sharon Lee have wowed voters to take out first prize in the Brisbane City Council Trash Or Treasure Facebook competition.

The ingenious pair transformed a plain television cabinet they found at Brisbane City Council Tip Shop into a stunning storybook decoupage drinks cabinet with a lush red velvet and gold-leaf interior.

Presenting the mother and daughter duo with a $500 cheque, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk praised their “creative masterpiece” and commented that the competition really did lend weight to the old adage that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

“This is a combination of turning trash into valuable items ... and it’s also a social enterprise opportunity for Endeavour Foundation here in Queensland,” said Mayor Quirk.

“It really is recycling at its very best.”

The Tip Shop, located at 46 Colebard Street West, Acacia Ridge, is managed by Endeavour Foundation, whose staff and volunteers rescue items destined for landfill and give them a new lease of life. These quality used, recycled and second-hand products are then put on display in the store, where buyers can snap them up for rock-bottom prices.

All proceeds go to Endeavour Foundation, which is one of the largest non-government disability service providers in Australia and supports more than 3,350 people with a disability from 230 locations across Queensland and in New South Wales.

The Tip Shop is open to the public from 8am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Now in its third year, it sees around 500 visitors per weekend and some 35,000 shoppers have purchased items there to date.

Given the Tip Shop’s success, it’s hardly surprising that Lord Mayor Quirk has revealed plans to open another store on Brisbane’s northside. Mr Quirk pledged to set aside money for this in the upcoming council budget.

In the meantime, there are plenty of treasures just waiting to be discovered at the Tip Shop. Ranging from bric-a-brac to sofas and pre-loved skis, the store even boasts a large collection of ceramic garden pots donated after they were damaged by floodwaters.

“One option was to grind them down and use them as road base – and the other option was to sell them through the Tip Shop,” explains Endeavour Foundation Product Development Manager Arthur Ziakas. “We’ve ended up with quite a large stock and they’re discounted to reflect the fact that they’re seconds.”

Most stock carries a price tag of less than $50, making the Tip Shop a haven for shoppers on a budget. It’s also a fantastic way of reducing waste and supporting Endeavour Foundation – so why not head over this weekend and see what treasures you can find?


Kirrily Boulton, Media & Communications Manager
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