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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
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
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
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?