From trash to treasure: the best tip shops in Victoria
Forget eBay and Amazon – there is a new trend emerging for where to find the most undervalued and undiscovered treasures in Victoria.
“The tip? That’s where I go to dump rubbish,” is what you may be thinking. And sure, the tip is generally where our junk has gone to die. But what constitutes ‘junk’ has had a major rebrand over the past decade thanks to new eco-friendly initiatives, and a trendy revival of retro and vintage styles.
While many people look to donate goods they no longer want or need to charity shops or those in need, plenty of perfectly usable goods are still sent to the tip. According to Sustainability Victoria, Councils collected 2.37 million tonnes of waste from Victorian households between 2019-2020, even with the new rubbish bins aimed at reducing waste. Another study found that by 2041, we are expected to generate 63 per cent more waste across the state.
However, observant workers at some tips around Victoria are on the hunt to discover the treasure from the trash - recycling goods in a usable condition including furniture, art, toys, technology, e-waste and knick-knacks that can be upcycled and ready for a new home at tip shops around the state. Rather than landfill, these shops operate like your local charity shop - where you can help reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Here’s our pick of some of the best tip shops savvy bargain hunters and vintage lovers can hit up in a neighbourhood near you.