‘One man’s trash is another’s treasure’
Reusing items is a great way to reduce your environmental impact, save money and reduce the amount of material that you send to landfill.
Sometimes it’s a waste to throw things away!
If your items are still in good condition, you could:
- reuse them yourself
- give them to friends
- donate them to charity
- give them away through a ‘swap’ event or online
- sell them.
How do I get started?
The list of options below will help you to give away your items for reuse and pick up second hand items in lieu of new ones.
Online: give away
Online: give away, swap or sell / buy
Online: swap clothes
The Clothing Exchange hold regular events where you can swap your items for others. Tickets to attend the event are usually $25 and can be purchased online.
Hold a Swap Party
A swap party is an event where you bring along something you don't want and swap it for something you do. Check out Planet Ark’s guide on how to hold your own swap party.
Donate your old computer:
Computerbank recycles donated computers and distributes them to disadvantaged individuals and community groups. Computerbank Victoria are located at 483 Victoria Street, West Melbourne and are open from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday.
Donate your old fridge:
Phoenix Fridges collect fridges in any condition. They recycle, repair and retrofit donated fridges to make them more energy and cost efficient or decommission those that are not able to be used. Call 1300 366 283 or visit Phoenix Fridges to book a collection.
Give away or buy art materials at low cost:
Reverse Art Truck Inc. is a non-profit organisation that collects rejects, seconds and factory off cuts for distribution to schools, early learning centres, community groups and individuals. They are located in Ringwood and Cranbourne.
Online: share items with others in your local community:
Other places to buy or donate your items:
Opportunity shops and recycled clothing stores:
Search Yellow Pages using key words such as ‘recycled clothing’, ‘recycled clothing opportunity shop’.
Other ways to sell your items:
- Hold a garage sale.
- Hold an online auction on Ebay, Trading Post, Gumtree or SwapAce.
- Have a stall at local markets.
- Post your items for sale in community newspapers or noticeboards.
- Place a classified advertisement in the Trading Post or other newspapers.