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Renovation can be recycling - what to keep?

Following from our renovation from July 2010 to January 2011, we asked our obliging builder and his subcontractors to keep several items for us to sell.  We're now close to finishing selling them on Ebay.

If you are about to embark on your own renovation we strongly suggest you consider an arrangement with your builder to do the same, and if you can provide a secure storage place where the items can be left. (Although not in our case, there may be leftover construction materials that your builder is happy to leave for you to use or sell, if it is less hassle than the builder removing them.)

So far we've sold the following items, all removed or left over from our renovation and extension:

  • rangehood
  • oven
  • spare heating ceiling outlet
  • bag of spare 6" heating ducting
  • adjustable feet from a cabinet
  • oyster ceiling light fitting
  • gas heater.

From the above items we've made well over $500 in one month. Some items didn't sell for much (heater ceiling outlet for 99 cents), and others surprised us by what they sold for (bag of heater ducting for $15, and the gas heater for over $300).

We're now selling our old OzDesign couches, since replaced with our new King Furniture ones.

Selling secondhand items on Ebay, or elsewhere, is in fact recycling.  If the hassle of selling is too much, there also options like Freecycle.  Freecycle is exactly free recycling - no payments allowed.  You advertise an item and the first respondent gets it for free.  The only hassle is the slow registration process, requiring human intervention by a moderator, and then their incredibly strict advertising guidelines, even down to following their protocol for how items are described.  The Cheltenham freecycle group is here.

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