Every year, Australians spend oodles of cash buying new stuff at Christmas time. The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre in Marrickville is committed to reducing waste going to landfill by encouraging reuse of everyday items. At The Bower, you’ll find everything you might need for Christmas from extra tables and chairs for dinner party guests, to a refurbished bike for the kids. Or give the gift of knowledge and buy a Bower Gift Voucher for someone to attend a workshop in 2016 – hands-on workshops include basic carpentry, furniture restoration and repair and introductory upholstery.
Their Bowerbirds have put together this guide for The Bower’s 12 Days of an Upcycled Christmas:
1. Upcycled Christmas Trees
2. DIY Christmas Decorations
3. The Great Christmas Baking Schedule
Mmmmmm…….Christmas baking. At The Bower you’ll find all kinds of electrical appliances (checked and tested by their in-house electrical technician) just right for making your Christmas pudding or festive treats.
4. Make it a Cycling Summer
Kids ready for a bigger bike? The Bower has bikes a-plenty as well as all the spare parts to fix up a bike at home. If you need help, bring your bike down to the weekly Repair Café and they will get you back on two wheels in no time.
5. Tricks of the Trade Workshops
Give the gift of knowledge and make someone’s New Year’s Resolution come true with a gift voucher for The Bower’s ‘Tricks of the Trade’ workshops. During 2016 they will again be running introductory workshops on furniture restoration, upholstery and basic carpentry.
It’s a thrill receiving Christmas cards in the mail but displaying them can be tricky. This Christmas tree card holder was made by The Bower using reclaimed timber and clips from old conference lanyards. Or why not get creative with an old bike wheel and bulldog clips?
7. Standing Room Only
If you’ve got an influx of guests for Christmas then pop on down to The Bower. They have tables and chairs aplenty and offer a delivery service!
8. Crikey! It’s Kris Kringle Time
What do you buy for the dreaded office Kris Kringle gift? You’ll find Christmas kitsch galore at The Bower as well as books, CDs and bric-a-brac.
9. Dinner for two……or ten
Avoid disposable plates and cutlery for your Christmas barbeques and parties! The Bower’s bric-a-brac prices are consistently low to make it affordable for everyone. Plates, glassware, cutlery and serving bowls are all here waiting for a new home.
Need a good book to read over summer? Or need some new tunes for your playlist? With a whole section dedicated to books, CDs and old records you’re bound to find something to keep you entertained this summer at The Bower.
11. Summertime……..and the living is outdoors!
If you’re planning a garden tidy-up for summer then The Bower can help you! They have pots, pavers, lattice and garden tools ready for green thumbed gardeners. When the garden’s looking great, take a seat in an outdoor chair to appreciate your hard work. The Bower routinely has outdoor furniture and umbrellas available!
12. Last Minute Gifts? Don’t buy more stuff.
Every year, Australians spend oodles of cash buying new stuff at Christmas time. The Bower encourages everyone to avoid waste by reusing wherever possible. By buying a gift voucher to The Bower you’ll be giving the gift of choice. Gift voucher recipients can use their voucher to buy what they really need and it supports the ongoing work of The Bower as a charity committed to reducing waste going to landfill.
If you are not local to The Bower, why not locate a salvage yard, op shop or second hand store near you and take a trip for your Christmas needs this year