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17 January 2008 @ 10:42 pm
Acquisitive urges  
So I need a desk. The black ex-office monstrosity I've been using can't be coaxed into my bedroom, and I need a smaller model. I don't really feel like shelling out $300 for a bit of ikea chipboard veneer, and the salvos are really very, very creepy - they buy the good stuff from other op shops and then mark it up a thousand percent, meaning you have to go there because they have the best selection. My sofas, when I bought them, cost $95 - yet when I got them home and cleaned them, I found the original $5 stickers under the cushions.

My question is this: Does anyone have a hard rubbish collection coming up in their neck of the woods? Or their parents' woods? Councils are very secretive about them, in a highly-non-communistic way, but there's nothing quite like a good hard-rubbish trawl, and desks are a prime item - too big to get rid of easily, and very likely to be victims of the downsizing itch. If you happen upon a pile of washing machines and bicycle inner tubes on a nature strip, let me know.
 
 
 
indigoindigo1 on January 17th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
no hard-rubbish 'round here. we didn't get the usual one last december though, so it may happen soon. i'll let you know.

for op-shops - i recommend the brotherhood's big warehouse on the corner of brunswick road and lygon street, brunswick. unlike the salvos, they do actually keep a stock of cheap stuff out the back for health-care holders who really need it. cashed-up folk get second pick in the shop and pay more, which i reckon is fair enough.
Nicolematcha_pocky on January 17th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
Damn, I've really gotta get me one of those little yellow slips of cardboard. They're magical.
Belleminga on January 17th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
I'm sure that Boroondara council have a pdf of the streets and what date their hard rubbish is, I just can't find it at the moment.
indigoindigo1 on January 18th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
saw a nice blonde-wood desk on the side of the road in brunswick this morning, but it was massive...
Pollyannapollyanna_n on January 18th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
freecycle, put in a request. You will probably get one. Desks come upa ll the time.
Tombletomble on January 18th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
I think you just missed one out Blackburn way.

How big a desk do you need? I may have some surplus office furniture.
Nicolematcha_pocky on January 19th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
Little. Little tiny desk. Just enough space for my legs and maybe some drawers. I'm angling for a beaten-up wooden one with names carved in the top rather than a laminate one with stickers all over it :)

But now it's raining, and all the hard rubbish will be soggy :(
Nicolematcha_pocky on January 20th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
Okay, so it looks like ebay will provide me with a pleasant little reproduction rolltop desk for about $50, or a cheapie pine number for $10, provided I'm willing to drive to Mornington... It might not have that "Free Stuff!" gleam that hard rubbish has, but at least it won't have been extensively rained on :)

Also, dear god, what did they do to that organ? Stripped the bits out and put a sideboard on it like a jaunty hat? I can already hear the Antiques Roadshow guys going "Oh... such a shame..." It's the bit of furniture one would need for one's underground bat-filled-cave letter-writing and internet surfing. You could be all "Where are my biros... MWAAAHAHAHA!"
parakleta on January 19th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
Casey Council
Cranbourne might be a bit out of your way, but we're having ours at the moment and people in the burbs have a lot of big stuff.

http://www.casey.vic.gov.au/hardrubbish/article.asp?Item=11089