The good news is all that treasure you loved finding at the tip hasn't disappeared - it has just become more organised and abundant. Brisbane City Council has done all the hard work to ensure good things don't end up buried in landfill. When residents make a trip to one of Brisbane's four tips, they are told any item which can be reused, refurbished or find a new home is to be kept aside so it can skip the tip and end up in the council's tip shops. Open every weekend, the tip shops are every collector, renovator and fossicker's dream destination and should be visited by every Brisbane resident at least once in their life. With one at Geebung and one at Acacia Ridge , both sides of the river are covered. If you want to visit both in one day, take the trash and treasure trail, which starts and ends at a tip shop and takes in some of Brisbane's indie junk and retro havens along the way. It even includes some recommended cafes for breakfast and lunch or refreshments and even a brewery has been thrown in the mix. This northside Aladdin's cave of retro and recycled treasures is the hot spot to find everything from household furnishings and unique collectables to toys, sports equipment and books. more Take a detour from Geebung to this Northgate mecca of unusual industrial furniture, colonial building materials (including a huge range of french doors) and unusual decorative items. more Located on a main road of Wilston, this mega barn is a kind of secondhand wonderland packed to the rafters with bargain basement used goods, from furniture to tableware, books to fashion. more Don't be put off by the ramshackle junkyard appearance of what is actually a World War II factory at Salisbury. What lies within is a renovator's dream with everything from old doors to retro light fixtures. more An old Oxley warehouse is the suburb's secret go-to for all manner of vintage clothes, vinyl, home wares, luggage, trinkets and bric-a-brac, with a bonus in-house coffee lounge. more An absolute must visit is this mammoth shed where you'll find everything from boats and bicycles spas to bathtubs, furniture to fashion, homewares to toys and books, DVDs and videos. more And if you're looking for a decent coffee, bite to eat or even a beer whilst on the treasure trail, here are some refuelling suggestions: Laon Cake & Café : A quaint pocket-sized courtyard cafe opposite Geebung Railway Station is open for breakfast and lunch until 4pm on Saturdays.
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