The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre puts second-hand first

Retro. Vintage. Unique: Jan Walter, coordinator of The Bower’s online store, with a selection of items available.
Retro. Vintage. Unique: Jan Walter, coordinator of The Bower’s online store, with a selection of items available.

The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre at Marrickville is putting second-hand first via their revamped online store.

The Bower’s online store has been made possible via a six-month grant from Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC). 

With 10 councils within the SSROC region, including Bayside and Sutherland Shire councils signed up to The Bower’s Collection & Rehoming Service  (Georges River Council is not a signatory to the program), the online store is an additional avenue for The Bower to find new homes for second-hand items. 

‘‘Sydneysiders are keen to rehome items that are too good to throw away but sometimes struggle with how to do that,’’ said Hazel Storey from SSROC.

‘‘The Bower online store will help make it easy. It’s good for the environment and good for the back pocket.”

Guido Verbist, The Bower’s general manager, said the new website was distinctive.

‘‘While there are many online platforms for selling collectable, rare or unique items, we wanted to re-create the eclectic feel of The Bower via our own online store,’’ Verbist said. 

At the online store shoppers will find everything from collectable china to vintage hand tools, antique radiograms to 1970’s vinyl, books, kitchen appliances, furniture and bike parts. 

‘‘With more and more donations arriving daily, we wanted to reach that wider audience and show the range and quality of goods available at very affordable prices.’’

  • Visit store.bower.org.au for more details.

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