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Bargain-hunt heaven

Saturday, 31st May, 2014

Lifeline store manager Angela Fitzpatrick with one of her favourite pieces, a 1940s radiogram.  PICTURE: Nick Gibbs Lifeline store manager Angela Fitzpatrick with one of her favourite pieces, a 1940s radiogram. PICTURE: Nick Gibbs

By Nick Gibbs

Stepping back to a time of craftsmanship and quality has been a welcome change for Lifeline employee Angela Fitzpatrick.

The manager of the second hand store at the city tip has used her month or so in the position to begin promoting the importance of sustainable living.

“I’ve always thought it was a pretty cool place,” she said. “I saw it advertised and just went ‘I want that job.’”

Ms Fitzpatrick said the beauty of it was in the many people who benefited.

Not only does it provide an way for the less fortunate to get affordable necessities, all profits go back into the local community and the goods are often saved from ending up in landfill.

“It’s not a job, it’s a passion and a lifestyle,” she said.

Since beginning mid last year, the store has attracted a treasure trove of items, some saved from landfill and others donated as word spreads.

From crystal glassware and retro fridges to classic vinyl and antique furniture, it’s paradise for those who know a bargain.  

“Everyone comes in and says my grandma has this or my grandpa had that,” Ms Fitzpatrick said, listing a radiogram dating back to the late 1940s among her favourite pieces to come through the doors.

With a Diploma in Arts and history teaching both privately and through the local TAFE, her taste can be trusted.

The former Zinc Mine Fitter and Turner, Sydney real estate agent and chef said of her varied background that she felt most at home in her current role.

Varied types are nothing unusual at the store, with volunteers ranging from nurses to retired train engineers.

Former truckie and removalist Bill Dart is one recent recruit who, along with his wife Jen, has been offering his time and expertise.

“They were a bit short of labour and I was happy to help out,” he said.

Mr Dart said he was amazed by the amount of quality goods that came through; so much so workers often had to exercise restraint.

“My ambition is to keep Jenny away from things,” he laughed.

The store has a marked drop off zone as drivers enter the tip where goods can be left and a pickup service is available for items to be donated.

Due to the amount of stock, a fire sale will be held this weekend where most of the already well priced goods will be marked down by 50 percent-plus.

Ms Fitzpatrick is encouraging everyones to come down from 9am-3pm today and 9am-12pm on Sunday to find a bargain.

New volunteers are also welcome. For more information drop into the store or phone 8087 3077.

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