Unusual finds at the Tip Top Shop

Sex toys turn up in recycled trash and treasures

NOTHING excites Tip Top Shop employee Laura Cook more than a new load of thrown-out goods.

The local mother has been working at the recycling shop for three months and says she loves turning trash into treasure.

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"My best friend Mandy, myself and the boys at the checkpoint go through the utes every couple of days and as we rummage through the stuff I get really excited," she said.

"You never know what you're going to find. Sometimes it's a snake tank with the skin still in it, other times it's jewellery and overseas money, which is crazy."

But Mrs Cook said by far the weirdest thing she found in the recycling was sex toys.

"When you find them you just think to yourself, 'What the?' I always have a laugh and question who would want a used toy," she said.

TRASH TO TREASURE: Tip Top Shop employee Laura Cook loves the endless array of knick-knacks that come through the door.
TRASH TO TREASURE: Tip Top Shop employee Laura Cook loves the endless array of knick-knacks that come through the door. Mike Richards

Since Cyclone Marcia hit, however, Mrs Cook said the only items making their way to the shop were things destroyed in the wet.

"The whole point of this project is to reduce and reuse," she said.

"People just love to come in and tinker with things so that they can work again."

And the shop has its regular customers.

"There's John, who looks for mowers every day, and my favourite Greek couple, who, when the husband takes too long looking, gets in trouble by the wife and she goes and sits in the car."

These regulars are just some of the 90-odd customers Mrs Cook gets through the doors each day.

"Yesterday was my biggest sale yet - an aluminium crane bar for $75 - which all up made for total day's takings of $600."

TOP FIVE SELLERS:

  • Lawn mowers
  • Steel
  • Knick-knacks like candles and vases
  • Books
  • Furniture


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