From trash to treasured items: Garage Sale Trail

Louis Branford and his daughter Louie Owen with some of their creations. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d444488
Louis Branford and his daughter Louie Owen with some of their creations. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d444488

A MINDARIE father and daughter will be selling furniture and homewares made from throwaway items during this month’s Garage Sale Trail.

Louie Owen said she and her father Louis Branford started creating furniture from items found in bulk rubbish piles about two years ago.

“Dad and I decided to start playing around in the garage; he had always been into woodwork,” she said.

Mrs Owen said initially it was just an interest, but they then started selling their creations – such as coffee tables made from vinyl records or washing machine drums – at markets and Tip2Treasure was born.

“Anything that has been discarded that we think can be reused again, we will try repurpose it,” she said.

“We take washing machines, then we strip them and the stainless steel drum; we turn them into a coffee table.”

Mrs Owen said they repurposed bed slats as table legs and used glass doors of front-loaders as bowls in tables.

“That turns into a coffee table or a little Esky because you can put ice into the bowl as a sink,” she said.

“We made tables out of old pallets.”

Mrs Owen said they also transformed old children’s chairs or stools by inserting dog bowls in the seats.

“We have custom-made a few of those; the little puppy has a custom-made food bowl,” she said.

Recycled creations include candleholders made from old light fittings, coat hooks from golf clubs and horseshoes turned into pot stands.

The pair will open Mr Branford’s garage to buyers on October 24 for the Garage Sale Trail, but also hope to inspire others to repurpose items.

“It can change somebody else’s idea of not throwing things away,” Mrs Owen said.