Hello and welcome!
What is The Junk Map?
Your guide to Australian businesses that sell or rework secondhand goods.
Your go-to reference for recycled inspiration and ideas.
We help you find:
– Recycled materials for renovation and building projects (eg. recycled timber, bricks)
– Salvaged architectural features (eg. heritage windows, lights, fireplaces)
– Funky upcycled furniture and artworks
– Secondhand furniture and homewares
– Talented craftspeople who accept custom-made work
– Inspirational homes and projects that make the most of used or repurposed elements
We don’t cover:
– Recycled or vintage clothing
– General op shops such as Salvos and Vinnies
How does The Junk Map save you time?
Searching for used stuff can be time consuming.
We can help you find the right businesses to visit and the right people to contact.
The Junk Map business pages include plenty of photos and a write-up so you get a feel for the place before you visit. Pages include contact information, open hours, website, prop hire and social media details to reduce your running around time.
Who is behind The Junk Map?
Some people see an old object as it is. Others see what it could be. I’m one of the second group and ever since my uni days, living away from home on a tight budget, I’ve found op shops and salvage yards a wonderful source of treasure and inspiration.
Junk-style decorating is well established overseas and here in Australia we are seeing a swing towards recycled building materials and upcycled homewares among architects and designers. So much character and irreplaceable history can be saved and reworked to fit beautifully into a modern lifestyle. This site is my way of highlighting what is possible (see Junk Map inspiration), and showing you where to find it.
How did I get here? Journalism degree…graphic designer for nearly 20 years…mother…blogger…ongoing internet marketing student. Tracking down amazing old stuff and inventive craftspeople is my dream job.
I hope The Junk Map takes you on some memorable adventures and introduces you to some imaginative Australians.
Thanks for visiting and come back soon. I will be working hard to make sure there is always something new to explore.
PS. If you’re keen to add your business please visit the Join The Junk Map page.