The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre is an environmental charity where second-hand comes first.
Established in 1997, The Bower is committed to reducing waste going to landfill by accepting donations of furniture, building materials, bikes, books and household goods, and re-selling at very low prices to benefit all members of the community.
The Bower encourages creative reuse of items through an in-store consignment program featuring upcycled goods, and repair of items through educating people how to repair, restore and refinish furniture.
A repair café, the first in Australia, operates at Marrickville every Wednesday 1pm – 4pm and on the last Saturday of every month at Parramatta 10am – 12pm. You can bring your dodgy electrical items, wobbly bikes or rickety timber furniture along and receive free assistance in repairing it at the Repair Café.
The Bower building in Marrickville is Sydney’s first strawbale construction, featuring recycled building materials throughout, and has solar panels and rainwater tanks for providing power and water.
“Fantastic service and wonderful really helpful people – thank you bower for giving my furniture etc another life and keeping it of the tip” Marion Mckeough
“I always happen to find just what I’m looking for at The Bower. I love visiting!!” Alicia Fox
“Staff are always friendly, and the place is a rabbit warren of treasures and junk (depending on what you’re looking for)” Sharon Kitching