When the Open Shed team are out and about, we often get the question “what’s the most unusual item you’ve ever had on Open Shed?” We’ve never really had anything super strange (no dungeon shackles, dinosaur bones or dodge ‘em cars we’re afraid!) but we have some things you won’t find easily in other rental hire situations.
So here they are, in no particular order. The little bit of cool, kooky and the unusual you can discover on Open Shed!
A pair of Medical Astrology text books
These books are used in astrology to diagnose illness and provide counselling services through doing a complete birth chart. Expensive, and only for those who know how to do a complete astrology chart, both books are hard to find and extremely useful for students of astrology who want to take their studies to the next level.
Doggy Trekking Equipment
Any keen outdoor enthusiast who loves their dog will appreciate these two items. Fido can help carry things when you’re trekking through the bush with his very own dog backpack (his packed lunch maybe? Spare tennis ball?) and we also have a dog life jacket for doggy’s that might be a little too adventurous or need that extra helping paw when having a swim.
Animal Costume Onesie
Is the office suit getting you a little down? Looking for a cool way to spice things up a little? Then have we got the listing for you! Why not go dressed as a flying fox, cow or frog? Perfect for parties or simply freaking out the neighbours, you can’t go past the joy an animal costume onesie can bring. Available in 12 funky animal flavours.
Laser Cutter Machine
Perfect for those nights where playing Bond villain is the only option, we have a laser cutting machine available for hire. Actually, on a more serious note, this is an extremely helpful device for cutting all kinds of materials quickly and easily- and it comes with the assistance of a fully qualified assistant. For the fraction of the cost of some rental companies, this laser cutting machine is a real gem.
Support the band, sell that feminism or keep the kids amused- the choice is yours with a badge maker. One of our most popular items, the badge maker creates beautiful badges for all kinds of needs quickly and easily.
Dancing up a Storm
Dancing materials are starting to pop up quite a lot on Open Shed. Forget tummy tucks, you can boogie your way to belly happiness with a belly dancing DVD.
Or if bringing a little bit of tapper, tapper into your day, why not try these tap shoes? Great for the dance floor, awesome at the bus stop.
A DJ Console
Beyond air guitar, there is probably nothing cooler than being a DJ, which is why having an actual DJ console on Open Shed is so very awesome! “Hey DJ, keep playing that song” could be what the crowd yells to you at your very next party.
Marlena the Mannequin
She was once used as an eBay model, attracted the affections of a confused young man and now lives out her days as part of a lounge room art installation. She is available for hire for dress making or eBay clothing shoots, or if you feel like hanging out with someone a little ‘armless.
Wind up Gramophone
What’s that you say? Need an awesome music player for a 1920’s costume party? Then baby, have we got something for you! We have an awesome wind up gramophone on the site, ready and waiting to break out the tunes at your next Great Gatsby party.
Beer keg Fridge
All of these words alone are awesome- together, they are simply amazing. Hire this now and be your own Beer Baron!
These would be the items we would class as the most unusual out of the almost 500 items available on Open Shed. Have you got something in your shed or cupboard that could top these? Why not list it today?
Want to do something cool, green and oh so mum friendly this Mother’s Day? Great! Open Shed have the right stuff for you!
Say bye, bye to the DIY list
Are there little things about the house and garden that could really do with some attention? Or are there nice things like a bird feeder or new home-made planters that would get your Mum suitably pleased?
You can avoid the headache (and the wallet rinsing) associated with a trip to the hardware store with Open Shed. We’ve got lots of tools available for rent including what appears to be a whole shed’s worth with Paul in Pascoe Vale.
Keep the kids entertained
Sometimes the best present you can give any Mum is a day of kids entertained and playing happily together. Nothing stops bored, fighting and plain cranky kids in their tracks like a new activity. That’s why renting this super sized collection of Leggo or a collection of board games could be just the ticket!
Fun for all ages, playing together as a family for the afternoon is bound to put a smile on Mum’s face.
Host a Family BBQ
Bringing the family together for a bit of fresh air and renting a BBQ is a lovely idea. Not only does Mum not have to worry about dinner, it’s a great excuse to get everyone together to have a proper family chat. Nice!
Have a dance
Dancing with the whole family? Why not! Imagine the fun of popping on a belly dancing DVD, or learning to dance a couple of styles, and getting everyone together for a bit of a giggle as you learn how to get your groove on?
The great thing too is that no matter the weather outside, Mum is sure to have a great time- and may even rekindle or discover a new hobby in the process!
Mum’s have a great memory for the many milestones of their kids lives. Why not enjoy that trip down memory lane as you make a family photo collage?
You can scan those precious photos to make new, digital versions while also making sure they are preserved for all times.
It’s a great way to get both Mum and Dad remembering the fun times the kids may not while creating something together to keep.
When it comes to Mother’s Day, the thought truly does count. Don’t forget too, if you have big plans and need something special to make it happen, you can post a Wanted on Open Shed.
What are you planning to do with your Mum this Mother’s Day?
Over the last couple of months we’ve been working hard on a brand new digital magazine format for Ideas Hoist which we think you’re going to love.
It’s almost ready so if you’d like to be one of the first to get access just click the picture above or go to http://hello.ideashoist.com.au.
Of course we’d love it if you shared with friends and helped spread the word about Australians making ideas happen!
Did you catch Lisa chatting to Ideas Hoist?
One of the best ways to get organised for the year ahead is to do a bit of decluttering and it seems many of you have been busy in January doing just that! I’ve noticed on Facebook and LinkedIn a number of requests for ideas about how to make sure that your no longer needed stuff is going to someone who needs it, or at the very least not to landfill.
So I thought I would share a couple of sites that I know and I hope you will add, in the comments, any services or sites that you can recommend.
Givit: an online matching service that connects you with trusted charities. Charities let Givit know what they need. Givit places it on the Givit List and you can easily see what is needed and by whom.
Dressed for Success: provides free clothing, styling and presentation skills to women wanting to enter or return to the workforce; or needing good clothes to present themselves well at an important life event. Donate your preloved workwear and make a real difference to another woman’s life.
Mattresses, they’re one of those really annoying things to dispose of. I guess that’s why they are the most common item put out for Council collection and why almost 1.25 million end up in Australian landfill each year. So I was really excited to learn about Soft Landing at the NSW Green Globes (they were a finalist) last year. It’s a Mission Australia mattress recycling and refurbishment social enterprise. I can’t help but think its cool that an old mattress could become a boxing bag!
Our friends at Ziilch also do a great job of helping you get your no longer needed stuff to people that have use for it.
If you are in Sydney The Bower also offers a fantastic Reuse Referral Service. They keep a database of over 1000 organisations, charities and institutions who will repair, reuse and resell your unwanted goods, keeping them out of landfill. You can call 9568 6280 Monday - Friday and The Bower staff will help you find a new home for all your no longer needed stuff. Awesome!
And with floods and fires sweeping Australia today its seems a good time to quickly comment on disaster giving. From all that I read donating money is the best way to help out, as the storing and transporting of donated goods is just an added expense for the charities involved. One exception to this that I have found is the Givit Flood Appeal. They are currently running a flood relief program, so you can donate practical items such as sunscreen/repellant, supermarket gift cards, new underwear/socks….
Do you know of a great site or service that distributes or is looking for second hand items? Please share it below.
2012 was a big year for Open Shed. With lots of highs and lows we certainly were on the startup rollercoster
Before 2012 fades away to be replaced by what is going to be an even bigger and busier 2013 for Open Shed, I thought it would useful to do a little recap…
January / February / March We started to the year house sitting in Hervey Bay. Lovely location to worry about the very sloooow start to the year.
On the bright side it was awesome to be the February edition of Choice AND Voyeur (the Virgin inflight Magazine)!
April / May Six weeks housesitting in Melbourne saw us catching up a heap of Melbourne collaborative consumption businesses. Great to meet face to face after so much online interaction.
Lisa headed up to Sydney for The Garage Sale Trail on the village green at the City Quarter complex in Camperdown
And we got to learn so much from our first survey!
June / July
We were very lucky to snag a 6 months house sit in Sydney!
Duncan was kept busy with a major upgrade to the home page and you helped us come up with the new Open Shed tagline - Why buy when you can share?
And we commenced our hectic 3 month incubation with Ignition Labs!
August Lisa maintained her goal of writing a weekly post about Ignition Labs for two weeks! (Week 3 and 4)
The Open Shed team takes a Sunday off to do the City to Surf!
Lisa headed to the CBA Women in Focus Conference in Noosa with 120 awesome business women and shared the Open Shed story as part of the start up panel!
September Open Shed is the WINNER of the Business- Small category at the first Green Lifestyle Magazine’s Green Awards!
Two days before we head off to the US (yes, I am crazy!) Lisa organises the first Australian gathering of Collaborative Consumption businesses and organisations. It was an awesome turn out to hear Rachel Botsman speak and have the opportunity to meet and mingle with so many likeminded people.
October The first two weeks were a blur of activity in the US!
We then needed the rest of the of the month to recover…
November Lisa spoke at her first conference - Thriving Neighbourhoods
We introduced one click listings to help our busy Open Shedders get their stuff listed quickly and easily.
December Honestly it is already a blur of parties, events and catching up with family. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Most popular rental item of the year: Cate’s Badge Maker in Melbourne
*A big thank you to talented ladies at LifeTyped for our gorgeous Christmas image and message
At the recent Thriving Neighbourhoods conference in Melbourne one of the speakers on the the final panel commented that planners of future thriving neighbourhoods need to ensure that they create opportunities for “small moments of personal contact” between neighbours and community members.
For the speaker these small moments happen now when he goes walking along a bush track near his home. Each person he passes acknowledges him in some way - be it a “Good Morning”, a nod of the head or a smile.
Do these small moments happen in your neighbourhood? Where? At the local dog park? Or playground? Your community garden?
*Photo: great sign at the Altona doggy beach!
Got one of the items below? No need to worry about taking photos or writing a description. Simply list in one click!
Work - Lawn mower, Trailer, Pressure cleaner, Chainsaw, Whipper snipper
Play - Tent, Bike, Kayak, Surfboard, Golf clubs
Live - iPad, Sewing machine, Stroller, Roof box, Trestle table
We know that our Open Shedders are busy people, so we wanted to make listing your idle stuff on Open Shed as quick and easy as possible.
We’ve also done our research and know that these are popular rental items that are regularly searched for. So what are you waiting for, get quick listing now!!