6 December 2021

Bargains galore at University of Canberra's new online thrift store

| Katrina Condie
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The ThriftyUC secondhand shop has gone digital, with students invited to join the new online group on the Rosella Street marketplace. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

From textbooks to secondhand clothing, University of Canberra students can now save money and help save the planet via their very own online buy, swap and sell platform.

An extension of the popular ThriftyUC opportunity shop, the online group was recently launched on Rosella Street’s eco-focused marketplace.

From study notes and exercise partners, to help moving, or a call out for people to help with a hobby project … if students need something or have a problem, they can also post a ‘shout out’ to the ThriftyUC online community.

Members can make some money by posting goods for sale, reduce landfill by donating their unwanted clothing, books and furniture, or even renting items such as tools for special projects or research.

ThriftyUC group organiser Andrew Giumelli says UCX – the home of clubs and societies at the University of Canberra – is always looking for new and exciting initiatives that will benefit students.

As well as offering a place for the students to help each other find what they need, the ThriftyUC group is helping the environment by recycling and reducing landfill – and a bush food tree is planted by Rosella Street in the remote Aboriginal community of Buymarr in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory for every sale.

The Buymarr project reduces carbon dioxide, provides nutrition, supports passing on knowledge and helps build a happy and healthy community.

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“When approached by Rosella Street about the group function, this seemed like an opportunity to create a space to promote sustainable practices and a sharing community in a safe and secure way,” he said.

“Other platforms have been used in the past, and these have had their positives and negatives, but Rosella Street provides a fresh take on this.

“UCX is looking forward to the growth of ThriftyUC to serve our whole UC community as a hub of sharing and sustainability.”

Andrew says the new group is gaining popularity among students, with secondhand clothing a big winner.

“We have had a good uptake of the platform and lots of interest in the initiative,” he said.

“We expect it to continue to grow.”


Students love the ThriftyUC store, and now they can buy, swap and sell via the Rosella Street online marketplace as well. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

ThriftyUC is for anyone in the UC community to buy, swap, sell, give and rent any secondhand items.

By joining the group, Andrew says students will help build a stronger online community and promote sustainable practices.

Home to community trading groups all over Australia, Rosella Street offers a safe and sustainable online marketplace for conscious consumers, with ID verification, two-way experience ratings and a secure payment system.

Join ThriftyUC and grab a bargain, form your own online community group and check out how Rosella Street can help you help the planet.

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