Goodbye to one-off, costly equipment

Tools N Things Library opens in WA

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Need to borrow a tool? Why not go to this library.

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WHY BUY WHEN YOU CAN BORROW? Committee members Rex Breheny, Helen Ingman and James Chapman show off some wares.

WHY BUY WHEN YOU CAN BORROW? Committee members Rex Breheny, Helen Ingman and James Chapman show off some wares.

Nailed it! A tool library in Leederville has taken off since opening its doors in September 2020.

From angle grinders to circular saws, the Tools N Things Library offers the chance to borrow items that might only be needed a few times instead of having to go out and buy them.

The not-for-profit organisation seeks to reduce consumption by creating a circular economy built on sharing.

"Sharing instead of buying reduces or even eliminates waste in so many ways," volunteer Carole Wallace said.

"Many people live in apartments or have downsized and just don't have the space for things that they only use occasionally.

"Tools N Things can fill that gap when the occasional need for that long-forsaken gadget arises."

Apart from tools large and small, available items also include camping gear, a sewing machine, popcorn maker, pie maker and even a walking aid.

Members have unlimited borrowing rights. Annual membership is $75 and $60 concession.

A three-month trial membership is available for $30.

"It's a lot cheaper than buying all the stuff necessary for one-off jobs, renovations and parties," Carole said.

Located in the Turnstile Building, 41 Britannia Road, Leederville, the library is open 4-6pm Wednesdays and 10am-2pm Saturdays.

Click here for more information.

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