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By ninemsn staff
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Air date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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Meet the king of treasure hunting, Lucas Callaghan, as he shows us how to find footpath treasures and separate the scrap from the spoils. As antique and retro furniture regains popularity, you may even find there are valuable items gathering dust in your garage.

Rubbish night isn't just about getting rid of stuff, for cluey consumers collecting what the neighbours throw out is a cheap and easy way to redecorate.

Tips for a successful treasure hunt

Have actual items in mind: Don't just take something on the basis that it's free or cheap. Knowing exactly what's needed will help you focus your search and will ensure you don't collect useless items.

What works for your home?: Knowing what will look good or what can be jazzed up to look even better in your homes, is essential. Make sure you take things that will match your furniture, or can be made to fit in easily, and the look you are aiming for in your home.

Know when to look : Call your local council or check out their website to learn more about their collection policy. Ask when they collect hard waste.

Suburbs to approach: Experts say it's best to target upmarket suburbs on collection night.

Try Toorak and Port Melbourne in Victoria; Taroona and Sandy Bay in Tasmania are the best places to approach; Kensington and Hawthorn in South Australia are worth a look; Peppermint Grove and Cottesloe are the best picks for Western Australia; the top end's best are Stuart Pak and Fannie Bay; Redhill and Deakin are your best bets in the ACT; try Cleveland and the valley in Queensland; and take a stroll through the streets of Bellevue Hill, Paddington and Mosman in Sydney.

Pick up costs: If an item takes you several hours to pick up and bring home plus the cost of hiring a small truck, is it really worth it? Be careful that you don't throw free out the window by having to spend a lot of getting the item home.

Know your limits: Understand that if you have to renovate an item, the cost should be factored in. It might be a good idea to set a budget on how much you are prepared to spend on things like fixing an item so you can discard it if the costs are too high.

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