My neighbour works at the tip.
Last week a truck arrived from Myer with a whole heap of things that were slightly damaged so wasteful Myer decided to just dump them in landfill. Amongst the stuff my neighbour found 2 bags of costume jewellery.
I looked through the bags and there was a collection of necklaces, earrings and other bits and pieces that were slightly damaged. Rather than donating these to an op shop, art department at a primary school or giving them to some other crafty kid they were all thrown out. Yep. Big department stores love adding stuff to landfill. He sees this happening every week & has even found plasma TV's that work perfectly but were thrown out because of a little dint.
Yay for my lovely neighbour who saved these bags of jewellery and passed them on to me. I pulled them apart to sort out the beads as you can see in the photos. I'll have to make a few brooches and earrings with these now and feel happy that they did not end up in landfill!