One man’s trash is another’s treasure: Tractor driver discovers the ‘mop bucket’ he scored in a council clean-up is actually a $680 ‘champagne pail’
- Bobcat driver found what appeared to be a mop bucket by the roadside in Perth
- Said it was about a year and a half before they realised bucket’s original purpose
- Noticed the name ‘Maison Martin Margiela’ on the side when cleaning off grease
- $680 champagne pail was found in Dalkeith – one of city’s ritzy riverside suburbs
A tractor driver has discovered the dirty bucket he picked up from a council clean-up is actually a luxury champagne pail worth $680.
The kerbside rummager said they found what appeared to be a stainless steel mop bucket while ‘verging’ in the affluent Perth riverside suburb of Dalkeith.
The collector said they used the bucket for about a year and a half on their property before realising its original purpose.
A kerbside rummager looking for items to collect at a council pick-up struck lucky after initially thinking they had come across a stainless steel mop bucket
‘It’s a nice stainless steel bucket that had been used around our property for many used, with the most recent use being a cleaning bucket for some Bobcat parts,’ they wrote in the Perth Kerbside Collections Facebook group.
‘While I was cleaning the bucket of oil and grease my curiosity was spiked when I noticed the swanky name on the side.’
The rubbish collector said it was only after cleaning the bucket that they realised it was a luxury champagne pail worth hundreds of dollars
The collector shared a photo of the bucket, which clearly had the words ‘Maison Martin Margiela Paris’ engraved on the side.
Maison Martin Margiela – now known simply as Maison Margiela – is a luxury French fashion house known for its high-end clothing, fragrances and home goods.
‘It didn’t take much googling to find out it wasn’t actually a mop bucket but a very expensive designer ice bucket,’ they wrote.
Home design website Remodelista has priced the pail at USD$530 (AUD$680).
‘Amazing what people throw out,’ the tractor driver wrote.
Taking used furniture left on the side of the road for a council collection is common practice in Australia.
The pail can be bought on home design website Remodelista for USD$530 (AUD$680)
Sydneysiders are allowed to take any unwanted item at their own risk while there are no laws preventing Adelaide, Melbourne or Perth residents from salvaging goods.
But if you’re living in Darwin, the junk ‘technically’ belongs to the person who put it there until council kerbside collection.
‘If there is something in a pile that people would like to reuse, as a courtesy they should try to contact the person who put it there to ask if it is OK to take,’ a City of Darwin spokeswoman said in 2018.