IT'S one of Cooma's hidden gems, tucked away at the Cooma Landfill a few kilometres out of town, where you can find all kinds of treasure amongst the trash, so to speak.
The Scapmart is a second hand buyback facility where items, everything from dvds and players, cutlery, picture frames, jewellery and tables, that were destined for the landfill are saved and given a new home or new purpose.
In Cooma, the facility opened four years ago in an old shed and outdoor area near the entrance of the tip.
It has now become so popular, Cooma-Monaro Shire Council has funded an extension of the 'shop'. Work started a few months ago, by Up She Goes Sheds, with a new verandah space already completed for what will be the new entrance of the store.
It will be used as an education area for school and community excursions.
In coming weeks the undercover space will be extended and the inside will be remodelled giving it a 'department store' feel, council's manager of resource and waste Jeff Tate said.
"We are able to do this because of the success we have had with it," he said.
"It will be like a little mini department store set up."
The shop opened in June 2009 after it was realised some of the items people were taking to the tip for landfill could be reused and recycled.
Now, people line up at the gates on a Saturday afternoon waiting for the shop to open, to see what new treasures they might be able to find.
Mr Tate said he had been surprised by the success of the facility.
"Items are changing all the time.
"Now we have a wishlist of what people might be looking for and if it comes in we can put it aside."
All electrical items are checked and tagged before being sold, and cutlery is washed. Anything that is too dirty is not sold on and nothing is salvaged from the tip, it is taken to the shop before going to landfill.
The facility is so well patronised that it has become self sufficient with all money going back into the shop.
"It's not there to make money. It's priced to sell and there to keep things out of landfill," Mr Tate said.
The Scrapmart is open every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm.
It will be closed on November 2 and November 9 while finishing touches are put on the new look store.
The new look Scrapmart will be unveiled on November 16.