Luka, Rookie and Peter Robertson will be saying goodbye next month as Lismore Recycled Building Materials in South Lismore closes down.
Luka, Rookie and Peter Robertson will be saying goodbye next month as Lismore Recycled Building Materials in South Lismore closes down. Cathy Adams

Everything must go in final sale

NOW is the time to act if you are looking for a bargain on secondhand building materials such as windows, doors and kitchens or even score a grand piano or a South American bobcat skin from 1880.

Lismore Recycled Building Materials is closing on June 16 and to use a well-recycled phrase - everything must go.

The business has been at the Taylor St location for seven years but with costs rising, a general slowdown in the building industry and a scarcity of stock, owners Peter Robertson, daughter, Luka and son Rookie have decided to get out while they are ahead.

"It's much harder to get materials these days," Luka Robertson said.

"It's quicker for demolishers to knock buildings over and crush it all up and put it in the landfill than it is to deconstruct it and sell it."

On top of all this, the Robertsons failed to renegotiate a new lease with their landlord.

"It just got complicated and messy," Ms Robertson said.

"One of the best things about this business is being able to work with my Dad; he makes it fun."

Mr Robertson was profoundly deaf for 20 years but has regained his hearing over the past seven years thanks to two cochlear ear implants.

"It changed my life completely. I used to completely rely on lip reading," he said.

"I had to learn what all the sounds were."

Ms Robinson is looking forward to taking a break after working seven days a week for the past 11 years.

"I like meeting the customers and being involved in their projects," she said.

"So we also want to say thanks to all our customers."

But there are one or two things Mr Robertson will not be selling in the closing down sale.

One is the 150m of flooring from the Brisbane Festival Hall stage that he managed to save from the crusher 10 years ago.



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