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Reporter: Graeme Butler

Margaret Fort is Perth's Quokka Queen.. if it's cheap, free or in need of some elbow grease - she'll grab it. "The secret's are having a little time and a little patience and find out where to do it" We've asked Margaret to furnish two rooms in a house for next to nothing - and we mean next to nothing... no more than $200 for both rooms. "Margaret the challenge here is to furnish this place for next to nothing can you do it? wow what a challenge I'm looking forward to it you're going to see something magic"

Margaret's going to furnish this lounge area from top to toe - she's also going to fit out this room as a baby nursery... Margaret sets off to find what ever she can - with collector cam in hand. - road side clearances, garage sales, op shops.. The big ticket item in the search is the lounge suite and Margaret spies that on the side of the road.

"Margaret how have you gone with the hunt - Oh Graeme oh awesome amazing finds I think you're going to be very surprised and so are your viewers - Ready to go? Absolutely - transform the room lets go" "Margaret this looks absolutely extraordinary doesn't it thankyou yes I'm surprised and excited myself lets talk about the lounge to start with because that's an extraordinary pickup, that was free yes of course" Margaret turned an old lamp into something new - she covered the shade with fabric from a dress, "so the lamp all up how much did that cost $16"

"This print is what's created the theme for the whole room I didn't know where I was going I had the Black Lounge suite then when I found this we knew it was oriental $40 at good sammies this is the most expensive part of the whole scenario" So the stand and plinth were $8 - $40 for the print - the two lamps were $4 each the figurines were $10 and the fish ornament to finish off was FREE.

You'd normally expect to pay several hundred dollars for these chrome and leather bar stools.. margaret picked them up for $10 each. So all up for everything that margaret has bought, made and scavenged to furnish this room, everything you see here was $191.20. Margaret says "it was really a challenge getting it as close to free as possible I'm not normally a person who goes on verge pick ups but this time we knew that's where we'd have to get some of the items but truly but truly garage sales are still my favourite"

Now it's the nursery - same deal - furnish it for next to nothing. The nursery exceeded expectations... the entire spend almost next to nothing. "All the furniture everything here is free apart from one bag of toys for $8 which was all of thswe toys and this one and Pinnochio and $8 so you've done the entire room for $8.00"

"It was really a challenge getting it as close to free as possible I'm not normally a person who goes on verge pick ups but this time we knew that's where we'd have to get some of the items but truely garage sales are still my favourite place" Margaret says the secret to furnishing your house for next to nothing is sticking to a theme - being prepared to doing some cleaning - recycle and repair - it's money in your pocket. "We'd all love a pay rise wouldn't we okay so instead of thinking about what looking for a pay rise look at what you're saving and you can see today for the few hours that's I've spent probably $30,000"

Margaret Fort's website

www.imageupdate.com.au