Millions of Bargains Up for Grabs on the Trail


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This Saturday October 22 will see over 400,000 Australians hitting the streets in search of a bargain for the national Garage Sale Trail. It is expected that over $10 million worth of second-hand wares will be up for sale at 15,000 garage sales and stalls across the country.

An award-winning community and sustainability event, Garage Sale Trail continues to grow each year and sees people give their unwanted belongings a new lease of life on one big day of buying and selling in communities across the nation.

While keen shoppers can expect to find a trove of pre-loved finds including clothing, furniture, books and vintage treasures, Garage Sale Trail co-founder Darryl Nichols says there’s also some weird and wonderful items to be discovered on the Trail.

“This year we’ve certainly seen some pretty unexpected things up for sale. There’s a yacht from The Great Gatsby, Greg Norman’s giant mechanical shark that featured in the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics, a miniature cow and seven life-sized Dr Who mannequins. Just to name a few of the quirkier items that have been listed for sale!”

Beyond discovering a unique bargain or making some extra cash, Garage Sale Trail co-founder Andrew Valder says that garage sales can also be a way to bring communities together and help save the environment.

“With almost 3 million items expected to be up for sale, we’re helping to reuse a whole lot of second-hand stuff that may have just been thrown out otherwise. Taking part in a garage sale is also a great way to meet the neighbours, with 63% of last year’s participants saying they felt more connected to their local community after the event.”

Garage Sale Trail will see households, businesses, community groups and schools coming together to host garage sales. Many Australians are hosting entire street garage sales, community sales and also car boot and suitcase sales.

Now in its sixth year, Garage Sale Trail has grown from one event in Sydney to a national day supported by over 150 local councils. Through engaging communities around Australia to host and shop at garage sales, the initiative aims to promote reuse, waste education and community building.

“Buying or selling at a garage sale is one of those simple acts we can all do as part of a range of behaviours that lead to a more sustainable lifestyle. Taking part in Garage Sale Trail is a celebration of being conscious that we can all make a difference to the plight of our planet.”

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