The national Garage Sale Trail – an event where thousands of garage sales will take place on April 10 – has officially launched in Sydney.
Powered by 27 local councils spreading the message of sustainability, creativity and community The Garage Sale Trail happens all over Australia on April 10.
It is free to participate in the Garage Sale Trail. Garage sale hosts are invited to log onto the Garage Sale Trail website and register their sale on the online map. The first Garage Sale took place in Bondi in May 2010 and has gone national in response to popular demand.
"The first Garage Sale was a big success not only because it was a good way to meet your neighbours but it also saved tonnes of useful things from going to landfill," said the Wallabies captain Rocky Elsom.
"Everybody knows they have things of value that they don't need and giving them a second life and getting paid for it on a fun day is a good concept," says Elsom.
"This is a real community event, so we’re encouraging people to join-up with their neighbours, local club, church or mates to host a sale – it’s a great way of decluttering your cupboards and making a little extra pocket money," said Garage Sale Trail director Darryl Nicholls.
For shoppers, bagging the perfect bargain is as simple as following the trail map on the day. If you’re looking for something in particular you can log onto www.garagesaletrail.com.au and browse the registered garage sales by postcode or by item.
In some areas, the Garage Sale Trail Map will even be printed in the local paper. "I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on what’s on the Garage Sale Tail Map," said TV presenter on The Circle, Yumi Stynes.
"I’ll be on the hunt for some bargains – especially vintage clothes and bits and pieces for the kids," she says.
"At it’s heart the Garage Sale Trail is about celebrating community, promoting sustainability and culture in a way that’s fun and inclusive. We’re also giving people the opportunity to use the event as a way to raise a little money and are encouraging everyone to donate 10 per cent of their taking from the day to Keep Australia Beautiful," adds (director) Nicholls.
The Garage Sale Trail is a collaborative project that brings together people from the not-for-profit, business, government, art and culture, community, music and sports sectors.