One man’s old Beatles T-shirt could be another woman’s new outfit staple – or so goes the philosophy of the team behind the annual Garage Sale Trail.
The project’s founder, Andrew Valder, says one garage sale on its own doesn’t do much, but when the whole country gets involved the impacts are huge. He says, on average, a garage sale can re-house up to 250 kilograms of stuff. That equates to a potential four million kilograms of clothing and household items saved from landfill by the annual event.
Valder and his friend Darryl Nichols started the Garage Sale Trail in 2010 in Bondi as a community project called Sizzle. The event took off and now 146 councils are involved, 400,000 Australians attend and, this year, up to 15,000 garage sales are expected, with around two million items up for sale. The event won a NSW Government Green Globe Award and has inspired the equally successful Garage Sale Trail UK.
Attendees can find new and pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories; furniture, books and household items; and artwork and jewellery – or simply get to meet the neighbours.
To register your garage sale and find out more visit garagesaletrail.com.au.