18 October 2017

Turn your trash into treasure on the annual Garage Sale Trail weekend

| Ian Bushnell
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Here’s your chance to throw out those unwanted items cluttering up your place and falling out of the cupboards.

Canberrans are encouraged to register for the annual Garage Sale Trail on this weekend (21 October and 22 October) to reuse household items that might otherwise end up in landfill.

ACT NOWaste Senior Manager, Business Strategy and Support, Petra Crowe said it was a free, fun and social way to de-clutter, find a new home for your pre-loved items, meet local people and make some pocket money.

“For shoppers, it’s a great way to grab a bargain, find something unique and shop sustainably, preventing items ending up in landfill. You can register online now to host a garage sale and bargain hunters can plan their trail using the map online,” she said.

Now in its seventh year, the Garage Sale Trail is the biggest community reuse event in Australia. In 2016, 320,000 shoppers and sellers participated in over 15,000 garage sales. Anyone can get involved and it is free to register. Sellers can sell on one or both days of the Garage Sale Trail.

Ms Crowe said reducing waste was a priority for the ACT Government and the Garage Sale Trail was a fun and social way to encourage residents to reuse.

Garage Sale Trail is a grassroots idea that was born in Bondi Beach in 2010 as means to encourage reuse, celebrate creativity and bring local people together in a fun and social way.

Garage Sale Trail is now a national movement of reuse-loving, community-minded individuals who come together on one weekend to clear out their pre-loved stuff, find treasure, meet the neighbours and have some fun.

In 2016, Garage Sale Trail saw 321,000 Aussies get involved at 15,151 garage sales nationally. These sales represented over 2 million items listed for sale/reuse and the average household sale made $379, community groups $650 and schools $1,500.

ACTNOWaste also reminded the community to consider responsible ways to dispose of unwanted goods rather than throwing them in the bin.

“You can donate to the charity GIVIT or drop items to The Green Shed for reuse, but remember to donate responsibly and don’t leave items outside charities or charity bins,” Ms Crowe said.

More information on the charity GIVIT can be found at www.givit.org.au.

To register an event for the Garage Sale Trail, visit www.garagesaletrail.com.au

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