I’m a 60 something (64 to be exact) Queenslander living the dream with my writing, riding and cooking - I do the housework too but that's not part of my dream.
Selling or buying; this is too good to miss
Time to start clearing out all that stuff you have lying around and make a bit of money out of it. The fifth annual Garage Sale Trail is all set for Saturday, 24 October, 2015. For one big day of garage sales all around Australia, the Garage Sale Trail is a fun and sociable way to reduce waste being dumped into landfills, meet your neighbours and enjoy a unique fundraising activity.
Over 400,000 Australians are expected to open up their garages on the day.
Joining up for the fun is FREE and you can register here as a single household or get together with some like-minded friends and join as a community group, the local school or maybe get your business involved. Perhaps you could even take this opportunity to release your latest craft creations to the public at large. The day is an opportunity for anyone who is looking for some fun.
Registration opened this week and sellers who register before 25 September will receive a free promotional pack with a whole swag of printed goodies. Once registered to host a 'sale on the trail' you can prominently list your whole sale and some of the key items you are going to sell on the day.
For more information on how you can turn your humble garage into a super store check out the How-To guides on the website.
As the saying goes, 'It takes two to tango' and a sale is not a sale if you don't have buyers. If you prefer the thrill of the hunt to the joy of the sale then start planning your day by searching for the nearby sales or, if you have something specific in mind, then check out where you need to go to find it. Let your computer links do the walking before the day and search the site here to create your personalised 'treasure trail'.
Last year's Garage Sale Trail involved over 8000 garage sales which provided an estimated 2.9 million pre-loved items including a rocket powered jetpack, a beachside apartment and a couple of grandpas looking for a good home. The average seller made over $300 and met 13 new locals on the day.
This year it's expected over 10,000 garage sales will be running all across the country with no shortage of unique bargains up for grabs.
The first ever Garage Sale Trail happened in Bondi Beach during May 2010 and was organised by Andrew Valder and Darryl Nichols. In each of the five years since, the programme has continued to grow into a truly massive national event organised and supported by over 160 local councils representing more than half the Australian population. The Garage Sale Trail is an award winning sustainability and community campaign.
So, in effect, the Garage Sale Trail conveys a serious message, but delivers it in a really fun way. You might make a bit of money, find a unique bargain and you will make many more friends around the neighbourhood but by having a garage sale you help encourage reuse and place a value on the world's resources. A single garage sale won't make much of a difference, but if every garage in the country gets involved, that's going to make create positive social and environmental change.
To register your garage sale and join the multitudes seeking and selling bargains on Saturday, 24 October click on the web page here. If you join up before 25 September you will receive a free promotional pack with a pile of printed goodies to help organised and advertise your garage. You can also check out the Garage Sale Trail's Facebook page here or make contact by sending a message from here.
Registration is FREE so all you have to lose is that clutter clogging up your house?