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Your Trash My Treasure
Mark your calendars: Saturday 26th October 2013. Drop everything else you are doing and reserve the day for some "garage sale hopping", as more than 300 thousand Australians nation-wide are expected to take part in the event called Garage Sale Trail, which finds its humble beginnings when it began as a local event in Bondi Beach only four years ago. It is gaining momentum all across the country with many supporters, including many local councils.
If you believe in "my trash can be your treasure", then this event is perfect for you. As Spring starts, signs for garage sales pop around neighbourhoods, and visits to these sales is part of the culture we live in. Re-using, reducing and recycling can all be achieved by sustaining these sales, which will help reduce the potential burden on landfills. However, to have one specific day for garage sales is a great way to advertise neighbourhood sales without having tens of signs being stuck on the poles.
If you wish to organise your own garage sale on this day, it is a perfect day to aim for spring cleaning. You will be surprised to find out how many items are lying around the house which have either lost their significance in terms of usage or your children have outgrown, or it is just time to upgrade and therefore better make the redundant items to become part of someone else's household, as you earn a bit of cash to put towards the shopping spree. You can register at garagesaletrail.com.au if you intend to participate. Registration is free and easy.
Putting similar items in one place will help organise your sale
If you wish to visit some of the garage sales on the day, it will help to visit the website and find out which households are participating in the event, and get a bit organised by making the most convenient route for yourself.
Some tips for sellers: Organise yourself at least one day in advance by grouping items, such as kitchen items in one area, bedroom items in another, and so on.
Tag the items by price, but do not hesitate to offer discounts to the buyers who wish to purchase in bulk. Also, do not hesitate to reduce the price of the items on sale as the day progresses. Remember that your aim is to de-clutter as much as possible, as opposed to making most money.
Have change readily available, especially for the early morning buyers. Also make arrangements to store the earnings in safe and handy place.
Do not be scared to ask for help from some responsible family members or friends.
Some tips for buyers: Know what you want, as you will have to make a quick decision when you see something you like. Try to bargain with the seller, especially if you are buying in bulk.
Have cash readily available, especially in small denominations.
Try not to buy for the sake of buying. Try to envision where the item would sit in your home or its practicality before purchasing it.