Freelance writer specialising in serendipity: the art of finding wonderful things by accident or sagacity. Comments and suggestions always welcome!
Get set for the world's biggest sale
Who doesn't love a garage sale? Whether you're a buyer hunting for bargains or a seller looking to declutter and make some cash, mark Saturday 24 October in your diary. Now in its fifth year, the Garage Sale Trail links thousands of sales all over Australia. As well as the sales, the day offers a chance to socialise with neighbours while helping the environment by recycling and reducing the number of items going to landfill.
Participation in the Garage Sale Trail is free for buyers and sellers. Individuals, neighbourhoods, community groups or organisations can hold sales. Simply visit the website and register the sale. After providing basic details, the sale is added to the map.
Now it's time to think about marketing. Download a how-to guide to get started. Does the sale have a name? What makes it unique? The website provides plenty of ideas and the facility to upload pictures and share details across social media. Posters and flyers are available to download and customise. The Facebook page also provides regular tips and updated news to help make your sale a success.
Buyers have a host of options to find sales. Enter a suburb, an item, sale type or combination of the three and the results may be surprising. A search for "vintage" in Perth returned sales with items including a Sherlock Holmes deerstalker hat, a 1960s kitchen canister set and a classic Singer sewing machine, all with pictures and prices. It's also possible to specify the distance from a particular postcode – very handy to find sales within say, 10 kilometres of Peppermint Grove or a similar upmarket area.
Start planning now and have a great day shopping or selling.