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Garage Sale Trail 2021

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Follow the trail to sell, buy & learn all things second hand
This year, there are more ways than ever to be involved in the Garage Sale Trail! - both online and, where COVID-19 restrictions allow, in the community.

Garage Sale Trail is a community of over 250,000 Australians that is expected to set free more than 3 million items from cupboards, sheds and garages across the nation over the event's two weekends.

It makes it easier to sell no-longer-wanted goods, providing a large interested audience (around 2 million eyeballs!), promotional materials, and selling tools and tips, and makes it very likely that buyers will be able to snap up whatever they're wishing for within their budget while saving perfectly good goods from going to waste and ending up in landfill by giving them a new home and life.

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Virtual Garage Sales Where In-Person Not Possible

In-person garage sales may not be possible in some areas and states, including Melbourne, so Garage Sale Trail has come up with another option for these areas and states so they can still get in on the second-hand selling and buying action - virtual garage sales!

Garage Sale Trail's virtual garage sales, at which you can sell and shop at online garage sales, will take place over two weekends, specifically the weekend of the 13th and 14th November and the weekend of the 20th and 21st of November.

The plan is for hundreds of people from all across Australia to host garage sales on the world wide web all at the same time on their social media platforms or on online marketplaces.

Sellers can choose the online social media channel they want to sell via - for example, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok or YouTube -

Sales can be a live broadcast, posted in a social media feed, or shared in stories. Buyers can purchase items via direct messages or by commenting 'sold' on the social media posts.

Another option is to link to an online marketplace or website such as eBay, Poshmark, Depop or the Aussie made Rosella Street, which plants a tree for every sale. The point of linking it to and joining in on this year's Garage Sale Trail is sellers should get more interested people as they can take advantage of the web traffic the Garage Sale Trail website gets over the two weekends.

Learn more about how to host a virtual garage sale here.

You can join a free Trail Tutorial online masterclass that Garage Sale Trail is putting on on the 6th and 7th of November to learn how to re-home, re-love and re-purpose your stuff.

These Trail Tutorials are bringing together an impressive cast of fashion, finance and sustainability experts, including fashion designer Kit Willow, KitX, 1 Million Women founder, Natalie Issacs, finance expert Molly Benjamin from Ladies Finance Club Australia UK, TV stylist and interior designer, Adam Powell, master stitcher and maker, Daisy Braid aka DIY Daisy, and sustainable fashion educator and eco stylist, Nina Gbor from Eco Styles.

You will learn how to repurpose fabric scraps and turn old clothes new again, tips and tricks for turning a profit from your pre-loved stuff, how to promote, host and style a garage sale (from pricing to merchandising and staying Covid-safe), and how to host a virtual garage sale. You can also join a chat about all things fashion, sustainability and secondhand.

Register for the masterclass and read more about what to expect in each session here -

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Garage Sales In Your Neighbourhood Where In-Person Is Possible

For in real life garage sales in your community, you can register an in-person sale in places where this is possible on Garage Sale Trail's website. These are taking place over the same two weekends - the 13th and 14th of November and the 20th and 21st of November. Go here to register a sale in your neighbourhood.

You can also search for a sale near you on Garage Sale Trail's website. Head here to find one near you if restrictions in your neighbourhood allow gathering in groups and garage sales.

Whether selling or buying, whether online or in your front yard, get involved in this year's Garage Sale Trail to build and support the second-hand marketplace while making some cash or finding something you've been keeping an eye open for cheaper.
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Why? Have a crowd to sell to, buy a bargain and/or save a special secondhand something
When: Trail Tutorials 6-7 Nov / Virtual & Community Garage Sales 13-14 Nov & 20-21 Nov 2021
Where: Online or in your neighbourhood (depending on restrictions)
Cost: Free
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