Sydney's eastern suburbs is an eclectic melt of wealthy, weird and wonderful. Chic shops and gourmet restaurants decorate tree-lined streets while footpaths are frequented by Sydney's most famous and fortunous.
In recent years, Bondi has undergone a makeover which has fostered an eccentric yet extravagant atmosphere. Young, talented and ambitious folk are the face of the "New Bondi" while in summer, the famous beach becomes a travellers playground.
On most weekends, one can find garage sales clutching to the corners of Hall Street or the narrow North Bondi roads around the Beach Road Hotel. For garage sale goers, peruse Curlewis Street, Hall Street and Glenayr Street to find vintage couture and designer labels being cheaply sold. The girls, most grappling with a frock-to-closet size issue, are turning the sidewalks into stores and you may find anything from last season Marcs Merchandise to neglected antique vinyls.
Drive down William Street and Glenmore Street in Paddington and you may find more garage sales bursting with funky accessories, designer dresses and some gear for the guys too. Maroubra, Mascot and Randwick are often teeming with garage sales, with most being concentrated around Maroubra beach or the side streets around Randwick Junction and The Spot. For cheap, common goods such as DVD's, the odd golf club or your everyday shorts, visit these areas.
Coogee is highly populated in summer and backpackers are often in search of a bargain. A mixture of good quality attire and cheap paraphenalia can be found in the streets around the cricket oval and Eastern Suburbs Tennis Club.
Setting up a garage sale requires a touch of planning and a forceful execution. Spring clean your closet and ask friends and family if they're interested in making a buck or two from unused clutter. If you don't have your own car, find one!
Conducting a garage sale without a car is often more effort than its worth. Display units are necessary; anything from tables, clothes racks and milk crates to coat hangers which can be hung from housing fences. A laundry basket or cardboard box is useful for "everything for" sales where items that are of little value can be sold in a $1 or $5 bin.
Scout your location of interest and notice if there are frequent garage sales around and what time they begin. As garage sales are set up on a first in/first serve basis you may want to arrive as early as 9am to set up.
Ensure you are not encroaching upon private areas, including driveways or outside sections of cafes as you will promptly be told to pack up or authorities may be notified! Beaches, public parks and school grounds are prohibited areas, which leaves mostly street corners or personal grounds as prime locations.
Whether selling or saving, the garage sale is a fun weekend activity. Plan ahead, check the forecast and find some loose cash either to buy or use as your float. You may find treasure in somebody's trash while others find value in your vestigials!