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Get ready to rummage at Melbourne’s biggest yard sale

On Saturday 25 October 2014, households, schools, community groups and businesses across the country are invited to hold a registered garage sale (garage optional), with community and sustainability as the key focus.

The Garage Sale Trail started as a Bondi event in 2010, and has grown into a nationwide extravaganza where shoppers have bagged everything from the clothes of a former Vogue editor to a Sydney apartment.

And it gets weirder: up for grabs this year are bricks in the shape of a chimney (you have to take the chimney down yourself), a storm trooper costume, 330 egg cups and a fish tank inside a vintage TV. Tasmania wins though, because they’ve got an 18-foot long hovercraft. Ah well.

So how can you get the most out of the day? Co-founder Andrew Valder has some tips for buyers and sellers…

1. Browse items online
Garage sales are going hi-tech, with sellers able to snap a photo of a sale item and post it to a customisable webpage, and you’ll have to get in quick on the day if you have your eye on something. You can even pin your wish list straight to Pinterest.

2. Plan your route
Get on the website, stick in your postcode and create a ‘Treasure Trail’ to help you plan a route. Shoppers-on-the-go can add sales to a personalised map accessible on their mobile.

3. Recycle and upcycle
The Garage Sale Trail is all about sustainability, so create and innovate: buy an old chair and get it restored with some new upholstery; snag some second-hand clothes and tailor them to suit; experiment with recycled art; or simply breathe new life into some pre-loved records and books.

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By Kristen Rooke   |  

Garage Sale Trail 2014 details

Around Melbourne, Melbourne 3000

Date Sat 25 Oct 2014

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