On Saturday 26 October 2013, 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. Worm juice anyone? A sale devoted to the garden super-fertiliser will be appearing again this year.
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. Newly listed items across Melbourne include a cactus piñata ($5), a Garth barbecue ($800) model Delorian a la Back to the Future ($20), and an Akubra hat ($30). 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.