By organising pop-up stalls around Australia on the same day, Garage Sale Trail is a leading changemaker in sustainable shopping, creativity and community action. Now's the time to get involved, simply register your sale at Garage Sale Trail
or check out the line-up of events on the day including free workshops, pop-up markets and a bike tour along the sale trails.
The Garage Sale Trail started as a local Bondi event in 2010, and has grown into a nationwide extravaganza where shoppers have bagged unwanted fodder from the clothes of a former Vogue editor to a Bondi apartment. Yes really. And this year the annual garage sale (garage optional) is taking place in spring.
Households, schools, community groups and businesses across the country are invited to hold a registered sale with ‘community’ and ‘sustainability’ as the heart of the event. Co-founder Andrew Valder gave Time Out some top tips on how browsers can make the most of the bargains shopping on the day.
1. Browse first, pants on later
Garage sales have gone all high tech. It’s now possible to browse items from this year’s stallholders before you set foot out of the front door. Newly listed items across Sydney include a 1966 Fender P Bass ($7,000), a model Delorian a la Back to the Future ($20), and a somewhat dubious ‘banana phone’ (a banana perched atop an apple) ($12). If you see something you like, sadly you’ll still need to put pants on and leave the house to pick it up. (A small price to pay, we think).
2. Plan your route
Before you do leave the house, get online and create a ‘Treasure Trail’ to help you plan your route. Garage sales are searchable via item or postcode and shoppers can add sales to a personalised map accessible on the mobile. Two-wheels more your style? Book a spot on the Garage Sale Bike Trail from The Rocks to Moore Park and back again in the afternoon. Browse sales and see the best sights in Sydney all while getting exercise.
3. Recycle and upcycle
The Garage Sale Trail is all about sustainability, duh! So keep creativity and innovation in mind. Why not buy an old chair and get it restored, for example. Snag some second-hand clothes and have them tailored to fit; experiment with recycled art; or simply breathe new life into some pre-loved records and books. Want some expert tips on what to do with your new finds? The City of Sydney will be hosting upcycling crafting workshops at 107 Projects in Redfern and Work-Shop in Chippendale on the day.
4. Bring your cash and a bag
This one may sound obvious, but cash is king at the household garage sale so don’t be caught short. The bag, of course, is to stash all your awesome new purchases.
5. Get to know your neighbours
Valder and his team have a saying that sustainability is best when it’s fun and social. Hosting or attending a local garage sale is a great way to meet the neighbours, start a conversation and make friends. Surry Hills’ local garage sale will be held at Paramount House in what they’re calling the Everything Must Go pop-up market. Sell some stuff, buy some stuff and meet the neighbours! “The magic of the day is walking through your local neighbourhood, meeting your neighbours and stumbling upon something unexpected.”
For more information and to plan your route, visit Garage Sale Trail 2013.