19 June 2020

Take part in the National Garage Sale Trail

| My Gungahlin
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Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, joined GWS Giants’ Rhys Palmer today to encourage Canberrans to register for the Garage Sale Trail, a national community and sustainability event where communities across Australia hold garage sales on the same day – Saturday 26 October 2013.

The Garage Sale Trail is a fun, community-based activity that encourages the re-use of items. Re‑using and redistributing goods on the Trail helps reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“People interested in hosting a sale can register for free at http://www.garagesaletrail.com.au/ and list some of their available items. The first 5000 people to register nationally (or those registered by October 6) will be mailed a free participant pack with posters to promote their sale and a free copy of The Official Guide To Buying and Selling On The New eBay to help sell any unsold items from the day.

“If you’re interested in hunting for bargains, make the most of your day by planning out your own Treasure Trail online at http://www.garagesaletrail.com.au/. The website allows you to see all the registered sales in your area and even search by specific types of items.

“The Garage Sale Trail is also the perfect motivation to do spring cleaning before the summer holidays while making some extra money. Last year across Australia the average sale generated $400! This is a great opportunity for schools, community groups and charities to help raise much-needed funds. “Last year 150,000 people across Australia participated in the Garage Sale Trail which raised $2.5 million in Sales. Community groups made an average of $1,114 per garage sale and schools made an average of $2,094.

“Forty-eight percent of participants donated funds to charity and some 40,000 wheelie bins of items were potentially diverted from landfill. It is hoped this year’s event doubles this achievement.

“The Garage Sale Trail is a great way to meet your neighbours, make some extra money and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill,” Mr Rattenbury concluded.

Co-founder Darryl Nichols said Garage Sale Trail is a not-for-profit mission to create positive social and environmental change.

“We’re thrilled that Garage Sale Trail is launching in the ACT,” Mr Nichols said.

My Gungahlin is right behind this event and we hope we can get a huge response from the Gungahlin community and see if we can get the most Garage Sales registered in Canberra.

We believe this is a good opportunity to reduce the amount of items going to landfill but we also think this is a great way to get to know our neighbours. We encourage you to invite your neighbours to participate on the day and make an event out of it, can you get your whole street involved?

There is many ways to get involved in the Garage Sale Trail. Households can hold a garage sale, schools can set up car boot sales, sporting clubs can hold events at their club house and sell merchandise or old equipment!

Any items you have leftover after your garage sale can be donated to local charities. Communities @ Work Working Wonders program is looking for donations of corporate/business attire for men and women. Communities @ Work Care & Share program is looking for donations of toys. There is clothing charity bins located at Ngunnawal and Palmerston shops. Other items can also be dropped off at the Green Shed at the Mitchell Transfer Station.

Whatever you choose to do register at http://www.garagesaletrail.com.au/ and let us know what you are doing so we can help promote your Garage Sale!

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