Do you have a store room full of things that ‘might come in handy’ one day but are instead taking up much-needed space? Those things might just come in handy for someone else!
Armidale Regional Council, with support from Northern Inland Regional Waste (NIRW), is hosting the 2017 national Garage Sale Trail which encourages everyone to ‘choose to reuse’.
James Turnell, Council’s Program Leader Waste Management and NIRW Executive Officer, said the Garage Sale Trail offers a coordinated strategy that might help you to reclaim your spare room or shed without sending unwanted household items to landfill.
“Local households looking to clear clutter are encouraged to register their garage sale with the national Garage Sale Trail. By hosting a dedicated weekend, we hope to maximise possibilities for those looking to sell unwanted goods as well as for people looking for a bargain,” said Mr Turnell. “By holding a garage sale, you might raise some money while someone else in the community might find an item they were looking for!”
The national Garage Sale Trail is a nationwide community and sustainability event involving over 150 councils. By organising communities around Australia to host and shop at garage sales on one big weekend, Garage Sale Trail aims to encourage reuse, unite communities, create awareness around the issues of illegal dumping, provide a platform for fundraising and inspire creativity.
Households, community groups, charities, local businesses and schools are set to join an estimated 350,000+ Australians as a part of the seventh annual national Garage Sale Trail.
Aimed at bringing communities together and promoting reuse Garage Sale Trail is powered by over 150 local councils and in 2017 has set two major national goals:
To see 2 million items listed for reuse on one big weekend of garage sales across the country
And enable 120,000 new neighbourly connections Australia-wide over the weekend long event
“The Garage Sale Trail is a simple idea that promotes sustainability,” Mr Turnell said. “It is a fun and social way to declutter, meet the neighbours and perhaps uncover some unique bargains!”
The initiative is run by Australian not-for-profit Garage Sale Trail Foundation. The event exists to create positive social and environmental change in communities across Australia. An idea that’s good for the planet and good for community too!
The Garage Sale Trail is happening in Armidale and across the country on Saturday October 21 and Sunday October 22.
Registration is free and open from 10 August 2017 at garagesaletrail.com.au
FACTS & FIGURES
- Registration is free at garagesaletrail.com.au
- Host your sale on Saturday 21 October, Sunday 22 October or do both!
- 10,000+ forecast garage sales & stalls nationally
- 350 000+ participants expected nationally
Published on 11 Aug 2017