The Garage Sale Trail – Australia’s largest and most successful real world community-based marketplace is back on Saturday May 5, 2012 and this year ‘Everything’s For Sale’.
On Saturday May-5, join Mayor of The Hills Shire, Clr Greg Burnett and Deputy Mayor, Clr Michelle Byrne alongside Garage Sale Trail ambassadors Michael Caton, Angus Stone, Dave Rastovich, Tracey Spicer and thousands of other Aussies nationwide who will be searching for gold, connecting with neighbours, bagging a bargain, making pocket money and just generally having a little fun!
The multi-award winning Garage Sale Trail (Green Globe Award 2010), Community Contribution of the Year (2010), AMIA Green Marketing of the Year (2011), International Green Award (2011) & Sydney Magazine Top 100 (Dec 2011) is a people powered program that’s about sustainability, community and creativity. Locally the Garage Sale Trail is being presented by The Hills Shire Council.
Clr Byrne will be holding her own Garage Sale at her home in Baulkham Hills and encourages other residents to get involved and organise their own garage sale as well.
If last year’s event is anything to go by, there will be pop-up record stores, art shows, bike sales, backyard bands, as well as your classic clothes and vintage gold. Plus, it's a great to chance to meet the neighbours and celebrate one’s local community.
“We were completely overwhelmed by the level of interest and support that the Garage Sale Trail’s national debut generated in 2011,” Darryl Nichols Co-Founder of the event said.
“It was so fantastic to see all the interpretations people made of the day from the schools and community groups who organised monster sales to fundraise for the respective causes; households that used it as a way to de-clutter and make a little pocket money; local businesses who got involved by selling goods at garage sale prices; and, not to mention all the makers and creators who used Garage Sale Trail as a marketplace to sell their wares. Consequently, this year we are providing tools for all these different types of community stakeholders to get involved.”
Mayor Burnett said that Council is “very excited to be bringing the Garage Sale Trail to The Sydney Hills”.
“This is a great opportunity to bring our community together, while showing that recycling and sustainability can be fun and social,” Mayor Burnett said.
Put your sale on the trail or see what’s on offer at www.garagesaletrail.com.au
or view The Hills Shire Council Garage Sale Trail page.
Check www.facebook.com/GarageSaleTrail to stay in the loop.
Or follow on Twitter: @GarageSaleTrail
Key outcomes from the Garage Sale Trail’s 2011 Australia-wide debut encompassed 1,613 registered garage sales, some 3,450 participating households, 77,000 shoppers, 72,586 items redistributed/saved from landfill, an average of $331 pocket money made per participant (of which participants said they planned to spend 81% locally) but most importantly, participants made an average of 6 new neighbourly connections.