City of Kalamunda is making Garage Sale Trail happen locally on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October 2017. It’s Australia’s biggest weekend of reuse and community with over 10,000 garage sales, 2 million items listed for sale and over 350,000 sellers and shoppers taking part across the nation.
The event is about encouraging us all to reuse the stuff we no longer want and get to know our community better. We all know that recycling is great but reusing stuff you no longer want is even better. It extends the value of the stuff we buy and takes pressure off the planet’s precious resources.
The 2016 Garage Sale Trail was the Citys most successful event to date, with the City of Kalamunda finishing seventh in the state with 63 registered sellers and over 2500 shoppers. The City’s Garage Sale Trail event at Walliston Transfer Station generated a record $3,471.55 which was donated to the Kalamunda Men’s Shed and the Women’s Powder Room.
What is the Garage Sale Trail?
The Garage Trail Sale is Australia’s largest sustainability and re-use event which aims to build community spirit and encourage the diversion of waste from landfill. Now in its seventh year, the Garage Sale Trail, is a free, council powered day of garage sales that attracts over 300,000 bargain-loving shoppers nationally with over 2 million pre-loved items up for sale.
When is the next Garage Sale Trail? Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October 2017
How does it work?
The Garage Sale Trail is a free program which enables community members to participate by hosting a garage sale or attending one. Residents can attend a garage sale by visiting the Garage Trail Sale website to search for registered garage sales in their local area they can visit.
Residents can host garage sales by registering their garage sale on the Garage Sale Trail website which is then promoted via the website and the smart phone app. Residents wishing to participate in the Garage Sale Trail can register their own garage sale by visiting the website garagesaletrail.com.au.
Will the City host its own events?
Yes. The City of Kalamunda hosts its own Garage Sale Trail event at Walliston Transfer Station. In addition, the City runs another Garage Sale in March each year.
The Walliston Transfer Station Garage Sale offers a great collection of furniture, home hardware, collectables, bicycles and everything in between. There is always some great finds! All money raised from the sale of items on the day is donated to local community groups.
The most recent Garage Sale on 25 March 2017 raised $2,900 with these funds being donated to the Citys Community Grants program which is administered by the Community Development team. More information on the Community Grants programs is available here.
How will the garage sale be promoted?
The organisers of the Garage Sale Trail have created a media partnership with local radio and Community Newspaper Group to promote the program. There is also a Garage Sale Trail Website, smart phone app, Facebook page and twitter feed.
The City of Kalamunda will be promoting the Garage Sale Trail and its own Garage Sale’s through a variety of mediums such as the community newspaper, City Facebook page(s) and website.
What are the benefits of Participating?
The benefits of participating in the Garage Sale Trail include:
- Reducing waste going to landfill
- Promoting re-use of goods
- Building community spirit
- Stimulation of local economy
- Generating funds for local charities and community groups
Who can get involved?
Anyone and everyone!
- Community groups
- Charities and not for profit organisations
- Local business
- Religious and cultural institutions
- Sporting clubs
What can I do with leftover items I don’t sell?
Are the items of any value? Consider selling them on sites such as eBay, gumtree, freecycle.org, or Facebook buy, sell, and swop groups.
- Store items for next year’s garage sale or host your own garage sale.
- Donate items to charity shops.
- Dispose of E-waste for free (residents only) at Walliston Transfer Station.
- For items in good condition, bring them to the Walliston Transfer Station for the Shires Garage Sale events
- If you have exhausted all options. Order a general waste Skip Bin or dispose of them at Walliston Transfer Station.
Do NOT DUMP items or place them in public litter bins, it is illegal and could result in hefty fines.
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