Garage Sale Trail tipped to help Aussies make some extra cash | Walcha News

Garage Sale Trail – Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22, 2020

Would you like a way to make money by selling your unwanted items?

How about the opportunity to save money by buying secondhand goods?

This year more than ever, the opportunity to make and save money is a priority to Australians, with many having lost income due to reduced hours or job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rest assured, good news is here because the 2020 Garage Sale Trail is taking place on November 21 and 22 and organisers are calling out for individuals and businesses to register and take part.

Founder and partner Andrew Valder set up the Garage Sale Trail 10 years ago and it grew rapidly with thousands of people now registering each year.

In 2019, over 400,000 Australians got involved at 18,000 garage sales country wide. The average household made $300, with community groups and schools making a very healthy $1500.

It isn’t just about the money either.

“The Garage Sale Trail is centered around the idea of reducing waste and recycling used goods. In 2019, over 3.2 million kg of reusable product was saved from landfill, proving that big things can happen when everyone works together,” Andrew said.

For Andrew, the key goal and message he wants to get across with Garage Sale Trail is that selling and buying second hand is an incredibly simple and cost effective way to reduce waste and care for the environment.

It is something that anyone can take part in and make a small or large as they like.

IN YOUR REGION: Find some treasures during Australia’s annual Garage Sale Trail this November. Photo: Dirty Janes

Together, Australian businesses and communities can make a huge difference and find a sense of community at the same time.

“The possibilities for businesses to get involved are endless,” he said.

Whether selling goods and services, offering freebies for promotion or simply getting to know local residents and consumers, the benefits are there.

One business taking part in Garage Sale Trail this year, is Dirty Janes.

The family owned and run business which began 13 years ago as a small antique shop front in Bowral, quickly grew to fill a shed behind the store housing some 150 stallholders all with the shared goal of reducing waste and recycling.

Dirty Janes recently expanded to Fyshwick, in Canberra, setting up shop on one acre of land and hosting around 95 dealers.

The space also includes an outdoor selling space with a blacksmith, workshop areas, community garden, orchard and paddock with a couple of very friendly goats.

Owner Jane Crowley is hoping that being a part of the Garage Sale Trail weekend will boost visitor numbers, which many businesses are wanting to see as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Once you register online you will have access to free resources like posters, bunting, social media tiles and a COVID safe toolkit to help you get selling.

There are also plenty of help on how to run virtual garage sales, which are tipped to be big this year.

How to get involved

  • Simply visit garagesaletrail.com.au to set up your online or real world garage sale.
  • Businesses that wish to get involved can email interest to localbusiness@garagesaletrail.com.au
  • On trail weekend get out and about to shop up along the trail. Sale listings and maps are available online. Simply click ‘Search for sales’ to see what is happening in your area.
  • Sign up for the newsletter for all the latest details.

— to www.walchanewsonline.com.au

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