Garage Sale Trail was accidentally started in 2010 by two guys from Bondi, Andrew Valder and Darryl Nichols, as an add on to their local surf and community event 'Sizzle'. With a tagline ‘Don’t dump It. Sell it’ and a target of 30 garage sales on the day, Garage Sale Trail was born! That first year there were 130 sales in Bondi alone.
Fast forward ten years and Garage Sale Trail has grown faster than the amount of waste at your local tip. Thanks to the support of over 115 councils across the country, last year there were more than 18,000 garage sales held over the weekend with over 400,000 Australians hitting the streets to browse over 3 million secondhand items. The event has won a heap of environmental awards and even been adopted by the UK government. We've seen sales at MONA in Tassie, NSW Parliament House, WA Ballet and Opera Australia. It has been an epic ride!
The Garage Sale Trail ethos has always been to shine a light on reuse to help preserve the planet and a good garage sale has soul and is beautifully human. So join us and all the other thousands of Australians this November and help us put secondhand first.
Buying and selling secondhand items is an often overlooked way to reduce your carbon footprint. This is because of the emissions created to make new clothes. Garage Sale Trail encourages Aussies to buy and sell secondhand as part of Australia's big weekend of garage sales, saving good stuff from landfill, generating money for local economies and reducing carbon emissions along the way.