Revved up for Garage Sale Trail

Louise AllinghamNorth West Telegraph
Aussie TV and radio personality Yumi Stynes at a garage sale on the trail.
Camera IconAussie TV and radio personality Yumi Stynes at a garage sale on the trail. Credit: Adrian Lander Photography

Pick up a bargain or get rid of preloved households items this weekend at Port Hedland’s Garage Sale Trail.

The Garage Sale Trail is a nationwide sustainability and community campaign supported by local governments in which thousands of households, community groups, charities, local businesses and schools host second-hand sales.

St Cecila’s Primary School in Port Hedland will be on the trail, hosting a car-boot sale this Saturday.

There will be an array of second-hand stalls, and food and drinks available for purchase.

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Eight households between Port and South Hedland and Cooke Point will sell used goods such as clothes, homewares, furniture and toys.

Town of Port Hedland chief executive David Pentz welcomed the town’s involvement and said the initiative would help residents think about how they could take responsibility for the waste they create.

“Items that are reused don’t end up in council collections or landfill,” he said. “It’s also a simple way for people to meet and talk to people in their community as well as fundraise.”

Garage Sale Trail co-founder Darryn Nichols said the team loved the creative spirit and colour sellers brought to their sale names and the unexpected items on offer.

“Past examples include a vintage tractor, miniature goats, a beachside apartment and even a couple of grandpas,” he said.

“It’s all part of the fun.”

The Garage Sale Tail was started by Mr Nichols and Andrew Valder in Bondi in an effort to create positive social and environmental change in communities.

In its first year, the founders aimed to have at least 30 sales registered but ended up with 130 sales and about 5000 shoppers at the then one-day sale event.

Now in its seventh year, the Garage Sale Trail sees an estimated 350,000 Australians get involved each year and two million items listed for re-use across an estimated 10,000 garage sales across the country.

The event is supported by more than 150 councils and five State government departments, has been endorsed by celebrities such as musician Josh Pyke and TV and radio personality Yumi Stynes and won numerous environmental and sustainability awards including an International Green Award in London. The initiative has gained such traction that this year it will be a weekend-long event on Saturday and Sunday.

To put your sale on the trail or see where you can pick up a pre-loved bargain, visit garagesaletrail.com.au.

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