Central Coast News
Garage Sale Trail coming to the Central Coast
As Australia’s biggest weekend of garage sales, the event has become part of the Central Coast Communities commitment to reducing landfill and providing opportunities to reuse and reduce waste as part of a Circular Economy.
Council Unit Manager for Waste Services and Business Development, Andrew Pearce, said that there was great community participation last year with over 15,000 residents getting involved.
“Our communities’ enthusiasm for ‘upcycling’ and second-hand shopping resulted in over 150,000 items being given a new life and saved over 112,000 kilograms of preloved items from potential landfill,” Mr Pearce said.
“By diverting these resources from landfill the event has positive impacts for our environment and helps to show how reuse and recycling benefits the community, with last year’s event generating $97,000 worth of sales for the local economy.”
“If you have something in good (or reasonable) condition that you are thinking of throwing out, how about trying to sell it instead? Grab the opportunity to join this incredible movement and help the Central Coast Community beat our 2019 record of 513 garage sales registered.”
Central Coast Mayor Lisa Matthews said that the event continues to offer a fantastic opportunity for households, schools, community groups and local businesses to take part in a national event, make some money and most importantly, provide a new life for our valuable resources.
“We are thrilled to be involved with this national initiative again this year and encourage everyone in the community to register a sale, get involved and explore the positive impacts of buying and selling second-hand,” Mayor Matthews said.
“This year the event will be operating under COVID-19 safety guidelines and offers the innovative option of virtual garage sales and other ways to get involved online.”
Garage Sale Trail Co-Founder Andrew Valder said it is projected more than two million items will be listed for sale and diverted from landfill across over 16,000 garage sale events nationally over the Garage Sale Trail weekend.
The online element will work to keep people safe during the pandemic but also assist sellers in finding the perfect match for their pre-loved items – no matter their location.
For those hosting or shopping at physical sales, Garage Sale Trail will provide guidelines to ensure COVID-19 restrictions and safety precautions are in place. You’ll also receive tips and tricks, as well as marketing material to help achieve the best result from your sale.
Council's participation in the 2020 Garage Sale Trail weekend is fully funded through a grant from the NSW Government Better Waste Recycling Fund. The National event involves 115 Councils around Australia and helps to prevent valuable resources going to landfill by encouraging reuse and recycling practices.
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