Here's a handy guide to the questions we get asked the most. Consider it your Garage Sale Trail 101.
WHAT IS IT?
Garage Sale Trail is Australia's festival of pre-loved stuff. Each year over 250,000 Australians get involved. Collectively they help to extend the life of over 1.5 million kgs of stuff, saving it from landfill.
This year, Garage Sale Trail takes place over three glorious weekends in November, with heaps of the action taking place online so you can get involved irrespective of the restrictions where you are.
You can choose to:
🎓 LEARN Attend a free Trail Tutorial online masterclass - 6-7 November.
🛍 SHOP At one of over 10,000 garage sales happening online or in the community - 13-14 & 20-21 November.
It's free to get involved and you get tips, support and promotional materials to help you be successful and stay safe, including covid-safe resources and touch-free QR code payments enabled by PayPal.
IS IT SAFE TO HAVE A GARAGE SALE?
It's important to check the restrictions where you are to see if garage sales in your community are permitted where you live. If they are, Garage Sale Trail provides lots of support to help you have a covid-safe garage sale, including a simple way to take touch-free QR code payments using PayPal. There’s a host of covid-safe tools and resources too, all available when you set up your sale.
In areas where community garage sales are not permitted, you can join in the fun online by hosting and shopping at virtual garage sales.
WHAT IS A VIRTUAL GARAGE SALE?
It's an online garage sale!
As a seller, we recommend choosing your favourite social media channel to sell from on the two weekends - 13-14 & 20-21 November. You can choose to livestream your garage sale, or list items for sale via your feed or stories.
If socials are not your thing, you can link your Garage Sale Trail listing to an online marketplace or other website and simply take advantage of the 2 million+ eyeballs that tune in to the Garage Sale Trail website in November. Read on for more on the different ways to sell as part of the virtual Garage Sale Trail.
Shoppers can search the Garage Sale Trail site to find online garage sales and can build a schedule of the ones they want to tune into over the two big weekends.
WHO IS IT FOR?
It’s for everybody. Households, community groups, charities, schools, local businesses, even whole streets get involved! It’s also a great event for makers and creators to showcase their wares and for good causes to raise a quid or two to support their work.
HOW DO I REGISTER A GARAGE SALE?
Setting up your virtual or community garage sale is a simple process that takes no more that five minutes. Once you've completed the online registration, you get a free listing on the national map (viewed over 2 million times in the lead up to the event) plus stacks of free promotional materials and support so you don't have to go it alone. Register here or watch one of the video tutorials that steps you through the registration process.
WHAT EVENTS ARE HAPPENING NEAR ME?
You can search for sales happening online and near you using the national sales map. Sales can be added right up to the event weekends on 13-14 & 20-21 November so check in regularly for the latest list. This year you can shop the Trail even more safely, with touch-free QR code payments enabled by PayPal and a host of virtual garage sales you can tune into from home.
You don't even need to host a garage sale to get involved. The Trail Tutorial online masterclasses on 6-7 November provide practical tips and inspiration to help you reduce, reuse and repurpose your stuff.
IF I’M HAVING A GARAGE SALE, DO I HAVE TO BE INVOLVED ON ALL THE DAYS?
Not at all. You can host a sale, or shop the Trail, on any of the days or do all of them. Choose from 13-14 & 20-21 November.
WHO KEEPS THE MONEY RAISED?
It’s totally up to you. You can keep the proceeds, or choose to fundraise for a charity, local community group or cause. On average, households make just over $400 on the day. Schools and community groups over $1,500.
WHAT CAN I BUY OR SELL ON THE TRAIL?
With over 3 million items going up for sale every year, you can find pretty much anything on the Trail. We’ve seen it all. From rocket powered jet packs to llamas, apartments, a lifetime collection of Stars Wars memorabilia and even two grandpas who were listed for cups of tea and biscuits.
In the name of reuse, it's all about secondhand, from pre-loved furniture, kids toys and books to clothing, vinyl, knick knacks and more. All we ask is that you keep it clean and legal (PG please).
WHEN’S THE BEST TIME TO HOST YOUR GARAGE SALE?
Most garage sales run from 9am – 2pm so whether you're hosting a garage sale online or in your community we recommend sticking to these golden hours.
DO I HAVE TO HOST MY SALE AT HOME?
Not necessarily but it you’re looking to host your sale elsewhere, be sure to get the necessary permissions from the landowner or your local council and always have your own safety in mind. There are some places garage sales just shouldn’t be. Like roundabouts, or footpaths, or inside an actual swimming pool.
Some areas also have group sales you can join as a stallholder, and bring along a suitcase / table / car load of stuff to sell. Search for group sales happening near you.
WHY IS THIS ANY DIFFERENT TO ORGANISING A GARAGE SALE ON ANOTHER WEEKEND OF THE YEAR?
For first timers, we make it easy by providing free promotional materials, tips and tricks as well as support from the garage sale community via Facebook groups and more.
Being part of big national event also means you're making some truly magical things happen. Like playing a part in saving over 1.5 million kgs of stuff from landfill.
There's also something pretty cool about knowing you're part of a community of folks all simultaneously garage sale-ing over two big weekends.
I’M IN! HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Registrations are open now. Setting up your sale listing takes no more than five minutes and once completed you’ll get access to lots of free promotional materials and support. View the video tutorial for more on how to register.
The most successful sales get creative with their sale name and tell people what they're offering at their sale – think special guests, music, entertainment and free giveaways.
CAN I SELL FOOD AT MY SALE?
We love a good feed here at the Garage Sale Trail and there is almost nothing better than enjoying a freshly baked scone with your newly purchased pre-loved jumpsuit / dog figurine / handbag. But if you’re planning on selling food, you’ll need to have the necessary food hygiene and safety certificates so speak to your local council if that’s what you have planned.
HOW DO I ACCEPT TOUCH-FREE PAYMENTS WITH PAYPAL?
If you’re hosting a virtual garage sale, you can generate a unique PayPal.Me link within your PayPal account or app, to share with your shoppers.
If you’re hosting a community garage sale, download the PayPal App to generate your unique PayPal QR Code, and display this at your sale. Shoppers scan the QR code using their PayPal app, enter the amount owed and confirm payment. You receive an instant payment confirmation in your PayPal app and account.
IS MY COUNCIL PARTICIPATING AND WHY DOES THAT MATTER ANYWAY?
Your local council is where the Garage Sale Trail magic starts! Over 100 councils around the country make Garage Sale Trail possible. Find out if your council is one of them and be sure to say thanks. Garage Sale Trail couldn’t happen without them.
If your council is not involved, you’d better get in quick as we only have a maximum of 10 garage sale spots available in these areas, and they fill up fast.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T SELL EVERYTHING?
Experience tells us that while a garage sale is a great way to shift lots of things you no longer need or want, you will have some stuff still left over at the end. To help we'll match you with other reuse organisations to make sure any stuff you don't sell lives on to do good. For inspo, read our guide to matchmaking for stuff.
And remember, leaving items on your street or outside a charity donation point after the Garage Sale Trail, or at any time, is illegal and seriously uncool. It makes an eyesore of our beautiful communities and costs charities millions each year in clean up fees.
WHO ORGANISES GARAGE SALE TRAIL?
Garage Sale Trail is run by Australian not for profit social enterprise, Garage Sale Trail Foundation, in partnership with the councils of Australia.