Here's a handy guide to the questions we get asked the most. Consider it your Garage Sale Trail 101.
WHAT IT IS ABOUT?
Garage Sale Trail is the nation’s biggest weekend of garage sales. An estimated 430,000 Australians got involved in 2019 either by selling their pre-loved stuff at a garage sale or shopping the Trail for bargains and unique finds.
Made possible by the councils of Australia, it’s all about how the small actions we each take as individuals can make a big difference to our communities and our planet. This event is happening next on 13 - 14 & 20 - 21 November 2021.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The best thing about Garage Sale Trail is that 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 online or real world garage sale is a simple process that takes no more that five minutes. Once done you get a free listing on our site and on the national map (viewed over 2 million times in the lead up to the event) as well as access to free resources like posters, bunting and social media tiles. Registrations open in September 2021. To be notified first you can pre-register your interest.
IF I’M HAVING A GARAGE SALE, DO I HAVE TO BE INVOLVED ON BOTH SATURDAY & SUNDAY?
Not at all. You can host a sale, or shop the Trail, on Saturday, Sunday or do both.
WHO KEEPS THE MONEY RAISED FROM THE DAY?
It’s totally up to you what you do with the money raised. Some sellers keep the proceeds, others choose to fundraise for a charity, local community group or cause. On average, households make just over $350 on the day. Schools and community groups over $1,500.
WHAT CAN I BUY OR SELL ON THE TRAIL?
With over 2 million items going up for sale every year, you can find pretty much anything on the Trail. We’ve seen everything 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 real world garage sales run from 9am – 2pm.
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.
WHY IS THIS ANY DIFFERENT TO ORGANISING A GARAGE SALE ON ANOTHER WEEKEND OF THE YEAR?
Garage Sale Trail is Australia’s biggest reuse and community event. If you participate, you'll join hundreds of thousands of Australians nationwide. For first time garage salers we make it easy by providing tools, tips and a highly trafficked website (2 million views).
For more seasoned sellers, taking part in Garage Sale Trail is all about the big impact you can make. By joining together with people across Australia to sell or shop at a garage sale on one weekend, you’ll help save millions of kgs of stuff from landfill.
I’M IN! HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Registrations are open now. Setting up your sale listing takes no more than five minutes of your time and once completed you’ll get access to free promotional materials including posters, bunting and more, created to help make your sale a rip-roaring success and keep you safe on the Trail.
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.
And fear not, if things change, you can edit your sale at any time, simply by logging in to your Garage Sale Trail account.
I CAN’T HOST A SALE OUTSIDE MY HOME. CAN I STILL BE INVOLVED?
Sure thing. Many areas also have group sales you can join as a stallholder, and bring along a suitcase / table / car load of stuff to sell.
CAN I SELL FOOD AT MY SALE?
We love a good feed here at 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.
IS MY COUNCIL PARTICIPATING AND WHY DOES THAT MATTER ANYWAY?
Your local council is where the Garage Sale Trail magic starts! Over 115 councils and regional waste groups 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 organisations and ways to make sure any stuff you don't sell lives on to do good. Read our little 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.