Dear Garage Sale Trailers,
We’re pretty stoked you’ve joined us to share your stories and get involved in Garage Sale Trail over the years, so we wanted to tell you ours.
It all started with the two of us and our shared love of the coast, music and the environment. Talk of the surf and our suburb, Bondi Beach in Sydney, soon had us collaborating on a community event called ‘Sizzle’. And then a snap decision to include a secondhand sale at the event changed everything.
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 140 councils across the country, last year there were more than 18,000 garage sales over the weekend with over 400,000 Australians hitting the streets to browse over 3 million secondhand items. The average household made over $300, with community groups and schools making a very healthy $1,500.
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!
Our purpose 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.
Peace, love and garage sales,
Andrew and Dazz