Anna Weatherlake, Eco Warrior - Garage Sale Trail Ambassador
What’s your name and where are you from?
Anna Weatherlake from Melbourne.
Why are you excited to be a Garage Sale Trail ambassador?
I’m excited to be an ambassador for the Garage Sale Trail to create awareness of the alarming rate in which Australia’s waste is growing. Promoting a more sustainable Australia is something I really enjoy and hopefully it encourages more people to think twice about their recycling habits (or lack of) so we can all work toward creating a greener, cleaner and more sustainable community.
What’s the best thing about garage sales?
Garage sales are a fantastic opportunity to turn your trash into someone else’s treasure and vice versa. There are so many awesome things to be found! Not only that, they are a great way to reduce your environmental impact by lessening your burden on landfill.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever bought at a garage sale?
A beautiful, old chair with a great frame and structure that I had reupholstered. It’s one of my favourite pieces! It just needed some TLC at the time. I think I paid about $15 for it from memory.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen for sale at a garage sale?
A semi-deflated blow-up doll. That was interesting.
What would be your dream garage sale find?
Again, a beautiful, old chair with a great shape and structure that I could reupholster and make my own. Well made furniture never loses its appeal.
Who would be in your dream garage band ?
Florence Welch, Kygo, Martin Garrix and Adele. An interesting combo.
What’s the most treasured possession in your garage?
My reformer pilates machine.
Whose second hand shoes would you most like to walk in?
Stella McCartney. Super stylish, cruelty-free and made with sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.
What’s your best tip for ‘garage sale etiquette?’
Never forget your manners - they are always important! And don’t forget your cash either.
What’s your top sustainability tip?
Avoid plastic as much as you possibly can. When grocery shopping, use reusable cloth bags. If eating out, decline plastic straws and utensils. And when it comes to household rubbish, compost and recycle as much as you can. Making small changes like these are fantastic ways to help the environment and reduce your personal impact.