We asked Founder, Yvette Dubourdieu, about her experiences with garage sales and what Ellaslist is looking forward to most with this year's Garage Sale Trail.
Why are you excited to support Garage Sale Trail this year?
At ellaslist.com.au we're all about the power and strength of local community, making discovery easier and connecting parents with amazing things to do locally.
Garage Sale Trail is an extraordinary initiative, not only by the vast impact on reducing unnecessary landfill and waste by selling unwanted items - but what we love most is the connections and buzz it creates locally each year. We live in an increasingly busy and digital world and our time spent making real world connections are often limited by time. Becoming an active part of your community is so important - it makes you happy! - and that means getting out and discovering it - you'll be surprised and delighted when you make more effort to connect with the amazing people in it.
We've met so many of our neighbours each year at the Trail, it's a great day to catch up, chat, talk and meet new people - as well as the opportunity to clear your unwanted items and grab yourself some bargains - what's not to love.
What is your role?
I am the Founder and Director of ellaslist, founded in 2010, and named after my daughter, Ella - we are a hyper local platform that connects 300,000 parents across Sydney & Melbourne with great things to do in their local community and city. Raising kids is hard work and parents need daily inspiration, we list 1000's of amazing finds from localised events, classes and activities and inspiration for weekends with the family. We believe in the power of community and that real connection is more than a strong wifi signal! Local is everything to parents, being involved and feeling connected to your community makes a huge difference to your wellbeing - and that's what we're all about - living and loving local.
Best thing you have bought at a garage sale
Vinyl! we're always on the look out for amazing records. We bought a turntable a few years ago and it was the best thing in our family - we watch much less TV, and really enjoy listening to whole albums instead of flicking through digital devices. This year I'm on the hunt for an electric guitar .... simply because I think it might be fun (sorry neighbours!)
Dream garage band
Erm ... no particular musical talent to be proud of right now, but if I find my electric guitar at the sale - expect some bad Nirvana from our garage.
Whose garage sale you would most like to attend
I'll be searching the website the week before for my bargain routes - but most of all I'm really looking forward to browsing the neighbourhood. I live in Bondi, where Garage Sale began - it's really buzzy and fun on the day.