With more than 60 sites on offer around the city, Wollongong’s Garage Sale Trail promises to offer plenty of surprises and a great opportunity to uncover a pre-loved treasure.
This year’s Garage Sale Trail, on 19 and 20 October, will be among the biggest since its inception in 2010. Organisers predict more than 400,000 people will take part in this year’s sales across 18,000 garage sales nationally.
Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said the garage sales offer a fantastic way of selling stuff you no longer need or finding that vintage fashion or quirky collectable item.
“Council gladly supports this national event as it diverts a lot of material from landfill at Whytes Gully and it encourages people to get to know their neighbours by attending the garage sales,” Cr Bradbery said. “With thousands of items for sale, you never know what you’ll find.”
Using the website shoppers can map out sales they would like to visit over the weekend free by searching the map and creating their own personalised Garage Sale Trail.
“With thousands of listings on the Trail there’s a wealth of weird and wonderful things for sale around the country this year including oodles of pre-loved and vintage fashion, over 500 dance costumes, blacksmithing tools, a collection of Simpsons memorabilia, a 100 year old American organ and a room full of treasures that a family in Queensland found in a hidden room they found in their new house,” Garage Sale Trail Co-Founder Andrew Valder said.
According to the Gumtree’s 2019 Secondhand Economy Report, 89 per cent of Australians have unwanted stuff and 33 per cent admit to throwing unwanted items in the waste bin. Nationally these unwanted items are valued at over $43 billion.
Pictured is Wollongong City Lord Mayor Cr Gordon Bradbery AM with Rhiannon Marshall, Secretary of the Corrimal Public School P&C, and Jennifer McCormack, Fund Raising Coordinator with Corrimal PS P&C.