More than 45 residences on the Peninsula took part in last year’s Garage Sale Trail, with Central Coast Council hoping even more will participate in this year’s event on November 21-22.
Australia’s biggest community and sustainability event sees a huge weekend of garage sales and has become part of the Coast community’s commitment to reducing landfill and providing opportunities to reduce waste.
Council’s Unit Manager for Waste Services and Business Development, Andrew Pearce, said more than 15,000 residents were involved Coastwide last year.
“Our community’s enthusiasm for ‘upcycling’ and second-hand shopping resulted in over 150,000 items being given a new life and saved over 112,000 kilograms of preloved items from potential landfill,” Pearce said.
“By diverting these resources from landfill the event has positive impacts for our environment and helps to show how reuse and recycling benefits the community, with last year’s event generating $97,000 worth of sales for the local economy.
“If you have something in good (or reasonable) condition that you are thinking of throwing out, how about trying to sell it instead?
“Grab the opportunity to join this incredible movement and help the Central Coast Community beat our 2019 record of 513 garage sales registered.”
This year the event will be operating under COVID-19 safety guidelines and offers the innovative option of virtual garage sales and other ways to get involved online.”
Garage Sale Trail Co-Founder, Andrew Valder, said it is projected more than two million items will be listed for sale and diverted from landfill across over 16,000 garage sale events nationally over the Garage Sale Trail weekend.
The online element will work to keep people safe during the pandemic but also assist sellers in finding the perfect match for their pre-loved items – no matter their location.
For those hosting or shopping at physical sales, Garage Sale Trail will provide guidelines to ensure COVID-19 restrictions and safety precautions are in place.
You’ll also receive tips and tricks, as well as marketing material to help achieve the best result from your sale.
Council’s participation in the 2020 Garage Sale Trail weekend is fully funded through a grant from the NSW Government Better Waste Recycling Fund.
The National event involves 115 Councils around Australia.
Register and view sales near you online at garagesaletrail.com.au/centralcoast
Media release, Oct 26
Central Coast Council