Time to put national garage sale day on the calendar

THE simple act of buying and selling at a garage sale can do a lot of "good stuff" beyond making some extra money or discovering a bargain.

Garage sales can be a great way to bring communities together, help save the environment and improve wellbeing.

Now in its sixth year, Garage Sale Trail is a nationwide initiative in which hundreds of thousands of people take part in a big day of garage sales. Last year almost three million pre-loved items went on sale at 13,000 garage sales across the country.

An award-winning sustainability and community campaign, Garage Sale Trail was founded by Andrew Valder and Darryl Nichols. The initiative encourages people to sell or reuse unwanted "stuff", take responsibility for their waste and have fun.People have sold some quirky items including a signed U2 Gold Record, a beachside apartment, a highland cow, a hovercraft and a definitive collection of Star Wars figurines.

Two Swedish girls even set up a roller disco in their garage for the day," Mr Nichols said.

You can put Saturday, October 22, in your diary and register for free at garagesaletrail.com.au.

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