Treasure Hunting at Moreton Bay Garage Sales

There’s no better feeling than finding some pre-loved treasure at a bargain price and this year’s Moreton Bay Region Garage Sale Trail on November 21st and 22nd is shaping up to be a wonderful weekend of sustainable shopping.

Mayor Peter Flannery encouraged people to get involved, but emphasised the need to abide by social distancing and hygiene guidelines.

‘Garage sales are a great way to give unused items around your house a second life and by reusing things we reduce the amount of goods going to landfill as waste, so this is a fantastic event,’ Flannery said.

‘We’ll put up a page on Council’s website listing the locations of people who register to participate in the event but I again want to remind people of the need to take personal responsibility for their hygiene during this pandemic.’

Garage Sale Trail is a not-for-profit social enterprise founded by Sydney mates, Darryl Nichols and Andrew Valder. It seeks to educate Australians on the importance of reuse, and the need to take individual responsibility for the impact of our consumption habit whilst also building stronger, more connected and more resilient communities.

Currently, in its tenth year, the program has grown from a grassroots idea in Bondi Beach where it started in 2010 and is now powered by over 140 councils nationally. 

‘Selling stuff you no longer need at a Garage Sale Trail is a great way to do your bit for the environment and meet some of your neighbours at the same time, which is important in such an unusual year, ’said Mr Flannery.

‘Last year it was great to see families and even neighbours come together to host sales, some garage sales even raised funds for charities including one that helped build a school in Kenya.’

So if you have a wardrobe that is overflowing with unused clothes or maybe you have a pile of items clogging up the garage, why not become a seller at this years’ Garage Sale Trail? More information can be found at www.garagesaletrail.com.au

Did you know? According to Gumtree’s 2019 Secondhand Economy Report, 89% of Australians have unwanted stuff and 33% admit to throwing unwanted items in the bin. These unwanted items are valued at over $43 billion in total Australia-wide.

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