From plants and pushbikes to violins and vinyl, shoppers are sure to snap up a bargain at this weekend’s Garage Sale Trail with a whopping 65 sales registered locally.
Central Highlands Mayor Cr Kerry Hayes said this was council’s fourth consecutive year partnering the event, which has gone from strength to strength.
‘We have the second-most garage sales per capita of the whole state right here in the Central Highlands,’ he said.
‘It’s a bargain hunter’s paradise! The 14,000 items currently registered for sale locally equate to around 550 shopping trolleys of stuff being kept from landfill. That is already a huge win in my book.’
This year, sellers have the option to hold their sale on either Saturday or Sunday, or both.
‘The forecast is for bargains so don’t worry what the weather is doing. Most sales are going ahead rain, hail or shine and we’ll keep an updated list on council’s website.’
Cr Hayes said the event is a fun and social way to promote reuse, reduce waste to landfill, meet the neighbours and make a few extra bucks.
‘People are selling absolutely everything, from sporting memorabilia (Kassidy Dr, Emerald) to plants and succulents (Statesman Dr, Emerald), antiques and artefacts (Bonnie Doon Rd, Capella) and designer clothing at Rolleston’s Beazley Park,’ he said.
But it’s not just about the quirky and the curious. The national event, which will see an estimated 350,000 Australians get involved, has a serious side too.
‘Reusing or selling stuff you no longer want at a garage sale is a great form of sustainability and it’s a great way to meet the neighbours too,’ explained Cr Hayes.
Sellers can register their sale right up until Saturday 21 October, however the treasure map deadline is midday on Wednesday 18 October to enable time for design and distribution.
‘The map is a must-have for shoppers as it will lead them straight to the treasure. Grab a copy in Friday’s CQ Newspaper or print your own here.