Livingstone Shire Council has joined Australia’s biggest community and sustainability event, the Garage Sale Trail, to highlight waste reduction by encouraging everyone to put their second-hand stuff – first.
To be held on Saturday 19 October and Sunday 20 October, it’s expected that this year’s weekend long event will involve more Australians than ever before, who will choose to reuse at over 16,000 garage sale events to be held across the country.
Livingstone Shire households, schools and community groups are set to join over 400,000 people across the country, as residents are being encouraged to reduce the number of new products made and the overall impact on the planet of the goods we use and consume.
A multi award-winning community and sustainability event, Garage Sale Trail is powered by over 140 local councils nation-wide.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said Garage Sale Trail presents a fun and social way for Council to encourage reuse and help educate the community about the impact we can all make when we buy second-hand.
“At the end of the day, we need to learn as a society to take responsibility for the waste we create,” Mayor Ludwig said.
Waste Management Councillor Adam Belot said the Garage Sale Trail provides a way to meet your neighbours and connect with the broader community whilst also decluttering and raising money for yourself or charity.
“Council is really pleased to be involved in this grass roots national event, as reducing waste and bringing community together are priorities for both Council and residents,” Cr Belot said.
“Registrations are free and open now for households, schools, community groups and anyone who is up for a weekend of fun.”
Event organisers project that more than 2 million items will be listed for sale and reuse.
“The sellers who have a bit of fun with their garage sale name and go to town on marketing are the ones who bring home the bacon and sell the most,” Garage Sale Trail Co-Founder Andrew Valder said.
The first 1,250 sellers who register before the 10 September will receive a free seller pack with posters, price tags and more to help you have a winning garage sale.
Host a sale or shop the Trail at www.garagesaletrail.com.au/livingstone
Last year on average:
? Household garage sales made $309
? Participants connected with 46 local people
? More than 500kgs of stuff was sold and re-distributed at each garage sale