Sustainability push drives garage sale
A national campaign is encouraging communities to reuse their waste responsibly in a bid to create positive environmental change.
The Garage Sale Trail is back and will now run across a weekend-long event on Saturday and Sunday.
More than 350,000 people are expected to take part in the multi-award-winning sustainability and community campaign, as households, community groups, charities, local businesses and schools Australiawide come together for the seventh annual event.
Powered by 150 local councils, the cause is supported by the Shire of Wagin and Shire of Lake Grace this year. It aims to promote reuse, celebrate creativity and connect communities in a fun and social way.
Shire of Wagin community liaison officer Donna George said so far there were six garage sales in the area of Wagin, including a sale by Wagin Youth Centre.
“We have begun collecting old shoes, tying them together and tossing them over a large tree on the road side of the centre, the kids have found this to be a great deal of fun and quite challenging,” she said.
“For our Garage Sale Trail, we have decided to incorporate the shoe tree in our sale by inviting local people to bring along their old shoes to toss into the tree, for a free sausage sizzle.
“We are hoping for an extra 100 shoes swinging in the tree by the end of our sale day.”
Garage Sale Trail co-founder Andrew Valder said the event encouraged Australians to think about how they could take responsibility for the waste they create.
“The great news is, items that are reused won’t end up in council collections or in landfill,” he said.
“The event is also a simple way for people to meet and talk to people in their community, as well as fundraise.”
Garage Sale Trail co-founders Andrew Valder and Darryl Nichols.