Sus­tain­abil­ity push drives garage sale

Great Southern Herald - - News - Sjanna San­dalova Jump on board the Garage Sale Trail by reg­is­ter­ing your own sale for free at garage­sale­

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.”

Pic­ture: Adrian Lan­der

Garage Sale Trail co-founders An­drew Valder and Dar­ryl Ni­chols.

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