Bar­gains on Trail

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Madeleine Stephens

There’s plenty of lo­cal places to rummage for a bar­gain dur­ing this week­end’s Garage Sale Trail.

LO­CAL house­holds, schools and com­mu­nity groups will join more than 400,000 Aus­tralians tak­ing part in the eighth an­nual Garage Sale Trail on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21.

If you like scroung­ing for home­wares, games, arts and crafts, tools and the odd rac­quet, get on the trail and hit up the Hig­gins Park Ten­nis Club in Vic­to­ria Park.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Nick Frkovich said the club was tak­ing part in the na­tion-wide event to help raise money for new courts.

“At the mo­ment we only have four hard courts with lights on them and the de­mand is in­creas­ing at the club for peo­ple to play so­cially,” he said.

“We just don’t have enough courts to be able to ac­com­mo­date ev­ery­one, which means we are po­ten­tially los­ing new mem­bers to the club.”

An­other lo­cal group hop­ing to sell its goods for good is the Cloverdale Star­ick Op Shop, which is fundrais­ing to sup­port its work help­ing women and chil­dren es­cape fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Jane Cornes Ma­clean said the trea­sures would be on sale from 9am to 3pm on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20, and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21.

“We have an op shop over­flow­ing with greatqual­ity cloth­ing, toys, books, shoes, bed­ding, home­wares, jew­ellery and we are very lucky that we get that do­nated,” she said.

“Be­cause we are a bit off the beaten track we have some re­ally great stuff and bar­gains that I think peo­ple re­ally en­joy – from de­signer dresses to merchandise.”

City of South Perth house­holds, schools and com­mu­nity groups will also join the trail, with about 50 garage sales reg­is­tered for the week­end, de­signed to pro­mote a fun and so­cial way to en­cour­age peo­ple to re­use and re­pur­pose items.

In an ef­fort to en­cour­age res­i­dents to get in­volved, Deputy Mayor Glenn Crid­land up­dated his wardrobe last week with a colour­ful jacket made from re­pur­posed cloth­ing and fab­ric de­signed by Julie Pater­son of ScrapClothFabric.

“We know that at most garage sales in our com­mu­nity of­ten the largest num­ber of items be­ing sold is cloth­ing,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics, peo­ple buy about 27kg of cloth­ing a year and dis­card about 23kg, which ends up in land­fill.

Two-thirds of the items sent to land­fill are man­made syn­thetic fi­bres that will not break down.

Garage Sale Trail co­founder Dar­ryl Ni­chols said he wanted to see peo­ple sell­ing their old clothes and giv­ing them a new life so they did not end up in land­fill.

Visit garage­sale­trail. com.au to find a full map of the garage sales and to reg­is­ter your own.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d487339

Back: Garage Sale Trail co-founder An­drew Valder and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son with (front) Chiara Roberts, Blake Roberts, Hig­gins Park Ten­nis Club mem­ber­ship of­fi­cer Dave Roberts, Hig­gins Park Ten­nis Club fundrais­ing co-or­di­na­tor Nick Frkovich and Olivia Frkovich.

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