Bargains on Trail
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.
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.