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Community and Wellbeing

Garage Sale Trail events help save money and the environment

30 Oct. 2020

The multi-award-winning Garage Sale Trail event is part of The Barossa Council’s commitment to reducing landfill and supporting residents to reduce waste and reuse at home.

Since seller registrations opened six weeks ago over 196 sales have been registered locally, making The Barossa Council the second leading council in the country in number of registered sales for this year’s Garage Sale Trail event to be held over 21 and 22 November.

“We are pleased with the community response to this initiative – it’s an excellent way for people to make a little extra cash but importantly to reduce consumption and waste, plus it’s a great way to connect with your community,”

– Mayor Bim Lange.

According to Gumtree’s 2020 Secondhand Economy Report, 85% of Australians have unwanted stuff which is nationally valued at over $46 billion. Garage Sale Trail, which is Australia’s largest weekend of garage sales across the country, provides Australians with the chance to re-home these items.

The Garage Sale Trail team have also ‘pandemic proofed’ this year’s event through the introduction of online sales, free online masterclasses and COVID-safe sales tips.

It is estimated that last year 15,282 kg of items were reused locally, of which 31% would have likely otherwise gone to landfill. Additionally, 85% of those involved indicated they were more likely to reduce waste as a result of their participation.

– The Barossa Council 2019 Garage Sale Trail impact report

“We know this initiative is a positive waste management method and so we are encouraging as many residents to get involved as possible,” said Mayor Lange.

Register for free to host a sale or shop the Trail.

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