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Garage Sale Trail and the secondhand economy

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure

Last November, Bayside residents turned their unwanted items into cash during the annual Garage Sale Trail, generating more than $35,700 and extending the life of over 44,300 kilograms of pre-loved items, which would otherwise have gone to landfill.

One Bayside participant said it was an “amazingly successful day making friends’ and the ‘community was very happy”. 

In Australia, about 6,000 kgs of clothing and textiles are thrown out every 10 minutes. By participating in the secondhand economy, including donating and purchasing from opportunity shops (op shops) or participating in events like the Garage Sale Trail, we can reduce the amount of reusable goods going to landfill. 

There are many op shops in Bayside. We’ve put together a list of some of the op shop in and around Bayside so find your closest one, and give your stuff a new home or find a pre-loved treasure. Make sure to donate your items during their opening hours!

Here are our top tips for secondhand shopping: 

  1. If you’re shopping for clothes, identify the gaps in your wardrobe and write a list. Walking in without a plan can be overwhelming! 
  2. Sizes can be misleading, especially if something is vintage, so make sure to browse all the size ranges.  
  3. Try everything on!
  4. Don’t forget you can purchase secondhand furniture, toys, kitchen equipment, books and more. 

And when it’s time for a spring clean later this year, don’t forget to register to host a garage sale with Garage Sale Trail 2024. The Trail takes place over two consecutive weekends during November. Even better, jump online and register now! 

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