What is Garage Sale Trail

Garage Sale Trail is happening right across Australia on Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 October 2020. It’s a big weekend encouraging us to put secondhand first and minimise our impact on the planet.

In our book, small actions drive BIG change. So while one garage sale on its own won’t make much difference, hundreds of thousands of Aussies joining our trail packs some real punch.

When we get together in the streets, community centres and schools to buy, sell and reuse, at garage sales over a weekend… well, that’s a massive chapter we’re rewriting. Kinda makes you want to get stuck it, doesn’t it?

Garage Sale Trail happens with the support of Local Council partners across the country and nearly 400,000 bargain hunting, reuse loving Australians shopping and selling at more than 18,000 garage sale events Australia-wide.

Every garage sale has a unique style and gets a sale page that provides clues to who's involved, what’s on offer and anything else that’s going down. It’s like a treasure map to second hand greatness. Likewise, shoppers can search for sales, items of interest and make your own Trail of favourite sales to checkout. Registrations open Tuesday 4 August 2020.

Join the movement this October and help us spread the word. Let’s choose to reuse and join the over 400, 000 Aussies putting second hand first!

When the whole country starts putting second hand first, the impacts are huge!

Andrew Valder


So you want us to Choose to Reuse…

Cool story bro. No really man, why tho?

We can’t consume our way out of the War on Waste and we know that our problems are multiplied by the billions of us consuming the same products over and over. And us crazy cats in Australia, well we really are some of the biggest waste offenders, aren’t we. But why else? Surely this is bigger than just waste?

Yeah man, it is.

Every item we ever own starts and ends back in the ground eventually, us included. And when you think about it, any new product requires:

● All that energy to dig that stuff up

● All the effort to make it

● All the ways of transporting it and

● then the processes to get rid of it safely at the end of its life.


So everytime you reuse something you could be reducing the need for a potentially new item to be used for that purpose on that occasion. The impact of any product on our world is highly sensitive to the number of times it is used in its lifetime. So reuse is a pretty great place to start when we want to improve our consumption footprint. Plus if you can do it in an amazing pair of vintage shoes, you damn well should, right?

Garage Sale Trail happens with the support of Local Council partners across the country and nearly 400,000 bargain hunting, reuse loving Australians shopping and selling at more than 18,000 garage sale events Australia-wide. That’s some serious consumption reduction.