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Why take part in Garage Sale Trail?

Garage Sale Trail is Australia’s festival of pre-loved stuff. But why should you participate? And if you do, how can you make the most of your efforts? Luckily we are here to answer all your questions. We’re super helpful like that.


What’s so big about this festival?


250,000 Australians shop or sell at over 10,000 garage sales online and, where restrictions allow, in the community over two big weekends (13-14 & 20-21 November). With so many people comes lots of impact, and each year over 1.5 million kgs of stuff is sold and saved from landfill.


The festival attracts lots of media coverage and is promoted by over 100 councils around Australia. This gets heaps of people to the website (2 million+ eyeballs every year) to help promote and share your sale. Think about it as a normal garage sale, but bigger, better, more connected and with heaps more support.


How can I make my sale red hot?


Like anything, a great name and lots of character are sure fire ways to make sure your sale stands out. Think of it like a dating App, but for garage sales...You want to put your best sale self forward, right?


Get creative and make sure your buyers will be swiping right on your sale by sharing what you’re got going on - think special guests, music, entertainment and free giveaways. Yep, that’s the sort of milkshake that will bring ALL the boys to the yard.


And if your milkshake sells out before the sale or things change, you can edit your sale at any time, simply by logging in to your Garage Sale Trail account. Most garage sales run from 9am – 2pm which makes it a great time to set yours up too. Boom, that's a match.


Ok, what you going to give me for it?


Well, we’ll make it easy by providing tools and tips. You’ll get:


🪄 Tips, tricks and free promo materials - once you've signed up you'll get a bunch of free promo materials, from posters to bunting, letterbox slips and more, as well as access to tips, tricks and support by email and from the garage sale community via Facebook support groups and more.


🧴 Ways to be involved covid-safely - register a virtual garage sale and take part irrespective of restrictions where you are. Or if restrictions allow, take part safely in your neighbourhood with a Covid-safe garage sale toolkit and touch-free QR code payments enabled by PayPal*. All provided when you sign up.


Setting up your garage sale listing takes less than five minutes, but a good garage sale will live on in the memories of your neighbours for like forever. So, in the immortal words of Nickelback, what are you waiting for?


Check Covid-19 restrictions where you are before hosting a garage sale in the community and follow the relevant public health guidelines.