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$1 Million Raised Australia Wide Through Annual Garage Sale Trail

11 October 2018

Ranking as top council in the state in 2017 and in the top five nationwide, the City is participating again in Australia's annual Garage Sale Trail.

After ranking as top council in the state in 2017 and in the top five nationwide, the City of Melville is participating again in the 2018 multi-award winning community sustainability campaign, the Garage Sale Trail, encouraging schools, community groups and neighbours to host a group sale as part of the event.

Last year 400 sellers and an estimated 5,000 shoppers enjoyed the Garage Sale Trail across the City of Melville, and with the event running over the weekend of Saturday, 20 and Sunday, 21 October this year, over 400,000 Australians across the country are estimated to visit approximately 15,000 garage sales.

Almost $1 million was raised for schools, charities and local community groups nationally last year, with the average school making over $1,500 on one day.

Local school, Brentwood Primary has registered for the Garage Sale Trail for the fourth year running and Principal Pat Nottle says it has been very successful in bringing together local residents and the school community to recycle and have fun, as well as demonstrate to the younger generation how they can have a sustainable future that cares for the environment.

“I am pleased the school has been able to sustain this initiative which was introduced five years ago by the City of Melville. The community, especially the children, look forward to setting up stalls with their parents to sell used goods,” said Principle Nottle.

“We all enjoy catching up and sharing the latest success stories about family members and the school and every year, I meet interesting people as well as make new friends.”

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey met with Garage Sale Trail founder, Andrew Valder during his recent visit to WA councils last week and discussed the importance of decluttering and the statistics stated in the Gumtree Second-hand Economy Report.

“According to the Gumtree Second-hand Economy Report, 89% of Australians have unwanted items in their home with around 25 unwanted or unused items per household and 65% of that being clothing,” said Mayor Aubrey.

“What better way to do some spring cleaning and declutter your home, then to join 400,000 Australians in selling your unwanted treasures for someone else to enjoy and earn a share of the $34 billion second-hand economy”

Garage Sale Trail are still taking free registrations online, and encourage those who are interested in shopping rather than hosting their own sale to visit www.garagesaletrail.com.au and map out a shopping ‘treasure trail.

With just under 200 sales already registered in the City of Melville, the weekend is set to be packed with many opportunities for the community to buy, sell or swap preloved and owned items and reduce the amount that would instead be tossed away.

For more information visit www.garagesaletrail.com.au or call 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.

To view a copy of the Gumtree Second-hand Economy Report download the PDF at www.melvillecity.com.au/garagesaletrail

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