7 October 2022

Snowy Valleys steps up for national trash to treasure initiative

| Edwina Mason
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Snowy Valleys Council has supported the Garage Sale Trail for the past six years and locals are already signing up for the 2022 festival. Photo: Garage Sale Trail.

Snowy Valleys residents again have the opportunity to choose their own planet-saving adventure when the Garage Sale Trail, Australia’s festival of pre-loved stuff, returns to the Snowy Mountains foothills this spring.

The event is now in its 12th year nationally, having grown from a grassroots idea initiated by Sydney mates Darryl Nichols and Andrew Valder in Bondi Beach back in 2010 to being supported by 100 councils nationally alongside the NSW Government and NSW EPA.

For shoppers, it has matured into Australia’s biggest pre-loved treasure hunt with 3 million items up for grabs at 10,000 garage sales nationally.

From acid-wash denim to leg warmers, vintage vinyl, Rubik’s Cubes and even the odd banana phone, you’ll find all sorts of epic stuff at ’80s prices over two huge Garage Sale Trail sale weekends.

This year it will take place over four weekends from 29 October to 20 November and looks likely to attract 300,000 Australians who will participate as sellers and shoppers.

Garage Sale Trail has been powered locally by Snowy Valleys Council for six of those years.

The council says it’s proud to support the event again this year, as it’s a fun way for residents to connect, make some money and keep good stuff out of landfill.

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Darryl Nichols and Andrew Valder are the pair behind the recycling initiative that is now in its 12th year. Photo: Garage Sale Trail.

“This is a chance to declutter and sell pre-loved goods or shop the trail and snag a guilt-free bargain,” said a council spokesperson.

“Keeping stuff in use for as long as we can, by buying or selling it at a garage sale, makes sense for the planet and for participants.”

Peter Long of Batlow has already registered a toy car sale for Saturday, 19 November, from 10 am to 3:30 pm.

He says he has a number of special toy cars for collectors.

“Some are still in original packaging,” he said, “and some may be rare as they were left to me by a friend and I am selling to get some money towards his funeral costs.”

But the Garage Sale Trail also acts as an educational tool in encouraging residents to learn more about the circular economy.

This year, along with the garage sales, community members can also be part of the Trail Tutorials, a series of inspiring and educational talks about sustainable fashion and renovations.

The free online tutorials run between 29 October and 5 November and feature Australian designer and building expert Barry Du Bois, ABC journalist Annabel Crabb and comedian Craig Reucassel, alongside experts in fashion, home renovations and the circular economy.

Then, over two weekends on 12-13 and 19-20 November, garage sales will be hosted simultaneously around the nation.

Snowy Valleys Council says this year, sellers with a PayPal account can accept touch-free payments via PayPal QR codes without needing to exchange cash or payment information.

Shoppers with a PayPal account can scan these QR codes with their PayPal app to make touch-free payments.

Register your sale and find out more at www.svc.nsw.gov.au/garage-sale-trail.

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