How to forge ahead on the Garage Sale Trail

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Man I loves me a garage sale. If not for the bargains, then definitely for the insight into other people’s lives. All garage sales are like an archaeological dig – some dating back earlier than others.

I simply have not done enough garage saleing since the kids came along, but all that is going to change next weekend: October 26 is the Garage Sale Trail.

Now in its third year, the Garage Sale Trail has grown yet again and I am thrilled to see quite a few roll-a-doors preparing to reveal their goods in my area. If you’ve not heard of it, Garage Sale Trail is a nation-wide, organised, mass sale-off with sustainability and community in mind. The organisers reckon they’ve redirected one million items from landfill, helped raise $3 million in local fundraising, and convinced 800,000 Australians to to meet say “g’day”to their neighbours…

Pretty cool huh?

It’s not too late to register your garage sale, just head to the website and click on “get involved”.  You can find my deeply insightful thoughts of hosting a successful garage sale here.

If you’re in the market for some bargains, here are my tips for making the most of the Garage Sale Trail (or any garage sale for that matter):

  • Get organised the night before by creating your Treasure Trail and planning where you’ll go first
  • Don’t be a lazy bones – the early bird definitely catches the Fireman Sam box set.
  • If you’re going to bargain, don’t make stupid offers. It’s annoying and rude.
  • Acknowledge the people, hell why not chat to them?
  • Take your time and really look around, don’t be afraid to hunt through the boxes of toys or clothes.
  • Know the value of things so you can spot a true bargain.
  • Carry small notes and coins.
  • Give your kids some money and let them discover the joys of second-hand.

What are your bargain-hunting tips? Come on, share!!



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