Media Release – REGISTRATIONS OPEN FOR GARAGE SALE TRAIL

Celebrate what’s good in your neighbourhood and take part in the annual Garage Sale Trail event on Saturday, October 22.

Last year’s event saw 350,000 participants involved nationally, with almost 3 million items listed for sale at over 13,000 garage sales across the country.

Bundaberg Regional Council Waste and Recycling portfolio spokesperson Cr Scott Rowleson said the initiative aimed to encourage reuse, unite communities, create awareness around the issues of illegal dumping, provide a platform for fundraising and inspire creativity.

“The Garage Sale Trail is an excellent opportunity to have a bit of a spring clean and join the hundreds of thousands of people across the country on the day and be a part of a national reuse, community and sustainable living movement,” Cr Rowleson said.

“Registration is free and anyone can take part, whether its residents, schools, community groups or businesses.

“Rather than see recyclable goods end up in landfill, you can make some extra cash by selling them as part of Garage Sale Trail while helping to reduce the impact on Council’s waste facilities.”

Garage Sale Trail Co-Founder Darryl Nichols said that creativity, self-expression and ‘good stuff’ have always been an important part of the Garage Sale Trail initiative.

“We absolutely love the unexpected interpretations of garage sales that we see on the day,” Mr Nichols said.

“In the past, people have sold some quirky items including a signed U2 Gold Record, a beachside apartment, a highland cow, a hovercraft and a definitive collection of Star Wars figurines.”

Cr Rowleson said for any residents that wanted to take part in Garage Sale Trail but did not wish to hold a garage sale at their home could once again take part in the Staff of Bundaberg Regional Council Relay for Life team’s Rummage for Relay at Daph Geddes Park.

“In previous years Council received feedback from residents wishing to take part in a centralised Garage Sale Trail event and the Staff of Bundaberg Regional Council Relay for Life team has taken this on as an annual fundraiser for Cancer Council Queensland.

“The Rummage for Relay offers a range of site sizes to suit any type of sale with a $5 suitcase site, $10 car boot or stall sites and large stall sites for $15. Anyone with something to sell that doesn’t want to host their own sale can join the Rummage for Relay and help to raise funds for a terrific cause.”

Application forms for the Rummage for Relay can be found at bundaberg.qld.gov.au.

To register your own site for Garage Sale Trail, which is open to all households, local businesses, schools and community groups, head to garagesaletrail.com.au. For anyone without access to a computer, pop in to any Council Service Centre to collect a postal registration form which can be completed and mailed to Garage Sale Trail.

The first 2500 sellers in the region to register by September 25 will receive a free promotional pack with posters and flyers to help maximise sale success.

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MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Media Officer, Megan Dean Ph: 0409 392 236
Senior Media Officer, Wayne Heidrich Ph: 0438 638 407
Media and Marketing Manager, Megan Magill Ph: 0439 402 715
Email: communications@bundaberg.qld.gov.au

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