Garage Sale Trail: Bassendean households, community groups and school banding together


Andrew Valder and Darryl Nichols.
Andrew Valder and Darryl Nichols.

A GROUP of 22 Bassendean households, community groups and a school will be coming together to reduce waste to landfill for the Garage Sale Trail next month.

Casa Mia Montessori Community School, Bassendean Arts Community Group and AshfieldCAN are among those hosting a garage sale on October 22.

In 2015, there were almost three million goods on sale across more than 13,000 garage sales around the country.

Garage Sale Trail co-founder Andrew Valder said the event will return to Bassendean for the first time in a couple of years.

“We are trying to help encourage people to rethink the idea of what waste is and we are also trying to bring the community together,” he said.

“There are all sorts of charities involved from religious groups, sporting clubs to local community groups.

“It is really wonderful to see how schools use Garage Sale Trail to teach entrepreneurial skills and the importance of sustainability.”

Mr Valder said some sellers exercised their “entrepreneur from within” for the event.

“(We) definitely see there are some really wonderful interpretations of what garage sales are whether it is music or baking cakes,” he said.

“From a colour perspective, the sellers get right into the spirit of it on the day like getting dressed up, playing music and putting up wonderful signage.

“For shoppers, it is about having a really local shopping experience and stumbling across something generally pretty unique or a bargain.”