South Perth residents repurpose and reuse items for Garage Sale Trail

Garage Sale Trail co-founder Andrew Valder with City of South Perth Deputy Mayor Glenn Cridland.
Garage Sale Trail co-founder Andrew Valder with City of South Perth Deputy Mayor Glenn Cridland.

THE iconic weekend activity of finding hidden gems at garage sales will be celebrated this month when thousands of Australians take part in the Garage Sale Trail.

City of South Perth households, schools and community groups will join the more than 400,000 Australians taking part in the eighth annual event from October 20-21.

About 50 garage sales within the City are registered for the weekend, designed to promote a fun and social way to encourage people to reuse and repurpose items.

As part of the campaign, Deputy Mayor Glenn Cridland updated his wardrobe with a colourful jacket made from repurposed clothing and fabric designed by Julie Paterson of ScrapClothFabric.

“We know that at most garage sales in our community often the largest number of items being sold is clothing,” he said.

“I’m wearing this fantastic blazer to encourage everyone in the City of South Perth to become a reuse Trail Blazer with me when Garage Sale Trail comes to town.”

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, people buy about 27kg of clothing and fast fashion a year and discard about 23kg, which ends up in landfill.

Two-thirds of the items sent to landfill are manmade synthetic fibres that won’t break down.

Garage Sale Trail co-founder Darryl Nichols said he wanted to see people selling their old clothes and giving them a new life so they don’t end up in landfill.

Garage Sale Trail

Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21

Register at garagesaletrail.com.au