Recycler leads way on trail

Karen Thompson (far right) and her neighbours are taking part in the Garage Sale Trail.
Karen Thompson (far right) and her neighbours are taking part in the Garage Sale Trail.

More than 20 households in the street will participate, led by keen recycler Karen Thompson, who has seen what happens to items we throw away at Tamala Park’s landfill and recycling depot.

‘I’m really interested in recycling and reusing and (the sale) is an opportunity for people to get rid of what they don’t want,’ she said.

‘We’re a wasteful society; it’s easy to say ‘let’s toss it in the bin’, but why not encourage other people to use it?

‘You’re getting money, they’re saving money, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.’

Mrs Thompson said her neighbours had been busy preparing for the garage sale and would sell a range of items including toys, exercise equipment, furniture, household goods, paintings and plants.

She said the event also encouraged neighbours to meet each other.

‘There’s a lovely atmosphere, it gives a sense of community, I think it’s nice to get to know your neighbours,’ she said.

‘I don’t think many people would have their own garage sale and do it by themselves, but because it’s the whole street, they are happy to be involved.’