Now in its fifth year, Garage Sale Trail is expanding to all Australian states and territories for the first time ever. If you haven’t heard of it before, here are the basics:
- It’s happening on Saturday 24 October (mark it in your diary, folks)
- It’s a fun and social way to promote reuse and reduce the amount of waste going into landfill
- Over 400,000 Aussies are expected to hit the streets this year – join them!
So what’s it all about? Well, it’s Australia’s biggest event to promote sustainability, meeting the neighbours, having fun, and making money all at the same time. Everyone can get involved, whether as a seller (host a sale as an individual or as a group, fundraise for a cause) or a buyer (simply turn up and get ready to hunt for the treasure in your neighbourhood).
To celebrate the launch on 19 August, Archibald Prize finalist Paul Ryan unveiled his homage to reuse – a one-of-a-kind portrait of Garage Sale Trail’s ambassador and TV personality Barry Du Bois, made from a discarded object saved from landfill. Pretty impressive.
“For me painting on discarded objects is a fun and playful way to make artwork. As I apply paint serendipity steps in. The idea is to look for the accidental poetry and run with it,” says Paul. His style is an exciting example of how sustainability and creativity can be combined to create something special. So come October, head to a sale near you and see what inspiration strikes.
Interested in registering? Garage Sale Trail registrations are open now and include a seller webpage with access to digital promotional materials. Register before 25 September and they’ll throw in a free promotional pack with a whole swag of printed goodies.