National selling and buying weekend


The City of Whyalla will this year be part of Australia’s biggest community and sustainability event, the Garage Sale Trail on Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20.

Residents are encouraged to put secondhand first to reduce waste, the number of new products made and the overall impact of stuff on the planet. Registrations are free and open now for households, schools, community groups and anyone who is up for a weekend of fun

Whyalla households, schools and community groups are set to join over 400,000 people across the country on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October as a part of the ninth annual Garage Sale Trail.

A multi award-winning community and sustainability event, Garage Sale Trail is powered by over 140 local councils nation-wide. It is expected that this year’s weekend long event will involve more Australians than ever before, who will choose to reuse at over 16,000 garage sale events to be held across the country.

 City of Whyalla Events and Tourism Officer, Rebecca Neilson said that the Garage Sale Trail presents a fun and social way for Council to encourage reuse and help educate the community about the impact we can all make when we buy secondhand.

“At the end of the day we need to learn as a society to take responsibility for the waste we create,” Rebecca said.

“Garage Sale Trail provides a way to meet your neighbours and connect with the broader community whilst also decluttering and raising money for yourself or charity.  We're really pleased to be involved in this grass roots national event as reducing waste and bringing community together are priorities for both Council and residents.”

Last year on average:
  • Household garage sales made $309
  • Participants connected with 46 local people
  • More than 500kgs of stuff was sold and re-distributed at each garage sale

Event organisers project that more than 2 million items will be listed for sale and reuse.


“The sellers who have a bit of fun with their garage sale name and go to town on marketing are the ones who bring home the bacon and sell the most” said Garage Sale Trail Co-Founder Andrew Valder.

“Garage sale names like Sale Of The Century, The Almost-Deceased Estate Sale, It’s a Divorce, and the Crap & Crepes Sale stick in our minds. At The Crap & Crepes Sale four students from France gave away a crepe with every purchase. You can see how businesses start in garages!”

The first 1250 sellers who register before the September 10 will receive a free seller pack with posters, price tags and more to help you have a winning garage sale.

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Garage Sale Trail is a not-for-profit social enterprise founded by Sydney mates, Darryl Nichols and Andrew Valder. 

It seeks to educate Australians on the importance of reuse, and the need to take individual responsibility for the impact of our consumption habit whilst also building stronger, more connected and more resilient communities.

Now in its ninth year  nationally, the program has grown from a grass roots idea in Bondi Beach where it started in 2010. Garage Sale Trail is powered by over 140 councils nationally.   


Garage Sale Trail

Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20, 2019

Happening in Whyalla and across Australia

Register now at


City of Whyalla Events and Tourism Officer, Rebecca Neilson 8640 3444.

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