GARAGE SALE TRAIL!!

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Garage Sale Trail is the biggest reuse and community event in the country and a fun way for people to turn everyday actions like buying and selling in to a people powered reuse movement with wide sustainability and community impacts.
  • Garage Sale Trail is on Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 October 2018
  • Registrations open August 10, 2018
  • Register via their website www.garagesaletrail.com.au
  • Or download a registration form here and register via post
  • Join the conversation #garagesaletrail #choosetoreuse

Click on link - Garage Sale Trail website

This year's National Garage Sale Trail, Australia’s biggest sustainability and community event will be a weekend-long event held on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October 2018.

The 2017 event saw record participation in communities across NSW. 
Over 380,000 Australians got involved in the event at 16,122 garage sales and stalls to see over 2.4 million items listed for sale / reuse at an approximate value of $15.8 million. 
Why get involved?

  • The project will reduce waste going to landfill
  • Encourages community connections
  • Declutter your house
  • Meet new neighbours
  • Earn some extra cash
Garage Sale Trail, is a free, fun and social way to declutter, meet the neighbours and make a little pocket money.  
It encourages us all to reuse the items we no longer want and get to know our community better.   We all know that recycling is great but reusing items you no longer want is even better.   It extends the value of the items we buy and takes pressure off the planet’s precious resources.

For more information, please click here to be directed to Garage Sale Trail website. 
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HOW YOU CAN REUSE EVERY DAY

Hosting or shopping at garage sales is a great way to reuse and re-love stuff that might otherwise have become waste.  After the Garage Sale Trail party is over, you can keep the good reuse vibes flowing everyday, by making reuse part of every day.

REPAIR AND MAINTAIN

If a button falls off, or a little hole appears in your fave threads, don't chuck it, repair it!  You'll save money and time compared to hitting the shops for a replacement.

If you have something a bit more tricky that needs some love to bring it back to its best, there are amazing organisations like Men's Sheds around, that offer repair services and teach the art of DIY maintenance.

UPCYCLE

You can use glass jars for all sorts of stuff - vases, food storage, keeping your craft goodies tidy and heaps more.

The sky's the limit -  precious but unwearable clothing can become  fab cushion covers, an old gumball container could become a fishtank, pallets can become furniture and pretty much anything can become a planter!

CHANGE TO MULTIPLE USE

Australians use about a billion disposable coffee cups each year, and most of them end up in landfill. Make a dent in reducing that pile by bringing your own reusable coffee cup or mug to your friendly barista every day.  Many cafes will even reward you with a discount!

Swap out your single use batteries for rechargeables and save heaps of waste, and the effort of responsible recycling. Throw them in the bin and they leach all sorts of toxic matter like lead and mercury into the earth.

BUYING WISELY

Think about the lifespan of an item before you buy it. If buying clothing, is it a classic you can wear season after season?  Is it well made, so it will look good every season?  If you need an outfit for a special occasion, you can event rent designer fashion online.

If you're buying a big ticket item, the quality and lifespan is just as, if not more, important. Check out reviews before you hand over your cash.

Charities like Vinnies, the Salvos and The Smith Family do wonderful things with what we donate, but make sure you donate responsibly.  Charities spend millions of dollars every year disposing of stuff that's not fit to be reused.  Make sure any items you donate are in friend-worthy condition, and don't dump and run outside the front doors of the store.

There's also Dress for Success for women's corporate wear. This international group helps women to achieve economic independence by providing support, professional clothing and more.
ALTERNATIVES TO THROWING AWAY

Sometimes it's just time to part ways with some of your stuff.  Before you get rid of it, consider some alternatives;

SELL IT

Make some cash on your pre-loved stuff every day of the year by selling it on eBay. You can even sell your next FIVE items for free here.  Plus if you're new to selling online, you'll find lots of great tips for sellers there, too. 

Hot tip: Sundays from 8-10 pm is peak time for purchasers on eBay so be sure to set your listings to end then!

GIVE IT AWAY

It's worth asking your friends if they want first pick of any of the goodies you're planning to send on their way - it's a good excuse for a bit of a get-together, too!

You might want to consider also giving kid's books or toys to the local child care centre or doctor's surgery.  They are often only too glad to take them off your hands!

DONATE IT

Charities like Vinnies, the Salvos and The Smith Family do wonderful things with what we donate, but make sure you donate responsibly.  Charities spend millions of dollars every year disposing of stuff that's not fit to be reused.  Make sure any items you donate are in friend-worthy condition, and don't dump and run outside the front doors of the store.

There's also Dress for Success for women's corporate wear. This international group helps women to achieve economic independence by providing support, professional clothing and more.
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Snowy Monaro Regional Council's Buyback Facilities
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Second Chance

Jindabyne Landfill
Address: 6013 Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne, NSW 2627
Phone: 02 6457 1064

OPEN: 
Every Sunday 10am - 3pm

ScrapMart

Cooma Landfill

Address: 8448 Monaro Highway. Cooma, NSW
Phone: 0400 689 360 Glen Weston - ScrapMart Manager

OPEN: 
Every Saturday 1pm - 5pm
Donated items can be dropped off during opening hours, 7 days a week at the Jindabyne Landfill and Cooma Landfill. 

These items should be clean, serviceable and in good condition. 

Please note: Mattresses are NOT Accepted at any of Council's buy back facilities. 
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The buy back facilities at Second Chance located at Jindabyne Landfill and ScrapMart located at Cooma Landfill recycles and sells a range of preloved items including:

  • Larger household items including couches, desks, tables and chairs
  • Drawers, cupboards and storage containers
  • Mirrors
  • Cutlery and crockery
  • Luggage and bags 
  • BBQ's, lawnmowers, whipper snippers and garden tools
  • Leftover building materials including, windows and frames, doors, blanks of timber, roofing, intact tiles, rugs and good carpet leftovers. 
  • Clothing (ScrapMart - Cooma Landfill only)
  • Books, DVDS and games
  • Electrical Goods (ScrapMart - Cooma Landfill only)
For more information, please visit Council's dedicated webpage Buyback Facilities.


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