Great Southern region preparing to get on the trail of garage bargains

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Get ready to grab a bargain as Australia’s biggest re-use event, the Garage Sale Trail, returns to the Great Southern this weekend.

The annual trail is coming to town on November 21 and 22 with more than 50 different sales registered across the region.

Now in its 10th year nationally, the sustainability and community initiative aims to educate people on the importance of re-use, encouraging waste responsibility while connecting communities in a fun and social way.

Jane Michael from Designer Dirt is getting involved in the event for the first time.

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“We thought it would be a good opportunity to have a tidy-up,” she said.

“We’re clearing out items in-store and have some older unique bits and pieces too.”

The Designer Dirt garage sale will have hundreds of second-hand items for sale including books, cane ware, antique household appliances, and old stock from the shop.

Ms Michael said the event was a great idea.

“It’s always good to promote sustainability and recycling,” she said.

“I think some people will get a bit of fun out of the items that are there — there’s some interesting stuff.”

Designer Dirt’s sale will be held at 230 Chester Pass Road in Walmsley on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm.

Garage Sale Trail co-founder Andrew Valder said the global situation had helped highlight our impact on the planet.

“The same principles apply when it comes to living a more sustainable life,” he said.

“There’s plenty of small adjustments we can make and different ways we as individuals can make a big difference and help extend the life of our planet’s resources — hosting a garage sale or shopping second-hand both included.”

The event has grown to a campaign powered by more than 110 councils around Australia.

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