Shoppers set to uncover millions of treasures on this year’s trail


Melbourne PR agencies

Hundreds of sales already registered in Victoria

Everyone loves a bargain and this year’s Garage Sale Trail event on Saturday 24 October is shaping up as the country’s biggest-ever sustainable shopping extravaganza with almost four million items listed for sale at

Garage Sale Trail is now driven by over 170 local councils who represent more than 50% of Australia’s population. In 2014, there was 2.9 million pre-loved items from over 8000 garage sales.

The national reuse and community initiative now in its fifth year is offering up a trove of delightfully curious, collectable and colourful finds and shoppers from Victoria keen to unearth some treasure won’t be disappointed. There are 150% more sales registered in Victoria than at this time last year, with numbers rising daily.

As well as customary garage sale fare, Garage Sale Trail unleashes the unique, unexpected and the remarkable. Last year’s surprises included a giant banana, a hand-crafted medieval rocking horse and some signed Muhammed Ali sporting memorabilia. There was a water powered jet-pack, a pregnant alpaca and even a house up for grabs.

This year, one lucky local from Chelsea Heights, Shirley O’Toole, aka Granny Shirl, aged 78, has caught the attention of Collingwood Football Club who are donating items to her Gigantic Garden and Garage Sale in a show of support for this year’s campaign. A Garage Sale Trail old-timer, Granny Shirl is a huge Collingwood fan and has worn her Magpies kit for every sale she’s held.

“I was dumfounded when I found out they were donating items to my sale – I couldn’t believe my luck. I’ve done Garage Sale Trail for the last 3 years now; at my age I have a lot of time on my hands! It is great fun because lots of people come over to our house, we get to see so many new faces,” says O’ Toole.

Garage Sale Trail co-founder Andrew Valder says Garage Sale Trail provides everyone with an opportunity to buy and sell things while having fun and chatting to locals.

“Garage Sale Trail is a pretty fabulous social experience. Neighbours become shoppers and that’s how new community connections are made. In fact, on average, there are 13 new community connections made at every garage sale,” says Valder.

“The social nature of the day coupled with the remarkable items that are unleashed from the sheds, attics and garages across Australia make Garage Sale Trail a pretty amazing collision of good times and good buys – all whilst promoting reuse,” he says.

Shoppers can map out sales they’d like to visit on the day by creating a Treasure Trail at and print it out or fuse their smart phone to guide them from sale to sale.

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