FAQs

Here's a handy guide to the questions we get asked the most. Consider it your Garage Sale Trail 101.

WHAT IT IS ABOUT?

Garage Sale Trail is the nation’s biggest weekend of garage sales. An estimated 430,000 Australians got involved in 2019 either by selling their pre-loved stuff at a garage sale or shopping the Trail for bargains and unique finds.

Made possible by the councils of Australia, it’s all about how the small actions we each take as individuals can make a big difference to our communities and our planet. One garage sale on its own doesn't make that much difference but get 16,000 happening over the one weekend and KAPOW that’s a lot of items not going to landfill and more cash in people's pockets! Last year over 3 million kilograms of pre-loved items were sold, from kids toys to clothes, furniture and antique tea sets. You name it, you can find it on the Trail.


IS GARAGE SALE TRAIL HAPPENING IN 2020?

Yesiree! One thing the pandemic has taught us is how much can be achieved when we all work together. It's also driven home the importance of connecting with our fellow humans, not to mention how important making a few extra bucks on the side from the sale of pre-loved stuff can be.

Garage Sale Trail, the recovery edition, is happening on Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 November 2020.

This year's event is all about helping you make or save money by buying or selling secondhand and with new ways to get involved both online and in the real world, you can take part no matter what restrictions are in place. The best way to stay informed is to sign up to our mailing list and follow our socials.


IS IT SAFE TO HOST A GARAGE SALE?

This year we're all about providing you with as much support as possible to help keep you safe on the Trail. From a Covid-safe toolkit of resources and tips for those hosting real life events to ways you can be involved online.

However you choose to get involved it's important you comply with the relevant Public Health Orders or other laws and regulations made by your local or state government.

There's more on the steps we're taking here.

HOW ARE YOU RESPONDING TO COVID-19?

We're bringing you new ways to be involved this year, both online and in the real world and are dedicated to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all involved.  From taking part in an online masterclass to hosting a virtual garage sale live on Facebook or Instagram, there’s something for everyone. Read more about the plans we have made to keep you safe here.


WHO IS IT FOR?

The best thing about Garage Sale Trail is that it’s for everybody. Households, community groups, charities, schools, local businesses, even whole streets get involved! It’s also a great event for makers and creators to showcase their wares and for good causes to raise a quid or two to support their work.


HOW DO I REGISTER A GARAGE SALE?

Setting up your online or real world garage sale is a simple process that takes no more that five minutes. Once done you get a free listing on our site and on the national map (viewed over 2 million times in the lead up to the event) as well as access to free resources like posters, bunting and social media tiles. Register here or take a look at our handy tutorials on how to register for a virtual or real world garage sale.


WHAT EVENTS ARE HAPPENING LOCALLY?

From early October, you'll be able to search for garage sales happening near you and online using our national map and create a list of favourites to visit over the weekend of 21 & 22 November.

Already decluttered or got too much stuff? This year we’re also running a series of online masterclasses. The Trail Tutorials have been designed to help you make money and save things from landfill all from the comfort of your home! 


IF I’M HAVING A GARAGE SALE, DO I HAVE TO BE INVOLVED ON BOTH SATURDAY & SUNDAY?

Not at all. You can host a sale, or shop the Trail, on Saturday 21 or Sunday 22 November, or do both and this year you don't even need to leave the comfort of your home thanks to a world first program of virtual garage sales that will see people across Australia live stream their sale on Facebook or Instagram.



WHO KEEPS THE MONEY RAISED FROM THE DAY?

It’s totally up to you what you do with the money raised. Some sellers keep the proceeds, others choose to fundraise for a charity, local community group or cause. On average, households make just over $350 on the day. Schools and community groups over $1,500.


WHAT CAN I BUY OR SELL ON THE TRAIL?

With over 3 million items going up for sale every year, you can find pretty much anything on the Trail.   We’ve seen everything from rocket powered jet packs to llamas, apartments, a lifetime collection of Stars Wars memorabilia and even two grandpas who were listed for cups of tea and biscuits.

In the name of reuse, it's all about secondhand, from pre-loved furniture, kids toys and books to clothing, vinyl, knick knacks and more. All we ask is that you keep it clean and legal (PG please)!


WHEN’S THE BEST TIME TO HOST YOUR GARAGE SALE?

Most real world garage sales run from 9am – 2pm. If you're hosting a virtual sale and live streaming on Facebook or Instagram we recommend choosing a 30 minute window during that time too.


DO I HAVE TO HOST MY SALE AT HOME?

Not necessarily but it you’re looking to host your sale elsewhere, be sure to get the necessary permissions from the landowner or your local council and always have your own safety in mind. There are some places garage sales just shouldn’t be. Like roundabouts, or footpaths, or inside an actual swimming pool.


WHY IS THIS ANY DIFFERENT TO ORGANISING A GARAGE SALE ON ANOTHER WEEKEND OF THE YEAR?

Garage Sale Trail is Australia’s biggest reuse and community event. If you participate, you'll join hundreds of thousands of Australians nationwide. For first time garage salers we make it easy by providing tools, tips and a highly trafficked website (2 million views). 

For more seasoned sellers, taking part in Garage Sale Trail is all about the big impact you can make. By joining together with people across Australia to sell or shop at a garage sale on one weekend, you’ll help save millions of kgs of stuff from landfill.


I’M IN! HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Registrations are open now. Setting up your sale listing takes no more than five minutes of your time and once completed you’ll get access to free promotional materials including posters, bunting and a Covid-safe toolkit, created to help make your sale a rip-roaring success and keep you safe on the Trail.

The most successful sales get creative with their sale name and tell people what they're offering at their sale – think special guests, music, entertainment and free giveaways.

And fear not, if things change, you can edit your sale at any time, simply by logging in to your Garage Sale Trail account.


I CAN’T HOST A SALE OUTSIDE MY HOME. CAN I STILL BE INVOLVED?

Sure thing. Many areas also have group sales you can join as a stallholder, and bring along a suitcase / table / car load of stuff to sell.

For the first time this year you can host a virtual sale too from inside your home by live streaming on Facebook or Instagram. Find out more here.


CAN I SELL FOOD AT MY SALE?

We love a good feed here at Garage Sale Trail and there is almost nothing better than enjoying a freshly baked scone with your newly purchased pre-loved jumpsuit / dog figurine / handbag. But if you’re planning on selling food, you’ll need to have the necessary food hygiene and safety certificates so speak to your local council if that’s what you have planned.


IS MY COUNCIL PARTICIPATING AND WHY DOES THAT MATTER ANYWAY?

Your local council is where the Garage Sale Trail magic starts! Over 115 councils and regional waste groups around the country make Garage Sale Trail possible. Find out if your council is one of them and be sure to say thanks. Garage Sale Trail couldn’t happen without them.

If your council is not involved, you’d better get in quick as we only have a maximum of 10 garage sale spots available in these areas, and they fill up fast.


WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T SELL EVERYTHING?

Experience tells us that while a garage sale is a great way to shift lots of things you no longer need or want, you will have some stuff still left over at the end. To help we'll match you organisations and ways to make sure any stuff you don't sell lives on to do good.

And remember, leaving items on your street or outside a charity donation point after the Garage Sale Trail, or at any time, is illegal and seriously uncool. It makes an eyesore of our beautiful communities and costs charities millions each year in clean up fees.


WHO ORGANISES GARAGE SALE TRAIL?

Garage Sale Trail is run by Australian not for profit social enterprise, Garage Sale Trail Foundation, in partnership with the councils of Australia.

If you’re still searching for the answer, DM us on Facebook or Instagram, or contact us by email and we’ll be back in touch in a jiffy.