Over 1,000 Garage Sales were held over 2 weekends as part of Second Hand Saturday. A massive contribution from all those who either held or attended a garage sale. Thank you all for participating!
Second Hand Saturday, the biggest garage sale day, was held on the 24th September 2016, with a leftovers sale on the 1st October. This annual event has been held 8 times previously. Residents from Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore City, Richmond Valley and Tweed Shire Councils can register to hold their garage sale on Second Hand Saturday and receive free advertising and promotion. Second Hand Satuday 2016 encourage more than 850 people to register to hold garage sales, approximately 200 of which registered for the following weekend as well. Some feedback from this years participants:
We asked our sellers and shoppers what was the best thing about Second Hand Saturday?
" Helped teach my great nephews environmental values and work ethics-they were rewarded with 100% of the proceeds."
" We got rid of a lot of stuff and there were plenty of people out looking at all the garage sales "
" The number of garage sales taking place, make this event more popular and more people are out and about."
" The unified approach and the brilliant and colourful advertising made me feel like I was part of something special. It was great to be spreading the reuse message and promoting less waste to landfill."
" Thank you to all the Councils for organising this great event! We sold alot, but we really enjoyed the social aspect and meeting different people. "
Have your say about Second Hand Saturday 2016
From cars, tinnies and trailers to furniture, clothese and grandma's sparkling jewels the annual Second Hand Saturday garage sales are a shoppers delight.
Make some cash
Garage sales are a great opportunity to make some extra money from household goods and clothes that you might otherwise have given away or thrown away.
Why not give back to the community by giving some or all of your profit to charity.
Donate to charity
A second life
By giving your unwanted things a second life, you are prolonging their future, and helping to divert them from landfill where they will be buried forever.
It is cool to be green, and having a garage sale is a great example of reuse and recycling. Getting the kids involved will help them also to understand the environmental benefits of second hand treasures.
Meet the neighbours
A great way to meet the neighbours is by holding a street garage sale. The more garage sales the more shoppers around, and the more fun the vibe on the street.
Organise your items for sale and ensure they look good. Some may need a wash and/or wipe. The better they look the more chance they have of being chosen for purchase.
Price your items and have in mind a high and low range for each item, in case your customer may wish to bargain with you. Remember that a garage sale is meant to be a fun way of getting rid of old or unwanted items, so set a realistic price and be happy with seeing your items be loved by another home.
Make sure you have some change handy for the day.
If you advertise in the local paper and around the area (eg. placing a sign at the local shops, school, or around and near your place), people will know where to come and what type of items you may have for sale.
Enjoy the day! and make sure you either save the unsold items for another garage sale, donate to charity or take to your nearest waste management centre's recycle shop.
Make some cash, get rid of unwanted items, and meet the neighbours:
How to hold your own garage sale
Top Tips To Garage Sale Shop Till You Drop
1. Plan your garage sale expedition. If you are after something in particular, use our search app. If you want to see what's happenning in a particular suburb, go to the map. Knowing where you want to go and how to get there will save you time. Think about necessary products, measurements, sizes, colours and condition.
2. We know you might be super keen but try not to arrive before the advertised start time of 8am for Second Hand Saturday garage sales. It takes time to set up a garage sale, and sellers need time to get organised before the big event. If you do arrive early, then wait until the seller is ready.
3. Finding a bargain and bargaining is part of the fun of garage sale shopping. Do not expect that all garage sale sellers will necessarily want to haggle though. Be fair and respectful of the prices they elect, but also don't be shy to ask for a small discount. Don't expect freebies unless offered.
4. Smile and be courteous. Sellers will be very thankful for a smile and a simple Hello. They have probably been up late or super early organising their goodies, so offer them a smile and a courteous thank you even if you leave empty handed.
5. BYO Bag - don't forget to bring your own bag!
6. Money in smaller notes and coins will help make sure the seller doesn't run out of change.
7. Check your items before you leave to make sure they are in working order.
8. Keep hydrated and your sugar levels up! Don't forget drinks and snacks to keep you going, and save you time whilst on the road. We prefer reusable drink bottles, travel mugs and snacks in reusable containers.
A Grand Day Out:
we ventured out to many garage sales in The Green House van last year,
see us in action in this film clip.
Over 1000 Garage Sales held this year!