Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Sunshine Coast had the second highest number of registered garage sales in Queensland at the October 26 event and the highest number of community groups participating anywhere in Australia.
“All up there were 194 registered garage sales on the Sunshine Coast, including 18 community groups, five schools and six local businesses,” she said.
“Each seller sold an average of eight shopping trolleys full of items on the day. That equates to around 1552 shopping trolleys in total or around 300 cubic metres of items that were redistributed.
“Approximately $90,000 was spent locally and each seller had a conversation with around 20 new people on the day, which equates to around 17,500 community connections that happened locally on the day.
“So, we diverted resources from landfill, we reinvested some money in our local community and we met quite a few of our neighbours for the first time.”