Turn your unused stuff into cash

Time to round up your unused items and turn them into cash.
Time to round up your unused items and turn them into cash.

If you answered ‘yes’ you’re not alone! Two thirds of Australians admit to having too much stuff at home and not enough space for it all, according to a recent Newspoll survey.
The good news is there’s a fun and easy way to de-clutter and earn some cash – the National Garage Sale Trail on October 25.      
Now in its fourth year, the event is a day of simultaneous garage sales across the country and encourages Australian households, schools and community groups to clean up, reuse, meet their neighbours and make some money.
Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Garage Sale Trail had proven very popular with Sunshine Coast residents.
“Last year the Sunshine Coast had the second highest number of registered garage sales in Queensland for this event and the highest number of community groups participating anywhere in Australia,” she said.
“All up there were 194 registered garage sales in our region, including 18 community groups, five schools and six local businesses.
“Each seller sold an average of eight shopping trolleys full of items on the day which equated to around 1552 shopping trolleys in total of items that were redistributed.
“Approximately $90,000 was spent locally and each seller had conversations with around 20 new people on the day, which meant around 17,500 community connections happened locally on the day.
“So this event enabled us to divert resources from landfill, reinvest some money into our local community and meet new neighbours for the first time.”
National Garage Sale Trail co-founder Daryl Nichols said more than 350,000 Australians were expected to take part in this year’s event.
“This is a day where we can all have some fun, make a few dollars and play a very active role in living more sustainably,” he said.
For more information about the National Garage Sale Trail or to register for this year’s event, visitwww.garagesaletrail.com.au