Bargain-hunters count down to big sale event

Catherine MasseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
Busselton Museum president Alan Horridge, vice president Stephanie Piper, and secretary Kathie Green look forward to selling duplicates from the museum’s large collection.
Camera IconBusselton Museum president Alan Horridge, vice president Stephanie Piper, and secretary Kathie Green look forward to selling duplicates from the museum’s large collection. Credit: Catherine Massey

There’s a chance to grab a bargain next weekend when the annual Garage Sale Trail comes to Busselton.

Held at The Old Butter Factory, the national event gives locals the opportunity to pick over second-hand treasures and sell unwanted belongings.

Trail co-founder Andrew Valder said by putting second-hand first, the life of goods could be extended, taking the pressure off the world’s diminishing resources.

“It’s all about getting together as a community, having some fun while picking up a bargain, and doing something that can really make a difference,” he said.

The initiative is now in its 10th year and aims to educate people on the importance of reusing goods and encourage them to take responsibility for their own waste in a fun and social way.

“We’ve seen some pretty extraordinary items for sale during the last decade, from a pregnant alpaca and a house in Safety Bay to a Jaguar 2003 X-Type and a six-foot zombie butler,” Mr Valder said.

The Busselton Museum will also be selling some replica pieces from its collection.

Co-founder Darryl Nichols said last year’s national trail event diverted more than three million kilograms of goods from landfill.

The Garage Sale Trail is expected to see more than two million items listed across 16,000 garage sales nationwide.

This year’s event, held on November 21 and 22, will also have garage sales throughout Australia available online.

Visit garagesaletrail.com.au.

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