Corrimal Public School helps launch this weekend’s Garage Sale Trail


Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery with Rhiannon Marshall, with Corrimal Public School P&C members Rhiannon Marshall and Jennifer McCormack.

WITH more than 60 sites on offer around the city, Wollongong’s Garage Sale Trail promises to offer plenty of surprises and a great opportunity to uncover a pre-loved treasure.

This year’s Garage Sale Trail, over this weekend (October 19 and 20), will be among the biggest since its inception in 2010. Organisers predict more than 400,000 people will take part in this year’s sales across 18,000 garage sales nationally.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery joined with parents from Corrimal Public School to promote the event yesterday. The public school will be one of the many garage sale sites during the weekend.

Cr Bradbery said the garage sales offer a way of selling items you no longer need or a way to find a quirky or collectable item.

“Council gladly supports this national event as it diverts a lot of material from landfill at Whytes Gully and it encourages people to get to know their neighbours by attending the garage sales,” Cr Bradbery said.

“With thousands of items for sale, you never know what you’ll find.”

Using the website shoppers can map out sales they would like to visit over the weekend free by searching the map and creating their own personalised Garage Sale Trail.

“With thousands of listings on the Trail there’s a wealth of weird and wonderful things for sale around the country this year,” Garage Sale Trail Co-Founder Andrew Valder said.

According to the Gumtree’s 2019 Secondhand Economy Report, 89 per cent of Australians have unwanted items and 33 per cent admit to throwing them in the waste bin. Nationally these unwanted items are valued at over $43 billion.

For more information contact Wollongong Council on 4227 7111 or visit the Garage Sale Trail website.

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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