Everybody needs good garage sale neighbours

Everybody needs good garage sale neighbours

Apartment dwellers who love a good garage sale but don’t have the space to hold one are in luck: a bright little piece of suburbia is coming to town for one day only.

Local artist Georgia Perry will map out a residential street on the floor of a vacant Surry Hills office space in celebration of the great Australian tradition of garage sales turning trash into treasure.

The re-creation of a suburban street is one of the City’s partner events for the Garage Sale Trail on Saturday 26 October, when households and businesses across the nation will set up stalls to offer their wares to their neighbours.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City had been supporting the trail since it started four years ago. Over 110 councils across Australia are now signed up.

“We need to divert waste from landfill and also create better-connected communities: the Garage Sale Trail is doing both. Garage sales are a great way to catch up with neighbours, make new friends and celebrate the communities we live in, while also de-cluttering or snapping up a few bargains.

“Just as importantly, selling second-hand wares is also a great form of recycling, avoiding the need to dump perfectly good items into landfill that is already under pressure.”

City of Sydney residents generate about 60,000 tonnes of garbage every year, but have little opportunity to hold garage sales because 70 per cent of residents live in high-density accommodation such as apartments.

Ms Perry said she wanted to create an atmosphere reminiscent of the long-running television series Neighbours at this year’s trail

“It’s ironic that we will be replicating the suburbs as we don’t have lawns, picket fences or single letter boxes. So I will be making them as part of my display,” Ms Perry said.

Her mini-suburb will be drawn out on the empty floor of Paramount House, the art deco building in Surry Hills that has recently been reopened as a café, bar and underground cinema.

People wanting to set up a garage sale on the big day should register for free on garagesaletrail.com.au.

Shoppers who have picked out a route from the Garage Sale Trail’s website can add one or all of the partner events being sponsored by the City of Sydney:

  • ‘Everything Must Go!’ at Paramount House, 80 Commonwealth Street Surry Hills. This pop-up market will feature local makers, creators and clever residents selling sustainable or re-used wares.
  • Artist collective, 107 Projects Garage Sale, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern, will open its (garage) doors for a bumper day of crafting, mending, doing, making, music, BBQs, coffee and free workshops.
  • Garage Sale Bike Trail is a cycling tour from The Rocks to Moore Park. Take in the most spectacular Sydney sights before stopping at some of the best hand-picked garage sales in the City of Sydney. There’s a morning ride and an afternoon ride from Moore Park back to The Rocks. Limited seats available.
  • Upcycling with cardboard at Work-Shop is a chance to get creative with cardboard and learn to make incredible everyday items like chairs or wallets. Taught by local artist, Jeff McCann, these workshops run twice on the day. Be sure to book.


For more information and bookings, visit greenvillages.com.au/garage-sale-trail-is-back-saturday-26-october.

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Catharine Munro.

Phone 0467 810 160 or email cmunro@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Jonathon Larkin.

Phone 0477 310 149 or email jlarkin@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au