Sites sign up for garage sale trail
Five sites on the Peninsula have signed up so far for the garage sale trail on the weekend of October 19 to 20.
One, in Killcare Heights, is offering professional musician's treasure trove of equipment, while another one in Blackwall has antiques and collectables from a deceased estate.
Central Coast Council is encouraging more households to register.
Council manager Mr Andrew Pearce said the community really embraced the trail last year with more than 10,000 locals participating.
"Recycling practices and our commitment to reuse meant that each sale last year had an average of 516kg of items change hands rather than going straight to landfill," Mr Pearce said.
"This had an incredibly positive impact on our environment and helped further educate residents on their roles to help reduce the waste we all create.
"Last year we had more than 300 registered sales and stalls across the region placing us in the top 10 of participating councils and it would be fantastic if we could improve on this success.
"Remember, your trash could be someone else's treasure, so if you have something in good condition that you are thinking of throwing out which could be sold instead, make sure you join this incredible community movement."
More than $88,000 changed hands on the Central Coast in 2018, with over $10,000 raised for charities and community groups across the region and the average household pocketing just shy of $300.
Mayor Cr Jane Smith said whilst decluttering and raising money, the Garage Sale Trail also provides a way to meet neighbours and create community connections.
"This multi award-winning community event presents a fun and social way to encourage reuse and helps residents understand the value and importance of buying second-hand," Cr Smith said.
"At the end of the day we need to take responsibility for the waste we create and find new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.
"We're really pleased to be involved in this national event as reducing waste and building community capacity are key priorities for Council."
Garage Sale Trail Co-Founder Andrew Valder said event organisers predict more than two million items will be listed for sale and reuse across the country.
Register online at garagesaletrail.com.au/centralcoast.
Website 12 Sept, 2019
Garage Sale Trail
Media Release, 14 Aug, 2019
Andrew Pearce, Central Coast Council