TURN down any street in Emerald tomorrow and you are likely to snatch up a bargain with a record number of garage sales held across the Central Highlands for the national Garage Sale Trail event.
Households, schools and community groups will be bustling with eager, early risers laying their treasures on the lawns with 66 garage sales registered in the Central Highlands. Among them are:
The Lions Club run 'Junk n Treasure Run' group sale at Emerald Showgrounds, with proceeds from site bookings to be donated to Western QLD Drought Relief.
Borilla Kindergarten's 'Big Garage Sale' in Emerald, with a $3 cappacino and sausage sizzle at the ready for those who need to refuel.
"Good stuff on Rethammel Rd" Sapphire, Gemfields.
"Plants and Pre-loved Clothes" on Littlefield Street, Blackwater.
An award winning sustainability and community campaign, Garage Sale Trail is a fun and social way to promote reuse, reduce waste to landfill, meet the neighbours and enable fundraising.
Getting involved locally can give you a chance to win.
Share a snap with us online of you with your best bargain, how much it cost and why you bought it, with the hastag #CHTreasureTrail for your chance to win a prize pack from the CHRC.
Central Highlands facts and figures:
>>66 registered garage sales
>>2000 expected shoppers
>>11,605 items listed for reuse
>>$41,435 of items listed locally
>>3419 expected new community connections
"It's great to see so many wonderful events planned for this year's Garage Sale Trail," Central Highlands mayor Peter Maguire said.
"While it's set to be a fun-filled day, it's also an opportunity to reconsider what we think of as waste."
Warwick Hatch and fellow members of the Emerald Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints will be hard to miss on the streets sporting bright yellow "Helping Hands" shirts.
The team have generously volunteered to pick up unwanted items after the sales, and donate them to second hand stores as part of the church's annual Helping Hands event.
To take them up on their generous offer, contact Hayden from the Central Highlands Regional Council today (Friday, October 23) on 1300 242 686 .
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