Garage sales stats put second-hand first

BRIGHTON municipality’s participation in last year’s Garage Sale Trail was well supported by members within the community, but more can still be done. The Garage Sale Trail’s Impact report from last year’s national program shows some positive statistics from people within the municipality who participated in the sale trail to help reduce and re-use waste in the region.

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The annual Garage Sale Trail is supported by Brighton Council and promoted locally via social media and Brighton Community News, direct to Brighton Municipality residents. A national television, radio, digital and social media campaign helped raise awareness of the weekend event throughout the country. The weekend itself was preceded by a 10-week waste education and awareness-building campaign which encouraged residents to put second-hand first.

Last year a total of 391 of Brighton Municipality’s residents were involved as sellers or shoppers over the event weekend. A total of 59 sales and stalls were registered locally with 370 people visiting the website around the day itself.

The estimated weight of items reused locally was 3196 kg which is 39 per cent of items that would have otherwise gone into landfill. The report found that 89 per cent of people who took part are more likely to reduce waste as a result of participating in the Garage Sale Trail and 81 per cent of participants felt more connected to the local community following the event. A total of 3200 items went up for sale locally.

Brighton Council’s chief operating officer James Dryburgh said the Garage Sale Trail involvement was encouraging.

“As a Council we believe these national initiatives are vital to help educate the larger population and we have a duty to help further down the chain in educating our own community at a local level to reduce waste and recycle unwanted items.  The national Garage Sale Trail goes a long way to help communities understand what they can do, while at the same time earning some money from the items they sell,” Mr Dryburgh said.

“Of course we can do better and we will continue to support the campaign to encourage our community to think about reducing waste and re-purposing unused items.”