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12 September 2019
Garage Sale Trail is happening in Kwinana and across Australia, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October 2019. Garage Sale Trail is a not-for-profit social enterprise founded by Sydney friends, Darryl Nichols and Andrew Valder. It seeks to educate Australians on the importance of reuse, waste education and building resilient communities.
Fast fashion is driving the purchase of clothing that's often discarded after just two or three wears. Australians buy 27kgs of new textiles each year and discard 23kgs to landfill, that's the same weight as six blue whales worth of clothes going into landfill every single hour.
Mayor Carol Adams recently modelled a stunning creation by Perth designer Kate Hannah. Kate runs her own fashion label, P'JUNK which focuses on sustainability and ethical manufacturing. Especially made for Garage Sale Trail, Kate created two amazing pieces from clothing bought at op shops and repurposed fabric and gave them a whole new life.
Mayor Adams said as a community and as individuals we need to take responsibility for the waste we create and start thinking differently about what we buy and what waste is.
"I'm wearing this colourful blazer today to encourage everyone in the City of Kwinana to become a re-use Trail Blazer with me as part of Garage Sale Trail this October."
"By selling or shopping at garage sales it teaches us how simple actions done collectively can create big change" Mayor Adams said.
Co-Founder of Garage Sale Trail, Andrew Valder said Garage Sale Trail has built a reputation as a source for classic fashion and vintage finds.
"Over the years we've seen stylists, labels and vintage lovers unleash fashion and amazing handmade creations at garage sales across the country."
"If your next pair of jeans was a secondhand pair instead of brand new that will save the same amount of C02 as watching every series of Game of Thrones four times on a big-screen TV."
Anyone in the community can get involved if they have clothing or other items to sell by hosting a sale or shopping the Trail at garagesaletrail.com.au – registration is free and now open.