Some of my fondest memories during my teenage years were visiting garage sales with my folks. We would leave no stone unturned to discover random bargains that we couldn’t leave without, and bartering was half of the fun! It was such an adrenaline rush that it replaced our caffeine fix on Saturday mornings. The night before, we would look up the locations of the garage sales listed at the back of our local newspaper in our Melway to map out the most efficient route. In the morning, we would also remember to bring all the loose change. Going to garage sales almost became our family tradition!
It’s thanks to years of visiting garage sales that I developed my unique sense of style and a penchant for buying as much as I can second hand. To this day, my Mom still occasionally scouts garage sales for treasures. Every time she surprises me with a little vintage number, I ask her, “Where did you get this?” She always replies, with a sparkle in her eye,”Garage sale!”
Whether you like to buy or sell, if you’re into garage sales, make sure you check out Garage Sale Trail, the mother of all garage sales. On the weekend of 21-22 October, Australia’s biggest annual community and reuse event will take place in your local neighbourhood. It’s such a fun way to meet people, make money, score some gems and oh, it’s also great for the environment. Have a squiz [HERE] for more info.
If you see a youthful Chinese lady, with a brown leather purse in tow, bartering away in broken English, say ‘hello’ to my Mom for me!