13 Sep 2017

Reuse revolution: dirtgirl and scrapboy join the Second Hand Saturday party

Come Saturday 23 September the NSW North Coast will be buzzing with the biggest garage sale day of the year as bargain hunters get amongst the fun of Second Hand Saturday.

Without a doubt, two of the most excited treasure hunters will be dirtgirl and scrapboy who are busy packing their bags to head to the North Coast for Second Hand Saturday.

With the brand-new series Get Grubby TV now screening at 8.20am each day on ABC Kids and iView, you might think the stars of the show would be too busy for a big day out at the garage sales! Not so for this grubby gang of planet lovers who will be exploring the garage sales in the Clarence Valley and Tweed Shire.

Both dirtgirl and scrapboy will be posting live updates on the dirtgirlworld Facebook page as they explore the garage sales on Saturday 23 September. With wish lists including an old chandelier and a rain gauge, who knows what they will find to take back to dirtgirlworld!

dirtgirl digging for bargains in the Clarence Valley

Planet loving dirtgirl herself will be visiting the garage sales in the Clarence Valley.
“This will be my first time at a garage sale and I’m really excited, even though I am wondering how I will fit a garage in my reusable shopping bag…just kidding!” says dirtgirl.
“I like the idea of having exclusive access to a whole lot of cool stuff that never makes it into the shops, especially some nanna things. And I love that I will be reusing other people’s stuff at my place rather than it sitting somewhere being unloved or getting tossed out!” 

dirtgirl’s wish list:
Some seedlings
3 new planter pots
An old chandelier
Things to make a garden mural with
Some old toys for my new idea for a dinosaur garden
A bucket

scrapboy searching for treasures in the Tweed

It’s not just dirtgirl who is looking forward to the biggest garage sale day of the year. Her best friend scrapboy will be looking for all sorts of weird and wonderful treasures in the Tweed Shire.
“I’m a big believer in second hand, in fact I only ever buy or collect second hand stuff. Pretty much everything we make is from other people’s throw outs or spring cleans. I made the ‘scrapellite’ and the juicer, the washing machine and the flying fox from things we got second hand!” says scrapboy. 
“And just lately we made dirtgirl’s new party dress from stuffed toys that no one wanted anymore. But the best thing I have ever made would have to be the ‘Costavator’! Everything used to make it was sourced from garage sales.” 
scrapboy’s wish list:
A rain gauge
A tape measure…retractable
The Hobbit – a great book!
A few switches
An old traffic light (this is a long shot!)
Some new tunes on old vinyl records

Join the Second Hand Saturday party

To join in the Second Hand Saturday fun, be sure to visit the garage sales in your local area across Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed Shire on Saturday 23 September. A leftovers garage sale day will also be held on Saturday 30 September.

The list of garage sales across the North Coast will be available in your local paper from Monday 18 September and here on our website (which includes any late-registrations who didn’t make the print deadline) from Thursday 21 September. To help you plan your garage sale big day out you can also download the handy new app from App Store or Google Play. Registrations will go live on the app from Thursday 21 September.

Follow the Second Hand Saturday Facebook page and be sure to let us know if you spot any items on dirtgirl and scrapboy’s wish lists on Second Hand Saturday!

22 Aug 2017

Clearing the clutter: Brooke McAlary from The Slow Home podcast

With only four weeks to go the countdown is on to the NSW north coast’s biggest garage sale day of the year! Have your registered your garage sale? It’s the perfect chance to declutter the house, not to mention giving people the chance to reuse your pre-loved goods.

But decluttering is about much more than just tidying up the house according to Brooke McAlary from The Slow Home podcast. Over a process of two years, Brooke and her family managed to declutter more than 25,000 items from their home and discovered the joys of minimalism and simple living.
“I never realised how heavy my stuff was until I started letting it go,” says Brooke. What had felt ‘normal’ started to feel excessive as I began to declutter and give away or sell the things I didn’t need (or use or want!).”
“What I discovered, and the reason I’m so passionate about the benefits of simplifying, was clarity. Over time I could see more clearly the things that were important in my life, and gradually I realised that they weren’t really things at all,” says Brooke.

Top tips for decluttering

Brooke suggests that it’s best to break the process of decluttering down into manageable steps.

“Take it slow. You probably didn’t accumulate all your stuff over a month, so it will take you some time to work through it and feel OK about letting go,” says Brooke.
“Small steps taken consistently are more effective than one big spring clean every year. Commit to decluttering 10 things every day, or one small spot in your home and see the impact that makes over a month. You’ll be surprised!”
“Try not to confuse the memory for the thing. When it comes to sentimental items we often equate the item (souvenir, book, baby clothes, art work) with the time it reminds us of. If you can separate the two it will be much easier to judge an item on whether you actually like or use it, rather than muddy the waters by looking at an item and seeing a person or a memory,” says Brooke.

Let’s make second hand normal!

Brooke says that buying second hand and selling your unwanted stuff to others is a great way of reducing your own eco footprint.

“Chances are, everything you need already exists in the world, so why not get out in the community, meet people and see what you can unearth? I love this movement so much. Let’s make second hand normal!”

Register your garage sale

Second Hand Saturday is on again this year on Saturday 23 September across Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed council areas. There’s also a leftovers garage sale day on Saturday 30 September so you have double the chance to sell your stuff.

It’s free to register to hold a garage sale. You’ll get free promotion in local newspapers, online and in the Second Hand Saturday app. You’ll also be able to pick up your free garage sale sign from your local Council office. If you are selling something extra special or interesting let us know on the Second Hand Saturday Facebook page so we can spread the word.

Second Hand Saturday is coordinated by North East Waste on behalf of its member north coast Councils, funded by the NSW EPA's Waste Less Recycle More initiative through the waste levy.

3 Aug 2017


Biggest Garage Sale Day on the North Coast
Roll up, roll up! Second Hand Saturday is on again on Saturday 23 September across Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed regions. It’s the biggest garage sale on the north coast and a chance for you to turn your trash into treasure. A ‘leftovers’ day will also be held on Saturday 30 September so you get double the chance to sell your stuff.

Register online to hold a garage sale and we’ll promote it for free in local newspapers, online and in our handy Second Hand Saturday app. It’s free to register and you’ll also be able to pick up a free garage sale sign from your local Council in the weeks leading up to the big day.

With over 1,000 garage sales at last year’s event and hundreds of shoppers on the hunt for a bargain, this year is set to be bigger than ever. Jump on the bandwagon and make reuse and recycling fun!

3 top reasons to hold a garage sale

  1. Swap your clutter for cash – Second Hand Saturday is a great excuse to have a big spring clean and de-clutter the house. Why hoard all those unused and unwanted household items when you could sell them and put the money to good use? Clothes, furniture, kitchen items, toys, books and more … you’ll be surprised at how many things could be given a second life in a new home.
  2. Raise money for your local club – A giant garage sale is a fantastic idea for an annual fundraiser. It’s also an opportunity to get together and show off your team spirit as part of this fun community event. With free promotion across the north coast, don’t miss your chance to raise funds and spread the word about your cause.
  3. Help the environment – With millions of tonnes of waste being sent to landfill by Australian households each year, holding a garage sale is one of the best ways that you can join the war on waste. Avoid a trip to the tip and let someone else breathe new life to your old treasures. Together we can lead the way on reuse and recycling across the North Coast! Let’s do this!

What people said last year

"Thank you for organising this great event! We sold a lot, but we really enjoyed the social aspect and meeting different people."
" The unified approach and the brilliant and colourful advertising made me feel like I was part of something special. It was great to be spreading the reuse message and promoting less waste to landfill." 
"We got rid of a lot of stuff and there were plenty of people out looking at all the garage sales."

Register your garage sale

It’s free to register to hold a garage sale. Register online now! You’ll get free promotion and advertising in local newspapers, online and in the Second Hand Saturday app.

You’ll be doing your bit to reduce landfill while being part of a fun community event across the whole of the NSW North Coast.

Keep up to date by following us on Facebook.

16 Sep 2016

Garage sale secrets: five things you’ve got that shoppers want

Roll up, roll up for the biggest garage sale day on the NSW north coast! Your old stuff might be someone else’s treasure so why not join the fun and hold your own garage sale. You’ll help the environment by giving people the opportunity to reuse and recycle goods while taking part in a great community event. Here are five things you might have that second hand shoppers want.
 The Biggest Garage Sale Day!

1. Kitchen items

People love buying kitchen items second hand. The beauty of selling vintage or retro items is that they are now back in style and highly sought after. That old dinner set or Tupperware sitting at the back of the cupboard might be just what someone is on the hunt for. Give your kitchen a spring clean and clear out the clutter.

2. Furniture

Have you got an old lounge lying around or a spare bed that’s rarely used? Why not make some space and sell off those pieces of furniture that are no longer useful. People are always on the hunt for second hand furniture and it’s important not to overlook things that could be lovingly restored. Sell off your second hand furniture and put the money to better use.

3. Books, books, books!

Have you got a bookcase full of books that you’ll never read again? Have the kids moved out and left you with their old collection? Pass on the joy of reading by selling your pre-loved books. Whether it’s novels, children’s books, cook books or biographies, second hand shoppers love an unexpected find to take home and read. And don’t forget those piles of magazines too!

4. Building and gardening supplies

Do you have old building and gardening supplies filling up the garage or yard? From tiles, to pavers, bricks and timber there are plenty of things that bargain hunters can put to good use. And what about shovels, gardening equipment or old pots? Just give them a hose off and they’ll be ready for the next green thumb to reuse. With the spring gardening season upon us, you could also sell some plants.

5. Musical instruments

Musical instruments are made to be played, so if you’ve got an instrument that’s no longer being used why not pass it on to someone else. Whether it’s a piano, guitar, ukulele or old amplifier, musos are always on the lookout for a second hand find. And while you’re at it don’t miss the chance to sell your old CDs and records. Those old tunes never go out of style!

What will you be selling at this year’s Second Hand Saturday?
Tell us what interesting things you’re planning to sell at this year’s Second Hand Saturday. Leave us a comment below. 

8 Sep 2016

Sequins, blue suede shoes and movie memorabilia

A gold record from Elvis, a replica Marilyn Monroe dress and all things stage and sequins.

Murwillumbah's Colleen Fitzgerald from 'The Johnny Young Talent School' held one of 1,000 garage sales across the north coast as part of Second Hand Saturday 2016.

30 Aug 2016

5 tips for holding a great garage sale

Second Hand Saturday is the biggest coordinated garage sale day on the NSW north coast. It’s on again this year on Saturday 24 September across Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed council areas. Here are our 5 top tips for holding the best garage sale in town.

Display your goods: presentation, presentation!

It’s important to make sure your goods shine on the day so you get the best chance of a sale. Organise your items and make sure they look good. Some things might need a quick wash or wipe. The better your second hand goods look the more chance they have of being chosen for purchase.

Display your items in a way that is easy for people to see and make sure there’s room for people to move around and browse. Think about using tables, clothes racks or bargain boxes to display your items and remember to group similar things together.

It’s a good idea to place larger items in the driveway. This will grab people’s attention and encourage them to stop and visit your garage sale.

Set the price

Everyone loves finding a bargain at a garage sale, so set your prices with this in mind and be willing to negotiate. You may be able to charge a higher price for items that are near new or for antiques and collectables.

Make sure the price is displayed clearly for each item or group of items. You can place stickers or price tags on each item or use signs to show the price for a group of items. 

If you are flexible around price and are keen to clear out your goods by the end of the day you could encourage people to ‘make an offer’ instead of set prices.

Manage your money 

Make sure you have plenty of change ready for your garage sale. It’s always better to have more than not enough so you don’t run out and miss out on a sale. Take note of the total amount of cash at the start of the day so you can tally up your profit at the end of the day. 

Think about how and where you want to keep your money so it’s secure and easy for you to access. A money belt or bag is a good idea as it allows you to move around during the day or, for bigger garage sales, you could have someone manning a ‘counter’ with a money box. Keep a calculator and pen and paper close by for quick calculations.

Make it fun 

Second Hand Saturday is all about taking part in the fun of reuse and recycling. Make it fun for both you and your shoppers in your own creative way. Why not put on your favourite music or decorate your driveway or garage? 

A great vibe mean shoppers will be keen to visit your garage sale and will spend more time looking at your goods before moving onto the next garage sale. Think retro, vintage or why not showcase your own ecofriendly style to spread the reuse and recycling message!

Promote your garage sale

If you register online as part of Second Hand Saturday your garage sale will be promoted for free! Your garage sale address will be advertised in local free newspapers and on the Second Hand Saturday website in the week leading up to the big day on Saturday 23 September. There will also be a leftovers garage sale day on Saturday 30 September. 

It’s free to register to hold a garage sale and be part of the fun. Register online now! Then remember to pick up your free Second Hand Saturday garage sale sign from your local Council office. 

If you are selling something extra special or interesting let us know by email or post it on the Second Hand Saturday Facebook page so we can spread the word.