We interrupt regular programming this morning to get behind one of the great recent events in the national calander: Garage Sale Trail. We hold no doubt that many of you (as we do) come from a mindset of reusing, recycling and a steadfast rejection of planned obsolescence. Garage sales, op-shop hunting and hard rubbish fossicking are the undisputed the gateway drug through which many find their first love of brilliant design and Mid-Cenutry aesthetics. That lamp/ashtray/coffee table/LP/Tretchikoff print you picked up cheaply years ago second hand, a humble introduction to an entire world of deisgn, creators and philosophies from which we’ll (gladly) never recover.
Garage Sale Trail 2019 seeks to celebrate this underrated happenstance of community spirit, recycling and treasure hunting with its growing listing of 18,000 sales events and nearly half a million participants over one single weekend – October 19th/20th. What could possibly get the spine tingling more than spotting garage sale after garage sale, lining your streets on a springtime Saturday/Sunday morning?
You can get involved as a seeker or register your own sale on the Grage Sale Trail website – all for free. You’ll get a little marketing help and can even dedicated it as your own charity event – wins all round!
We’ll be opening up the socials today for a chat fest, posing the question: what is the most valuable – sentimental, financial or historical – find you’ve ever made at a garage sale? We have a few, though nothing will compare to a mate unwittingly buying 2 x leather Falcon Chairs (Vatne Mobler, 1970s) at $10 a pop at a regional sububan garage sale, just becuase she liked the look of them!