THINKING BIG: Central Coast Council wants your help to take the title as Australia’s most sustainable region, whatever you may have to sell at the nation’s biggest re-use event.
THINKING BIG: Central Coast Council wants your help to take the title as Australia’s most sustainable region, whatever you may have to sell at the nation’s biggest re-use event. Amy Brown

CWA leads retro way for Garage Sale Trail

CENTRAL Coast Council is aiming for the number one title when it comes to Australia's biggest re-use event, the 2017 Garage Sale Trail, on the weekend of October 21 and 22.

And where would any event be without a bit of input from the CWA?

CWA of NSW Tuggerah Lakes branch was one of the first groups to register for this year's sale, which involves over 150 councils Australia-wide.

"We have our own rooms, which not many of the branches still do, and consequently there's been a bit of 'hoarding' going on, thinking 'maybe we'll be able to do something with that next year ...', so we've decided it's time to have a clear-out," president Margaret Heathcote said.

"We have a lot of things they call retro today, which we just call old," she laughed.

Among the items up for grabs is a stack of heavy vintage yellow crockery by Johnson of Australia, probably dating from the 1950s, including dinner and side plates, cups and saucers, which is trending again online.

There's also retro furniture including chairs, card and trestle tables, and a collection of craft items from lace to buttons and beyond.

Members are also being encouraged to donate items for sale - "so long as if it doesn't sell, they take it home again, we're meant to be clearing out, not collecting!"

And while the CWA is definitely about more than tea and scones, no-one can deny they do them well, and Margaret said all the things you normally find at a CWA street stall will also be on sale, including craft, cakes and scones.

All the money raised will go to the CWA's charity work, including disaster relief, hospital support and helping families in need.

This is the first time the Garage Sale Trail will run over the entire weekend, but the CWA will only open its doors at 1 Pacific St, Long Jetty, only on the Saturday.

"Last year the Coast recorded 201 individual sales and 116 group sales, with approximately 8000 coastal shoppers out and about supporting the event - all across just one Saturday," said Council administrator Ian Reynolds.

"Council is encouraging residents, businesses and community groups to get together to sell off their unwanted goods and be part of the solution to creating a more sustainable Central Coast.

"We are aiming to go even bigger this year and take the number one spot as Australia's most sustainable region, so we need as many registered sales as possible."

For more information and to register, visit garagesaletrail.com.au.


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