Innovation In Giving

Garage Sale Trail

The Garage Sale Trail was first brought to life in May-2010 as part of a local creative community festival in Bondi. There 126 sales which happened simultaneously on the one day and it was a huge success. It won awards and generated so much interest that in April-2011 it went national and was activated in locations all over Australia. There were 1,613 registrations and the programs outcomes spanning sustainability, community connectivity, local economic impact and media outcomes exceeded all expectations.

Fast forward to May-5 2012 and some 7,732 registrations Australia-wide encompassing sales by makers & creators, cultural institutions, households, local businesses, schools and community groups. There was 624,432 items listed for sale at a total approximate value of $2,471,513. 150,000 people participated in event nationally and an estimated 45,084 new neighbourly connections were made via the day.

Everything was for sale from rare Beatles vinyl, a definitive collection of New Yorker Magazines from the 50′s. a horse and cart and even a beachside apartment

With Nesta’s support plans are now being made for Garage Sale Trail’s UK rollout during 2013 to further expand the program’s positive impacts.

The award

Garage Sale Trail was awarded £50,000 through the Innovation in Giving Fund. It has now launched in the UK and you can find out more at


Darryl Nichols

Co-Founder & Partner

Andrew Valder

Co-Founder & Partner

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