Turn trash to treasure for annual Garage Sale Trail

Date published: 22 September 2017

Do you have any weird and wonderful items in your house? A vintage games console, Gran’s old lamp, or an antique iron perhaps.

Whatever it is, dust it off and make it photogenic for a chance to win a great prize.

To promote reuse and the annual Garage Trail Sale, Townsville City Council is teaming up with Ian Fleming, local antiques expert and owner of The Speckled Hen, to offer you the chance to win a $50 Speckled Hen gift voucher!

The Homes Treasures competition opened this week and runs through to October 16.

Water and Waste Committee chair Cr Paul Jacob said it was a fun and creative way to promote reuse and recycling.

“Everyone has a camera these days on their phone and an old favorite treasure stashed away just waiting to be photographed and shared with the world,” Cr Jacob said.

“Simply log on to the Townsville City Council’s #HomeTreasuresCompetition Facebook page to submit your best photo.

“The Speckled Hen will choose their top 10 items from the photos you send in.

“The finalists will then be invited to bring their items to the Speckled Hen on Saturday 21 October for valuations and judging.

“The owner of the craziest, most unique, vintage item will be awarded with a $50 Speckled Hen voucher.”

Townsville City Council is among 150 local councils supporting the seventh annual national Garage Sale Trail to be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22.

“The initiative was a huge success in Townsville last year with 203 registered garage sales simultaneously happening in the city,” Cr Jacob said.

“Townsville City Council is committed to reducing the volume of waste going in to landfills.

“The Garage Sale Trail is great way to promote the idea of reusing our waste, giving another life to objects otherwise just thrown in the bin.”

Registration is free at garagesaletrail.com.au

Registration includes a seller webpage that can be personalised by naming the garage sale and listing items that will be for sale on the day.