With over 700 garage sales held across the northern rivers region on Saturday, drawing thousands to shop for preloved items, treasures and collector pieces, Second Hand Saturday proved to be a huge success for recycling, reuse and fostering community connections.
‘We know that these garage sales saved tonnes of waste from going to landfill and precious resources from being wasted forever,’ said Education Coordinator for NE Waste, Linda Tohver. ‘Congratulations must go to our community for making this event a massive recycling success.’
Another added bonus of events such as Second Hand Saturday is the social interaction and community connections that are fostered.
‘Roaming the garage sales in our waste education van with performer P.E.T. – an avid garage sale shopper and promoter of living with less waste - we saw wonderful community spirit, including some great fundraising events.
We saw happy children playing with their ‘new’ preloved toys, happy teenagers finding a new Xbox game, happy parents sharing stories and offering parental advice whilst shopping for themselves as their children were entertained with preloved toys, happy collectors filling their trailers with ‘new’ purchases and happy garage sale sellers whose efforts were being rewarded. There were smiles all around and that’s the kind of community spirit we are trying to achieve through Second Hand Saturday,’ said Ms Tohver.
Second Hand Saturday also attracts those people who usually don’t hold garage sales, and those that have never shopped at a garage sale before. NE Waste and it’s member councils understand the benefits of campaigns such as this one in providing an opportunity to change people’s practices and participate in a recycling activity that they otherwise might not have.
If you did miss out on visiting the garage sales, don’t despair, as more will be held this Saturday 1st November. Check the Second Hand Saturday website www.secondhandsaturday.com.au to find out where and what is being sold.
NE Waste and its member Councils thank those that held and organised garage sales, or shopped at garage sales as part of Second Hand Saturday.
Second Hand Saturday is coordinated and funded by North East Waste on behalf of Ballina, Byron and Tweed Shires, Clarence and Richmond Valley, Lismore City and Kyogle Councils and the NSW EPA’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative
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