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Garage Sales and Trash & Treasure

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They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Garage sales and trash and treasure events provide joy and bargains for those on the hunt and good cash into your club’s coffers. Club members donate goods they no longer want, the club puts up a few signs, promotes the sell- off and the fossickers come with cash to help you raise money. A win-win for everyone, and that is the most powerful formula for successful fundraising.

Garage Sales and Trash & Treasure

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Financial Consideration

Set up costs are minimal which is one of the great attractions of this type of fundraiser, price tags are about it. The major cost will be in the removal of unwanted goods. Some local op shops may take them but most likely you will end up with a trailer load of unsold goods destined for the tip. Be aware and factor this into your costs.

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Depending on the day and traffic and of course the donated goods, your club can expect to raise anywhere from $500-$2,000.


Everyone in the community loves a good garage sale or trash and treasure market. Advertising on local radio or newspapers via a community service announcement is a great way to publicise so to is you club resources such as the website and social media pages.

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Licenses and Permits

Some councils will restrict the amount of placards and signs as well as the placement of the signs. Check before you run your event.

Event Format

Pick your location and timing of your garage sale or trash & treasure event. If held at a club member's house then beware of the 6am professional fossickers who try to beat the crowds and snag the best trash on offer (yes they do exist). Encourage members to donate a minimum of 2 items each and organise a collection point and adequate storage facilities for the donated goods.

Have goods priced and floats ready to go first thing in the morning and ensure you have a staff roster for the day – 2 people on for 2 hr shifts may be adequate, depends on the size and space of your sale. Consider a safe as an option for your cash management.

Cleanup at days end, or the following day, will also require a roster and it may well help to have a trailer strategy and removal plan organised with local op shops before the day.


This procedure should be treated as a guide only. Your club should seek advice specific to the needs of your club and event. Seek further details from authorities and service providers; especially in regards to insurance, licences, permits, spectator and participant safety.