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This Christmas Join the Growing Movement of Conscious Consumers Who Aren’t Above Pre-loved

With Christmas just around the corner, Brisbane shoppers who want to celebrate the circular economy this year are encouraged to visit the World’s Biggest Garage Sale (WBGS) on Sat 17 November, with a preview night on Fri 16 November. According to the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and Roy Morgan, Australians will spend more than $51 billion across retail stores over the Christmas trading period, a 2.9 per cent increase over the previous year. It would be great to see some of that staggering amount of money going towards creating and sustaining a circular economy in Australia.

 

Christmas Decorations available for Sale at WBGS18

The last couple of years have shone a spotlight on waste, with the ABC’s War on Waste series, and China’s waste ban this year highlighting our consumer culture and a waste problem that has been growing for some time. Our attitudes and perceptions regarding products really need to change — we need to look beyond the surface of an item for its buried value. The latest, greatest and shiniest isn’t always the best (particularly for the environment) and while something might not be ‘brand new’, it can still be new for you or your loved ones.

A lot of people still feel a real stigma around giving gifts that are pre-loved, thinking that others will consider them stingy, but there are a couple of ways to transition.

  • Start with someone you know cares about the environment and openly declare that it is a pre-loved gift and proudly announce where you bought it from, showing the receiver that not only are they receiving a wonderful gift, but that the money spent acquiring it is going towards growing a better community and world to live in.
  • Carefully match the item to the person and ensure it is something they will absolutely love, so they know you’ve put a lot of care into its purchase.
  • Children are great recipients of pre-loved gifts, often not giving a care about where it came from (I know my kids often had more fun with the big box the present came in, rather than the actual gift!). Again, if it’s not for your kids, declare the origins of the gift.
Stationery and Toys on offer at WBGS18 this weekend.

There are many great items on offer at WBGS that would make excellent gifts e.g. christmas decorations, antiques, arts and crafts, stationery, home décor and artwork, quality manchester, electrical goods, gardening items, toys for the kids and appliances still in their boxes.

According to Channel 7 news, most Brisbane locals are more likely to spend money in-store than online and about half of Brisbane like to get their Christmas shopping done by the end of November. So be sure to include WBGS on your November Christmas Shopping trail, grab a bargain and join the growing movement of conscious consumers who aren’t above pre-loved and enjoy knowing their purchase is helping the environment and growing a better world powered by People, Planet and Profit for Purpose!

WBGS takes out two sustainability awards in one week

Spirits are flying high at the World’s Biggest Garage Sale with our team winning not only one, but two awards and our co-founder having been nominated for another! We are very honoured to announce that the World’s Biggest Garage Sale has won:

 

We’re also proud to announce that our founder, Yasmin Grigaliunas, has been named one of Queensland Urban Utilities Making a Difference finalists in the Women In Digital International 2018 awards, coming up this weekend.

The whole philosophy of the World’s Biggest Garage Sale is to activate sustainable consumption practices and promote the circular economy in our beloved River City, Brisbane, with the intention to take it global. It’s fantastic to be recognized for our work, that provides the community with a way to keep good quality unused or unwanted household goods circulating, rather than going to landfill.

At the end of the day we are all trying to make the best choices for our families, the community and the environment. There is a significant amount of embodied energy buried in the everyday goods we purchase every day. At a time when society’s issues with waste are becoming apparent, particularly in Australia, we need a better vehicle to ensure that precious embodied energy doesn’t go to waste.

One way to help limit our impact on the environment is to keep those goods and products circulating at their highest value for the longest possible time. And this is where WBGS comes in. We’re making it easy for the community to donate their unwanted goods and providing a focal event for people to purchase those donated goods. We have weekend donation points and pick-up trucks to come and collect your goods – just go to our Donate Stuff page. We then host an annual event, coming up on Sat 17 Nov, where you can come and purchase those goods (more to come on this in upcoming posts).

To sweeten it even more, we operate on a profit for purpose model, donations are made from the profit of the sale of donated goods to charity, helping the community prosper even further. These awards have highlighted to us that it’s possible to be successful and follow a non-standard business model, while making a positive contribution to the community.

Once again thank you to the Brisbane City Council and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Cleanaway and the Women in Digital Awards Gala. And of course, a huge thanks again to our community – you are the people who inspire us and keep us motivated to deliver greater impact for the wider Brisbane community every day.